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The Daily News asked some pros for advice about how to drop those final few pounds in a pinch and here’s what they said:
1. Get an early start. “Everyone’s schedule is different,” acknowledged Jen Widerstrom, Biggest Loser trainer and recent book author, “but the optimal time to exercise is first thing in the morning, after you’ve been fasting all night. It’s the optimal time to burn the most fat. If not the morning, then at least 45 minutes after your last meal,” she said. Doing so will also jump start your metabolism and have you burn more all day long.
2. Stick to intervals. Widerstrom recommends a high intensity workout combination made up of 30 seconds of fast, all-out cardio, then three 30-second intervals of body-weight moves of your choice (like pushups, crunches, squats or lunges) and 60 seconds of walking to cool yourself down before going again. This series of sprints, three body movements and walking should be done for 35 minutes straight each day of your weight-loss week — and you can expect to burn anywhere from 400-600 calories, according to Widerstrom.
3. The scale is not your friend. “Don’t get hung up on the number on the scale,” said Widerstrom. “Everyone fluctuates and combined with a diet, you will lose inches depending on where you carry your weight — remember that you’ll lose it first where you gained it last,” she said. “That dress is going to zip, you’ll feel better in your body and the better you feel, the better you’ll look.”
4. Drink your veggies. Aside from drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated through all the exercise you’re about to do, eating fruits and vegetables with a high water concentration will help you feel fuller, faster and for longer. “Eat lots of melons, berries, salads, cucumbers and asparagus when you’re trying to lose weight fast,” advises Dr. Lisa Young, registered dietician and adjunct professor at NYU.
5. Say no to starch. Starches and complex carbs make our bodies produce insulin. If it’s not burned off right away, the insulin turns into fat. “No pizza or pasta, breads, potatoes, desserts or junk food,” Young told the news.
6. Gulp down dinner, too. “Have a small liquid protein shake the night before the event for dinner,” advised Dr. Holly Lofton, an internal medicine specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center. If that’s just too unappealing for you, Lofton recommends a plate full of simple steamed veggies.
7. But, not all vegetables. “Avoid foods that make you bloat, like broccoli, cauliflower, corn, peas and squash,” said Lofton. Bloating could account for why that zipper won’t budge so cut out things like canned soups, booze, soda, protein bars and mushrooms to name a few. “A 150-pound woman can expect to lose anywhere from four to seven pounds,” she said.