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    Best diet to lose 10 pounds in 3-4 weeks?

    Hello!

    I am getting married in about 6 weeks and am looking to take of about 10 pounds of bodyfat (mostly around stomach but a little around legs.) For the past 3 months I have been working intensely with a trainer and eating clean, with a few cheats, and have managed to (in my opinion at least) dramatically reduce my bodyfat from 32% to 22%. I am SO much stronger and more energetic. However, I definitely still have about 10 pounds to lose before I am 'bikini confident' for the honeymoon. While, as I said, there are 6 weeks until the wedding, I only have 3-4 weeks to work with to get the wedding dress altered in. So, I have a couple of questions:
    1) Is it possible to lose 10 pounds in 3-4 weeks?
    2) If so, what is the best way to go about it? as I see it, I can do either moderately low calorie, moderate carb (800-1000 calories a day, 100 grams of carbs a day, and do tons of running and exercise and lift like hell) or do a low calorie, low carb diet (20 grams of carbs a day or less, 500-800 calories a day), continue to lift, and cut back on cardio because having done low carb before I simply can't make it more than a couple of miles.

    I am a very determined person and know that I can succeed as long as I pick a plan and don't start to wonder a week in, 'I wonder what would happen if I tried this' and stuck with it. Any advice on what to do would be HUGELY appreciated. Yes, I know what I am planning to do is ultimately a bit unhealthy, but it is only for 3-4 weeks and I plan to immediately go back to my prior healthy eating regimen.

    Thank You!

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    yes you can do it..sounds like you will. good luck diet diet diet..dont cheat .... low cals & low carbs & lots of water..

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    you dont need to go under 1000 cals a day..not healthy at all..youre better off doing more cardio and eating right.

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    really?

    so you really think that the some carb, 1000 calorie a day and TONS of cardio option is better than the very low calorie vegetables and lean protein idea?

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    What are your stats?(height, age, weight)
    Doing too much cardio will actually slow your weight loss.
    Best thing to do is design a well balanced diet, workout schedule, and moderate cardio.
    Definetly hit the weights several times a week to preserve lean body mass and increase metabolism.

    Most important thing is to focus on dropping bodyfat % and not just weight. 10 pounds is a good goal, just make sure its mostly fat. If you lose 5 pounds of muscle and 5 pounds of fat, you'll look worse than you did before.

    Check out the stickies at the top of the D&N forum for futher help on your diet.

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    Tons of cardio is not going to be beneficial... It can hinder weight loss and cause you to lose a lot of muscle - which will just make you look flat.

    If it is only a short term solution and you don't mind suffering a whole heap then I'd look into a few cycles of a PSMF. You can read about it HERE

    Otherwise you could try to make up a cyclic type approach yourself. A cyclic diet would be the easiest/fastest way to drop the weight. Something like your suggestion would be best (lots of green stuff, moderate protein, low carb) and then add in a re-feed once a week.

    I WOULD NOT do this in the last week before your wedding - but you could do it for the three weeks before that. Then, in the last week, a more moderate diet would be best.

    But something like:
    Mon
    - Low cal, low carb, moderate protein, low fats
    - Weights (HEAVY!)

    Tues
    - Low cal, no carb, moderate protein, lowish fats
    - Cardio (30-45 mins moderate intensity)

    Wed
    - Low cal, no carb, moderate protein, lowish fats
    - REST

    Thurs
    - High carb, moderate protein, low fats
    - weights (HEAVY!!)

    Fri
    - Low cal, no carb, moderate protein, lowish fats
    - Rest day

    Sat
    - Low cal, low carb, moderate protein, low fats
    - Cardio (30-45 mins moderate intensity)

    Sun
    - Low cal, no carb, moderate protein, lowish fats
    - +/- cardio (30-45 mins moderate intensity)


    You could set the levels at about:
    • Moderate protein between 1-1.5g per pound lean mass (less on high carb day, more on no carb day).
    • Low fat means take your fish oils (6-10g) and no added fats
    • Lowish fats could be 0.3-0.35g fats per pound lean body mass
    • No carb would be as it sounds - no carbs (except green vegetables)
    • Low carb could be, say, ~100g (about the 'happy brain' point)
    • High carb could be, say, ~2-2.5 x lean body mass


    So, say you were 130 pounds and 22% BF - then:
    Lean mass = 101 pounds

    no carb, mod. protein and lowish fats would be -
    As close to 0g carbs as you can get, 150g protein, 30-35g fat = ~900 cals

    low carb, mod protein, low fats would be -
    100g carbs, 150g protein, <20g fat (tag'along fats + fish oils) = ~1200 cals

    High carb, mod protein, low fats would be -
    200-250g carbs, 125g protein, <20g fat = ave. ~ 1600 cals


    It would suck... But it would probably work.


    As I said though -- I would not use this approach in your last week... You COULD look into a competition prep type thing for the last week - but that might be a little over the top. I would just use the last week to chill out and get prepared for the big day.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma-Leigh
    If it is only a short term solution and you don't mind suffering a whole heap then I'd look into a few cycles of a PSMF. You can read about it HERE
    Just to expand on what Emma said (and save you some time searching), the diet/e-book is actually called "The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook" (a PSMF is a Protien Sparing Modified Fast, and she's right - it's not fun to do, but then I guess the fun bit is looking fab in your wedding dress )

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