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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!

Whether you are stressed at work, fidgety at home or if you just want to have some cheap fun, therapy putty can be a great answer. These days there are all kinds of putty available online and the price for the rewards is fantastic.

Playing with putty can be a great way to ease anxiety and stress. Some people refer to it as “Thinking putty”, so it might even help writers block or if you are stuck with a work problem you just can’t solve. It’s also great for hand and finger exercises from excess typing and mouse clicking for example.

A few years ago I purchased some magnetic putty and I can easily say it was one of the best purchases I have made in a while. Whenever I am stressed out I bring out the putty. It’s fun to kneed, stretch, bounce, play with and I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks magnets are cool!

Here is a quick list of awesome putty’s you can purchase off Amazon without breaking the bank. Let us know in the comments which are your favourites!

Let’s start off with some classic, run of the mill, colourful putty. These have some fantastic reviews and are a great, cheap option if you don’t want anything too fancy.

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Here is the magnetic thinking putty that I purchased. It comes with a magnet for you to move the putty which makes it extra cool! Made by “Crazy Aaron”, this 3.2 ounce tub of putty is known as “The super magnetic strange attractor”. I highly recommend this one!

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If you want to get a bit fancier then you can’t go past Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, 3.2 Ounce, Super Illusions Super Scarab! It’s beautiful. The colours in this one will mesmerize you whilst you are de-stressing or thinking away madly.

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This Therapy Putty by Vive is fantastic. It has 100% positive feedback on Amazon which is an achievement on it’s own. At 3-oz per tub, it claims it’s “For Finger, Hand & Grip Strength Exercises”. The putties themselves come in Extra Soft, Soft, Medium & Firm Resistance, perfect for stress heads and physical therapy.

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Can’t make up your mind which putty to get? Why not try Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty Mini-Tin Assortment! This gives you 6 different 2″ mini-tin styles (each with .47 oz. putty) to play with. It’s a great selection for you to give a go and to find out which one you like the best.

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Therapy putties make for great gifts too! If you don’t know what to buy someone next birthday/Christmas/celebration why not go out of the box and get them some putty, their nerves will thank you!