If you want to boost your self-esteem ASAP, your best bet is to adjust your expectations and your attitude, *not* your weight. That said, there are ways you can beat bloat and improve the way you feel when time is of the essence — and you don’t have to starve yourself, invest in unsafe weight loss supplements, or double up on workouts to achieve results. Instead, try this flexible approach that lets you pick from weight-loss tips that work but won’t completely ruin your life.
Choose at least four of the nutritionist- and fitness expert-backed tips that follow, and work them into your schedule for seven days straight. If you feel ambitious, tack on a few more. The more changes you make, the more weight you can expect to lose between now and the end of this week. A sports or energy drink, fruit smoothie, or light beer — each serving contains about 100 calories. Yet these beverages don’t satisfy you the way 100 calories of food does, so they’re a waste. Other liquids may be high in sodium and carbohydrates, which trick your body into retaining water, puffing you out.
Water, on the other hand, has zero calories and carbs and little to no sodium, making it the perfect slim-down drink. And, strangely, it actually helps flush out excess water weight as well as jumpstart your metabolism. If water is too boring, add lemon wedges or mint leaves using an infuser. The simple carbs in white rice, spaghetti, and sandwich rolls can “wreak havoc on your weight because they’re digested very quickly, leaving you hungry and more likely to overeat later,” says Jana Klauer, M.D., author of The Park Avenue Nutritionist’s Plan.
Instead of replacing these foods with healthier whole-grain bread products, which contain filling fibers that can sometimes trigger bloating, sub in vegetables for the week: Instead of rice, try cauliflower “rice” made by grating cauliflower. Instead of chips and dip, go for carrots and dip. The complex carbs from these vegetables are digested more slowly than simple carbs , so you’ll remain full longer. And because veggies are mostly water, they also help flush out excess water weight.