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Want the simple honest truth answer to how to start losing weight in 7 days? Start walking. Right now, literally stop reading this article, get out of your chair, put on your shoes and go for a walk! Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, or whatever you can manage!

Still here? Unfortunately it isn’t possible to lose weight by typing on your computer and reading about magic tricks and potions that will change your life forever! Sure there are aids to helping you transform your life and your body but in the end you will have to do your fair share of hard work as well. You have to set some realistic goals and stick with it. Start small, 1 kilo in 2 weeks even. This should be relatively easy if you follow some of our points!

Here are 6 simple tips to help you start losing weight in 7 days:

  1. Stop with the fast food. Maccas isn’t doing you any favours, even this simple step will make you see a difference in a matter of days. Cook at home, it’s fun, cheaper and even if it’s just a piece of beef and some carrots and zucchini that is so much better than some deep fried lard.
  2. Diet as a whole plays a major part of losing weight, more so than exercise. Start being more conscious of what you are eating and when. Be cautious of snacking!
  3. Get yourself a couple of dumbbells. They don’t have to be ultra heavy, the key is to set small goals and work towards them. Lift a few each day, you will be amazed at what this can do. After 3 days of lifting these weights twice a day you are guaranteed to feel better about yourself and gain more confidence in your new fitness regime and the new you.
  4. Start walking! I was being serious with my opening line. Even if you only start walking around your back yard 10 times at night, it is so much better than nothing! Build up the distances and time you spend walking.
  5. Try some sit ups and pushups! No equipment necessary, only your guns and will! Hit the deck and start off slow, be careful of your back, you want to tone up not put yourself in the hospital!
  6. Keep at it! Although you want to set yourself small goals you also don’t want to lose sight of the big picture. It’s easy to take 2 steps backwards after you see some success so once you lose those kilos make sure you keep them off!

If you follow at least 4 of these points for the next 7 days I can guarantee you will see some results and it will only get better from there! Remember you don’t have to go from zero to hero, it’s a process that can be as fast or as slow as you want it to be as long as you are always setting yourself goals and making sure you follow through.

Love handles can creep up on you whatever build you may have! These evil fat deposits can also hit men and women alike! You may have been like me, you may have been walking through a clothing store when you glimpsed your love handles hanging over the top of your jeans…but don’t worry there are exercises to get rid of love handles, I said goodbye to my love handles (before my episode) and so can you!

When we talk about love handles we are actually talking about the oblique are of the body. In order to tone up this area you will need to do a full body exercise. Start working out at least 30 minutes 4 days a week (brisk walking even works great for weight loss) to get your metabolism going and start burning off some fat. Trying to tone up your oblique’s without working out the rest of your body is almost a waste of time.

Great diet is just as important – The best way to lose weight is to combine exercise with a healthy diet. Sure, you can lose weight by only dieting or only working out, but it’s much more effective when you combine the two. Diet can actually prove more important than exercise when it comes to getting rid of your love handles. Make sure you cut out all of the refined, processed and high carbohydrate foods like junk food and sweets and opt for leaner cuts of meat and low carbohydrate vegetables. Eat foods with higher protein levels also, it takes the body longer to break down so it leaves you feeling fuller for longer. If you have to snack get yourself some fruit and nuts instead! Make sure you drink plenty of water or green tea as well.

What exercises work for love handles? – There are a number of different exercises to get rid of love handles!

Walking – As mentioned earlier, brisk walking is a great way to reduce body fat.

Ab Crunches/Sit ups – Doing sit ups will start to work the oblique area straight away and will give noticeable effects within the first week if you are consistent with your routine.

Weight training – Add some weights to your sit ups or simply pump your guns. The more muscle you have the faster your metabolism works. This means the more muscle you have the more calories you burn all day, not just when you are exercising.

Twist Crunches – This exercise works your obliques nicely and helps work on those handles of love. These are like regular crunches but as you bring your elbow in extend your opposite leg out and then alternate.

To be honest I think that these exercises to get rid of love handles work very well but only in conjunction with a proper diet and your dedication. Starting is the hardest part! Before you know it you will feel better than you have ever felt before!

Carbohydrates are an important part of any diet so it only seems fitting to include 6 of the best carbohydrates for your body!

Banana’s

You know what? Those monkeys are onto something! Not only do Banana’s make for an ideal “on the run” snack but they are also really good for you! Because banana’s are full of B vitamins (B2, B6 and also vitamin C) and sustained release sugars they are a great source of energy before a work out. Banana’s also contain a lot of Potassium which helps prevent cramps which make them great for after workouts too! Banana’s also contain the minerals Magnesium, Manganese and also fiber which is essential for good digestive health.

Why not chop up a banana to have with your oats tomorrow?

Blackerries

Blackberries are delicious when they are in season! Did you know they are one of the top foods to promote antioxidant activity? It’s true! Antioxidants help protect you against heart disease and cancer. Not only this but blackberries contain the vitamins C (great for the immune system), E (one of the few fruits that does contain this vitamin) and Folate. These little snacks also contain Manganese, Flavonoids and Ellagic Acid!

Blueberries

Blueberries look good, smell good and taste good! And they are also terrific for you! In fact, the humble blueberry is thought to be one of the most nutritious foods around! They contain the vitamins C and E which are well known for their antioxidant qualities. They also contain Manganese, Fiber, Ellagic Acid and even certain Flavonoids that are found in red grapes that are known to have a positive impact on arteries and heart health! Pretty impressive for a little berry, hey!

Why not add a handful of blueberries to your lunchbox tomorrow?

Cantaloupe

Did you know that the Cantaloupe get’s it’s vivid orange colour from a high concentration of beta Carotene? This contains a lot of antioxidant vitamin A which helps protect us from colds and diseases. Along with vitamin A Cantaloupe contains the vitamins B6, C (also helps the immune system and is also needed to help bone, tendons and ligaments in the body) and folate. Cantaloupe also contains the minerals Potassium, fiber and Carotenoids.

Cherries

Not only do cherries make for amusing earrings but they are actually really good for you too! Sufferers from gout or arthritis may already know that cherries can provide some relief because they contain anti inflammatory properties. Cherries contain Vitamin C as well as Flavonoids which help protect against diseases, cancers and even the common cold. Cherries also contain Ellagic Acid!

Cranberry

Cranberry juice is well known for it’s detoxing and cleansing powers and the actual cranberry itself is just as good! Rich in vitamin C they can help fight off virus’ and help boost your immune system. Cranberries also contain fiber, flavonoids (these can help prevent and ease urinary tract infections) and also Ellagic acid. Not too bad for a little berry hey?

And there you have it, 6 of the best carbohydrates for your body. Time to start changing that diet to something a little bit more healthy!