Do you have a special occasion coming up; need to lose 6lbs
fast? Here are a few handy suggestions that I discovered.

Step one, clear out all the junk from the food cupboards, all
the food that sabotage your good intentions. Donate the canned and dried goods
to a food bank and do your bit for charity at the same time. Get rid of all the
‘bad’ things in the fridge then go to the supermarket and restock. Here are a
few suggestions for your grocery list:

1. Whole
wheat bread

2. Tuna

3. Any and
all fruits

4. Any and
all vegetables

5. 8 oz.
steak

6. Two
chicken breasts

7. Salad
vegetables

8. Balsamic
vinegar

9. Special K
Cereal

10. Skim milk

11. Brown rice

12. Instant
oatmeal (not the sweetened packaged kind though)

13. Sliced
turkey breast

14. 3 servings
of fish

15. Low fat
yogurt

16. Eggs

These foods can form the basis of your diet, now sit down
and write out a diet plan for the next seven days. Plan your breakfast, lunch,
main meal and snacks for each day, being organised is part of the success formula.
Because you have gotten rid of the junk, there’ll be no Plan B and no cheat
days.

Step 2, factor in some exercise. Walking is a great low
impact form of exercise. Get yourself a pedometer or an app on your phone or
iPod that will measure the number of steps taken. Try to walk at least 10,000
steps each day, it may seem like a lot but here are some ways to fit it into
your day:

1.
Don’t take the easy option when parking for work
or to go the store. Parking at the far end of the parking lot or a few blocks
away will do you good.

2.
If you take the bus or train to work, get off a
few stops before your destination and walk (if this is practical and safe).
During the spring and summer months I would walk six miles to work, it’s really
easy, trust me!

3.
Don’t rely on the escalator or the lift
(elevator), take the stairs. You’ll have great legs in no time at all!

4.
Take time to meet face-to-face with colleagues.
We spend so much time in a sedentary position. The occasional walk across the
office is good practice.

5.
Take the dog for a walk, if you don’t have a dog
borrow one. I used to have a morning stroll with my neighbour’s 2 Yorkshire
Terriers before work.

6.
Go walking before dinner; this should help
reduce your appetite.

7.
Join a walking club; try www.meetup.com for some interesting groups.

Step 3 should be easy but most of us fail in this area. You
need to drink more water, try to drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water each
day. You may need more hydration if you work out a lot. Spread your water
intake throughout the day to make it easier. Your tea and juice intake counts
towards your daily total but remember sugar and diuretics are counterproductive.

In summary eat healthily, walk more and drink a substantial
amount of water. It might seem like a challenge but it is possible to be
disciplined for a week and the reward is great – goodbye to some unwanted
pounds.