Can you really lose 10 pounds in 10 days? The answer is yes, if you follow these guidelines and stick with them. It’s all a matter of willpower, determination, and reducing your bad eating habits.
1. Get Lots of Sleep
Sleep deprivation can change how your body regulates appetite, leading you to crave more food. It can also change your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which will slow down the number of calories you burn doing basic life-sustaining activities like breathing and maintaining body temperature. People who are sleep deprived tend to exercise less because they feel fatigued; they often also eat more—unhealthful foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates—to boost energy. Being sleep deprived will result in your body seeking to conserve energy and store unwanted belly fat.
Skimping on sleep also dulls the brain’s activity in the frontal lobe—it’s like being drunk! The frontal lobe is the section of the brain that regulates impulse control and decision-making. When you are sleep deprived, you don’t have the mental clarity to make sound decisions.
Click ahead for more about the importance of sleep as well as nine other things to do in order to lose 10 pounds in 10 days.
Gina Parenzan, CPT, NASM, CSCS, has worked as a personal trainer, nutritionist, and strength and conditioning coach for 20 years. She earned BS degrees in Kinesiology Exercise Nutrition and Health Sciences, and is a former collegiate NCAA athlete, fitness competitor, and outdoors athlete. For almost two decades, Gina has conducted personal training for top executives, celebrities, and professional and collegiate athletes, with an integrative approach on how to effectively incorporate fitness and nutrition into their everyday lives.