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I Need To Lose Weight In A Week

Updated on March 29, 2011

Do you need to lose weight in a week? Getting ready for some special occasion? Keep reading, I will explain how you can lose up to 10 pounds in 3 days.

I am writing this article but I need to lose weight too. So, we’re in this together.

I am not a member of Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or Biggest Loser. I have heard all these programs work for people who need to lose weight, naturally. However, the person who needs to lose weight naturally, does not keep their weight loss off for very long. Once the program is complete they normally gain the weight back in a few short months.

Okay, what if you only need to lose a few pounds, just to squeeze into a dress, pair of slacks or jeans? I'm sure you or I would be able to do this on our own. Could you lose weight in a week?

In order to lose the weight we need to look at or learn to make a few important lifestyle changes. We need to correct or address poor eating habits, dietary or nutritional issues.

If you need to lose weight in a week and keep it off without the aid of harmful pills or risky surgeries, let’s take a realistic look at the root problems before contemplating any program on the market.

I did some research, to find out why losing weight, is just so darn difficult.

Link between habits and health

Psychological research, suggests there is a link between poor habits and good health. Simply put, if you have good habits you will have good health and if you have bad habits you will have bad health. Unless, you have a hereditary condition you inherited from the family gene pool. I need to lose weight and I have been personally affected by poor habits resulting in me being overweight, as well as obese, at what point in my adult life.

Millons of people are looking for ways to lose weight, but most fail to realize the poor habits in their life preventing them from losing weight.

Let’s take a look at some poooooooor habits that may be preventing you from losing weight or having good health.

1. Smoking

2. Overeating

3. Not enough sleep

4. Heavy Drinking

5. Fast foods

6. Junk food junkie

7. Lazy

8. Stress

9. Schedule

10. Attitude

Okay, now that I’ve listed all the bad habits hindering "us" from losing weight naturally. Let’s tackle each one and see the negative side effects on our health.


Smoking – this is a no-brainer. Why bother eating healthy and trying to lose weight, when you’re damaging your lungs, heart and cardiovascular systems by smoking? Have you ever seen a co-worker eating a salad, eating fruits and then go outside for a smoke? This irony is not a healthy option because the smoking cancels out all the good behavior.

Try to stop smoking for one week and see how it goes.


Overeating – this one I am guilty of. Overeating, is eating past the feeling of being full. Most people overeat because they’re eating their favorite foods at a buffet or they’re simply finishing the food on their plates or they don’t want leftovers. Some overeat when they’re at functions: celebrating a wedding, birthday, divorce, holidays or etc.

Correction - This is easy to correct and I have used it successfully to lose weight. Cut the size or proportion of your meals in half. Eat less but more frequently throughout the day. And, you will notice the weight or fat just melt off. This really does work!

Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol – the average beer has about 149 calories so if you have one or two per day you will be defeating your chances of losing weight. Calories from alcohol can accumulate rather quickly, giving the recipient what’s commonly known as a beer belly.

Limit consumption - for the purposes of weight loss and your liver. LIMIT the amount of beer or alcohol you consume to perhaps one beer or two light beers per week and you'll notice the belly will drop and you'll be able to see your knees.

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation – many people for various reasons don’t get the required 8 hours of sleep recommended to maintain optimum health. Studies have shown during sleep our body and brain repair themselves, benefiting memory and mood. Why is this so important to lose weight? If you’re moody the more likely you are to eat the wrong types of food, which will cause weight gain.

Suggestion - you're awake because you have a lot on your mind and you can't sleep. Don't lie there in agony, GET UP and write down whatever you think is soooo important that you must take care of the next day. Also, reading relaxes the mind, calmes and soothes nerves so, read a book. After 15 - 30 minutes go back to bed and go to sleep.

Fast Foods

Fast Foods – these fast food restaurant chains are everywhere. The food is tasty and cheap and the service is quick when you drive through. However, the price you pay for frequenting them can add up the pounds, making weight loss out of reach. A big mac hamburger has about 500 or 600 calories, without the soda, fries and apple pie.

Stop eating fast foods for a week or limit your consumption to once or twice a week. You'll see a difference in your weight loss.

Junk Foods

Junk foods – how many of us can live without sweets? Do you love ice cream, twinkies, oreos, chip ahoys, snickers, doritos or any other self-gratifying junk foods? Eating uncontrolled amounts of sugar and salt will only defeat your weight loss attempts. To effectively lose weight try and cut out junk foods altogether or limit yourself to one treat per week.

Americans spent 1.5 billion dollars on junk foods and 10 billion dollars on fast foods. That's right, I said Americans. So, this is not including any other countries outside the US and we're the first ones who are ready to take a pill or surgery to lose weight.


Sedative – otherwise known as being lazy or a couch potato. We don’t think about the time we spend sitting on public transportation, riding in our car, sitting long hours in front of a computer and not to mention lying on our back for 5-8 hours each night trying to sleep.

GET MOVING - To lose weight in a week we have to move more. Go outside for a walk, ride a bike, go for a swim or do something besides sitting or lying down. If you can, walk more places as opposed to jumping in the car to drive there. Could you walk to the local grocers, to see family nearby, or to pick up the kids from school?

