This could be the week you start making those changes you deserve! We’ve developed a simplified challenge as the perfect jumpstart to a slimmer, more confident you. Let’s get your 7-Day Slim Down Challenge moving!
Since lifestyle changes can be difficult, this weight loss challenge is designed to help you focus on one component of weight loss and healthy living each day. Use these strategies in addition to exercising at least 30 minutes each day, six days per week, as well as drinking plenty of water and cutting back on processed foods.
Day 1: Take control of the meal plan.
Sit down today and invest a few minutes planning your meals and snacks for this week. SkinnyMs. Weight Loss Recipes offers hundreds of dishes that incorporate minimally processed ingredients and whole foods, so you get the nutrition you need—and none of the junk ingredients you don’t. As you plan, remember that healthy dinners make healthy next-day lunches. Put the power of leftovers to work to reduce the time you spend on meal prep. Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken is fantastic in next-day salads and sandwiches.
Day 2: Boost the burn with a fat-blaster workout.
Fat Blasters are based on the high-intensity interval training (HIIT) format designed to maximize calorie burn with intense bursts of energy. As a result, your muscles continue to burn calories for up to 24 hours after the workout is complete. Try 4-Minute Shred for Fast Weight Loss or Torch Calories & Fat in Under 5 Minutes.
Day 3: Reduce or eliminate refined sugar from your menu.
Refined sugar is found in a shocking number of processed foods, from oatmeal to salad dressing to soup. Manufacturers add it to increase palatability—and to make sure you want to buy more of what they’re selling! But the extra sugar doesn’t do the waistline any favors. During your Slim Down Challenge, learn 50 Names for Sugar so you can look for sneaky sources of it on food labels. Then, take action for a difference you’ll notice by starting the 30-Day Sugar Detox. Grab a friend to take the journey with you!
Day 4: Commit to more shut-eye.
This is a crucial step in any slim down challenge. Sleep helps the body properly regulate hormones that keep hunger in check. In one study, people who slept less were more prone to high-carb snacking than those who snoozed at least eight hours per night . Add 6 Evening Foods for a Better Night’s Sleep to your menu, and then try these 5 Small Changes for Better Sleep.
Day 5: Get weight loss in gear with a workout challenge.
Give your metabolism and energy levels a nudge by challenging them to work harder. If you’re new to working out, start the 7-Day Beginner’s 10-Minute Morning Workout Challenge. Want to target a specific jiggly spot? Dive into the 21-Day Booty Workout Challenge or Top 3 Arm Workout Challenges.