Find out how which foods and simple exercises can help you drop upto 5lb in a day...
Squeezing in a short burst of exercise is one of the quickest ways to drop weight in a day. As well as giving you more energy, a swift 60-minute workout will kick-start your metabolic rate enabling your body to churn through calories at a faster pace.
One of the best calorie burners out there is Zumba. Available countrywide, this salsa-inspired aerobics class can see you shed between 500 and 1000 calories per session. Television presenter, Lorraine Kelly swears by it and claims it’s the one mode of exercise which has helped her maintain a two stone weight loss-for four years.
If you don’t fancy getting all hot and bothered in the studio, head to the nearest swimming pool instead. Gentle on your joints and easy on the heart, a moderate 45-minutes of breast stroke can burn a whopping 680 calories. Don’t worry if you’re not a confident swimmer, simply treading water can burn up to 545 alone.
If you don’t have time to hit the leisure centre, dancing can burn upwards of 450 calories per hour – there’s no better incentive to be the first one on the dance-floor at your next event.
When we feel anxious our body releases a stress hormone called cortisol. It sends the body into a state of high alert which causes excess fat to store. This will explain why you might be finding it difficult to lose weight despite following a healthy diet.
Taking time to unwind at the end of a long day, whether it's a hot bath, a good book or meditating before bed, learning to relax will help you lose weight.
Too lose weight healthily in a day, try keep your daily calorie intake between 800 and 1,200. Incorporating diuretic foods - those which naturally prompt the body to flush excess water and waste - into yore diet, will help with last-minute weight-loss.
At meal times fill your plate with melon, cranberries, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, fennel, lettuce, carrots and our personal favourite, asparagus - but hold the hollandaise.
Drinking copious amounts of water is a tried and tested method professional athletes use to drop weight quickly. It's also free and great for healthy looking skin, hair and nails.
If you aren't already drinking 2 litres a day, make this your goal. If your are, extend your intake by two or three glasses but don't over do it - drastically increasing your water consumption can lead to discomfort and disrupt your sleep pattern.
During the evening our digestive system dramatically slows down. If you suffer form a sluggish metabolism aim to have dinner done and dusted by the time the clock strikes 7pm. This will allow your body time to sufficiently churn through that day's calorie intake. But do make sure you do eat a proper dinner, so that you aren't woken by hunger pangs during the night.