Lose weight in 2 weeks? I can hear what you are thinking – “yeah right there is no way I could lose weight in 2 weeks without starving”. Well I beg to differ; there certainly is a way you can lose a healthy amount of weight in 2 weeks and to make it even better, you only have to “diet” 2 days a week and on the other 5 days, you get to pretty much eat what you want.
The 7 day diet or the 500 calorie diet is essentially the 5:2 diet where women eat 500 calories and men 600 calories for 2 days of the week and then the other 5 days they eat healthy, leaner and lighter meals. So how does it work? The best way to explain it is that by restricting your calories 2 days a week, you then don’t need to restrict them as much for the other 5 as the calories you don’t eat make up your total calorie loss for the week and as long as you don’t go and overindulging on high fat, high sugar foods on the other 5 days you should see a drop in weight (and inches) pretty quickly.
One of the great things about following a diet such as the 7 day diet or the 500 calorie diet is that you can accelerate your weight loss quite easily simply by restricting the calories on the two fasting days and then eating healthy and lean foods on the other 5 days; if you simply stick to say 1400 – 1600 calories on the other 5 days, you should see your weight loss accelerate further meaning you could easily lose weight in 2 weeks.
The benefit of this style of dieting is that, apart from being able to start to lose weight in 2 weeks, is that you can still enjoy all of your favourite foods by looking for leaner, healthier versions.
Fitting your favourite foods into the 7 day diet
If you are wondering just how you will get to enjoy that Friday night pizza or that Saturday night kebab it isn’t hard to fit them into the 7 day diet by simply setting aside one day where you eat a few extra calories (you might need to be super good and healthy for the couple of days leading up though), and it also isn’t hard to make a healthier version of these items at home; often it works out much cheaper to make your favourite food than to buy it, can be ready in about the same amount of time, you can make it a little bit healthier and it will be much fresher than something that has been sitting around in a hot bain-marie for hours on end.
The great thing about the 500 calorie diet, or the 5:2 diet is that you are giving your body a mild detox and you will quickly learn what your body responds well to and what it doesn’t, such as any reactions you may have to certain foods; and you will feel a lot better eating healthy foods rather than unhealthy fat laden foods as your energy will definitely increase.
Health benefits to the 500 calorie diet
There are number of documented benefits to the 500 calorie diet apart from losing weight of course. These benefits include improved brain function, increased ability to burn fat, mood boost, prolonging your health, protection against some chronic lifestyle conditions such as diabetes and heart disease and the ability to repair your body by giving your cells time to rebuild more effectively.
Can I really lose weight in 2 weeks?
You honestly can lose weight in 2 weeks following a diet like the 7 day diet and do so healthily. You won’t see a loss of kilos and kilos (unless your regular diet was really bad and needed a complete overhaul) but you can certainly expect to lose at least 2kg if you are changes to your diet.
Although these figures may not sound as large or impressive as some of the other shakes, juicing, or supplement diets that are prolific on the market; you will also lose fat which is often harder to shift which you don’t often lose on the other said diets in such a short space of time; you will notice this by the reduction in inches often around your waistline and often you look a little leaner through the face.
By following a simple diet plan like the 500 calorie diet and eating healthy and mindfully on the 5 non-fasting days, you can lose weight in 2 weeks easily while remaining healthy, eating some great food all while looking forward to the health changes you are making.