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How to Look Slimmer in a Week

by
author image S.R. Becker
S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.
How to Look Slimmer in a Week
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If you have a big event coming up in a week and need to look slimmer, you'll be glad to know it's not impossible. Crash dieting is a bad idea, but a few lifestyle changes can help you drop a couple of pounds safely. According to TotalBeauty.com, a flatter tummy is an achievable goal, requiring only a few tweaks to your diet and exercise regimen. If you've got seven days, you can get a better body.

Step 1

A man eats a container of fresh fruit at a table.
A man eats a container of fresh fruit at a table. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Lower your intake of processed foods, replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables. If you must eat something packaged, don't exceed 500 milligrams of sodium per day. Cutting the salt helps to cut the bloat by reducing water retention.

Step 2

Eat 40 grams of fiber per day. Fruits and vegetables such as apples, sweet potatoes and leafy greens are packed with fiber. Combine them into a smoothie in the morning, have a big salad for lunch and bake or saute them in a small amount of olive oil for dinner. Pair your veggies with a side of fibrous whole grains, such as barley, bulgur or quinoa.

Step 3

Four people in the Warrior II position in a yoga studio.
Four people in the Warrior II position in a yoga studio. Photo Credit: moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images

Exercise in the morning to speed your metabolism throughout the day. Get sweaty with a hot yoga class, a morning jog or an exercise video you can do in your pajamas.

Step 4

A cup of freshly poured green tea on a wooden table.
A cup of freshly poured green tea on a wooden table. Photo Credit: isa-7777/iStock/Getty Images

Replace sugary drinks with water and unsweetened tea. If you need a little fizz or flavor, drink seltzer or add a squeeze of lemon or lime. Drink as much water and green tea as you can, sipping constantly throughout the day.

Step 5

Two small jars of greek yogurt on a picnic table with spoons.
Two small jars of greek yogurt on a picnic table with spoons. Photo Credit: tashka2000/iStock/Getty Images

Eat small meals every three hours to keep yourself from getting overhungry and triggering a binge. Snack on plenty of lean protein, such as beans, Greek yogurt or a spoonful of almond butter with chopped apples or bananas.

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