Seven Ways to Slim Down in Seven Days

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You’ve just gotten an invitation to a fabulous party next weekend, and you figure it’s never too early to start planning what you’ll wear. But suddenly your perfect little black dress seems a little too little, or your favorite slim jeans have somehow become a tiny bit slimmer than you’d like. Or maybe everything fits, but you want to show off a little with total confidence. Whatever your reason, it’s possible to get skinny—or skinnier—in a week. And you won’t have to go on a strange, unhealthy diet. Instead, try these tips on for size—when combined, they’ll make a big difference in how you look and feel. And each one will help you whittle away 100 calories!


1. Sunday
Don’t get juiced. Sip 12 ounces of water and eat a medium piece of fruit, like an orange, instead of drinking 12 ounces of orange juice.


2. Monday
Banish the bread. Enjoy your sandwich wrapped or rolled in a large lettuce leaf instead of served in bread, pita, or a flour tortilla.


3. Tuesday
Break your break. Divide a one-hour lunch into two parts: walk for 30 minutes of it. Bonus: it can help relieve work-related stress.


4. Wednesday
Get dirty. Plant some fresh herbs in your outdoor or indoor garden for 20 minutes. The herbs will also help liven up light meals.


5. Thursday
Cook away the calories. Spend 35 minutes making a healthy meal. It’s much tastier and better for you than greasy drive-thru dining or an instant pre-prepped fix.




6. Friday
Straighten up. Clean your home for 25 minutes. Your place will look better—and you will, too.


7. Saturday
Shop till you drop (the weight). Go on an energetic 40-minute shopping spree for holiday presents. It’s never too late or too early. Head directly to the sales rack if you want an especially vigorous experience.


Follow all seven of these tips and you’ll feel more fit and be 700 calories slimmer in just a week. Keep up your new healthy habits and you can be 10 pounds slimmer by this time next year!


Have a great time at the party!


NOTE: Calories can vary. Activity calories are rounded and are based on a 150-pound person.


By Jackie Newgent, RD, is a New York City-based nutritionist, for BettyConfidential


Updated on December 15, 2010
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