No. 1 Reason for Weight Gain

Stress – can sometimes be managed or controlled but all too often stress is caused by pressures placed upon us to accomplish a certain amount of tasks within a certain time frame. Stress can be caused by negative emotions or feelings directed at others or stressful situations, which produces and release certain chemicals in our bodies and then to our brain:

The Effects of Stress

  • Adrenaline and cortisol, the stress hormones, flood our bloodstream to increase the body's metabolism and overcome the effects of fatigue.
  • Breathing becomes shallow as it speeds up to supply increased oxygen to our muscles.
  • Heart rate and blood pressure are increased to rush blood to our arms and legs.
  • Sugars, fats and cholesterol from the liver are converted into fuel for quick energy.
  • Saliva dries up and the digestion and elimination systems are stopped so blood can be directed away from our internal organs to our muscles and brain.
  • Muscles become tense ready for action.
  • Perspiration cools the body allowing it to bum more energy.
  • Blood clotting mechanisms are activated to protect us from blood loss in case of injury.
  • The immune system's efficiency is suppressed.
  • The sleep process is blocked.

Stress Management

Stress Management – stress hould be controlled by using the following: deep breathing, stretching, closing your eyes, reading, quiet environment, soft music, massage or talking to a friend.

Anyone trying to lose weight must have a supportive caring support system, network or group to assist them. This could be a friend, coworker, family member or someone else fighting the weight loss war. When you have great support, you generally have less stress.

Stress could make or break your weight loss success. Where as managing your stress can improve your chances of losing weight in a week.

I am 100 percent confident that this research is true and correct because not only have I studied it but have experienced it.

Like most people, when I am under stress I eat more, have a few too many drinks, eat junk foods and stay awake at night. At least I don't grab a smoke but it's more than understood.

But, the most important thing we all need to remember, is to work on stress management each and every day to lose weight and keep it off.


Schedule – most people are extremely busy heading off to work, sitting in traffic, rushing home to pick up kids from school, going grocery shopping, doctor appointments, ballet, baseball games, cooking dinner and house cleaning. Ugh!!!

This hectic lifestyle sometimes doesn’t allow much room for eating right or exercising. If you need to lose weight, you have to do better planning. When it comes to scheduling your activities.

Advanced Planning


You have to sit down and prepare a healthy meal plan and schedule time to exercise with your family in order to lose weight naturally.

This can simply be done, by making a schedule and setting new healthier priorites and lifestyle changes.

Find time, by cutting out nonessential activities and tasks that are less in value, such as: television, texting or sitting in front of the computer.

Replace those activities with healthy meals and good communication with family members and then perhaps go out to the beach, or park for a walk or a bike ride.


Attitude – this is last and probably the driving force for each person that needs to lose weight. Replace NEGATIVE attitudes with POSITIVE ones; surround yourself with a good support group that will help motivate you to reach your weight loss goals. If you want to lose weight bad enough you will do it.

Lose Up to 10 Pounds In 3 Days

Day 1


Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal

1/2 grapefruit or juice

1 piece toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter


1/2 cup tuna

1 piece toast

Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal


3 ounces any lean meat or chicken

1 cup green beans

1 cup carrots

1 apple

1 cup regular vanilla ice cream

Day 2


Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal

1 egg

1/2 banana

1 piece toast


1 cup cottage cheese or tuna

8 regular saltine crackers


2 beef franks

1 cup broccoli or cabbage

1/2 cup carrots

1/2 banana

1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream

Day 3


Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal

5 regular saltine crackers

1 ounce cheddar cheese

1 apple


Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal

1 boiled egg

1 piece toast


1 cup tuna

1 cup carrots

1 cup cauliflower

1 cup melon

1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream

In addition to its strict daily food prescription, dieters drink 4 cups of water or noncaloric drinks daily.

This diet is just for rapid, temporary weight loss and I would not recommend doing this for long periods. This diet is called the 3-day diet and works amazingly well for quick weight loss if you strictly follow along with drinking lots of water.

Don't forget all the aforementioned suggestions, you can lose weight in a week and keep it off if you just watch and control poor habits. here.


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      The Ab Killer 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I follow a very similar diet from time to time, when I'm feeling like I haven't been eating right for awhile. And it is true I commonly lose between 5-7lbs while doing it. Even without doing cardio! Great Post :D

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      hubpageswriter1 6 years ago

      great hubpage emilclemons6757 you have really coved all of the reasons why you might not be wanting or even trying to lose. This has been very useful and an interesting read. I've always thought a great way to stop yourself snaking or from drinking unhealthy fizzy drinks. Is to drink a fruit smoothie because firstly it stop's you from being and boredom is one of the reasons why people snack in the first place and secondly fruit smoothies are quite thick and filling so it will stop your hunger and thirdly and thirdly when you get a good recipe they taste amazing. So if your interested in looking at some fruit smoothie recipes. i actually hae got a fruit smoothie recipe hubpage so if you want to take a look at it here is a link.

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      Ps thank you emilclemons6757 for all the helpful info

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      emilclemons6757 6 years ago from FLORIDA

      Hi dablufox, thanks for reading I poured my heart and soul in this hub. It took nearly 8 hours of research and writing. I am glad you appreciated these points as most of them are true in my case as well as millions. With some conscious effort we can all make better choices regarding our health.

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      dablufox 6 years ago from Australia

      This hubpage is so true. I have to come to terms with the fact that I probably commit most if not all of these fat gaining sinful habits. Although I have all the right intentions I think getting into a consistent habit and adopting a gradual lifestyle change for the better and healthier. Stress, overwork, bad food choices and even alcohol have all helped to make me a little soft around the middle. On a lighter note I think gradual and small changes over the long haul make all the difference and essentially making continuous improvement to your lifestyle to promote better health is really the core key.

      Solid hub and sound advice to live by, great hub!