Your Question About Easy Weight Loss

William asks…

What’s the best way to lose weight in one week? I have a cocktail party – and a very tight dress!?

I keep fairly thin and healthy through diet and exercise. But I have a party in one week, and want to look extra good in my dress! Whats the best way to lose weight in one week? Even if it is only a temperary solution!

weight loss cardiff answers:

The best way to lost weight in a long week is actually a form of reverse psychology. It involves making sure EVERYONE at the cocktail party is completely wasted before you arrive (including your date) so that when you walk in you appear to be a total MEGA-babe – regardless of the fact that, since you knew that beer-goggles would render you a size 6, you have actually gained three kilos during the week due to eating too many fried dim-sims and chocolate bars.

Lizzie asks…

How to lose weight in a week?

I’m 15, 5’4″, and 140-150 pounds. How can I lose weight in a week? I’ve already started running today and it’s about half a mile.
But any help? Like, I love junk food. But I really want to slim down a little because I’m starting a new school next Wednesday and wanted a fresh start.
Any tips? Thanks!

weight loss cardiff answers:

Losing weight in a week is hard, but running helps! You have to do more than half a mile though 🙂 try to stay away from the junk food, eat less carbs, drink WATER! No sugary drinks, that’s like liquid calories. Haha. Exercise every day! Besides running and walking, try yoga, or aerobics too. Honestly, i don’t think you can lose that much in a week, but if you keep at it, there’s no doubt you’ll lose the weight in time 🙂 good luck!

Lisa asks…

How to lose weight and have a smaller tummy?

How can i lose weight in 3 weeks? Without working out? Is it even possible? Because i really need to have smaller tummy to fit into my prom gown. Help!

weight loss cardiff answers:

If you want to lose weight I would suggest first finding out what your BMR (base metabolic rate) is. This basically tells you how many calories you burn while going on with your normal day. You can also use it to see how many calories you should be eating to lose weight. For example, if your BMR is 2000 calories then you should be eating 1500 – 1700 to lose calories.

The second step is to create a meal plan that is at a 500 calorie deficit from your BMR. To help keep your calories low, I suggest eating A LOT of vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. Anything from broccoli and spinach to asparagus and celery is VERY low in calories and it will fill you up; not to mention the numerous nutrients they contain.

It’s also important that you eat enough protein and carbs in your diet. You should be getting the majority of your protein from chicken breast, tuna and turkey breast. These lean meats are packed with protein and are very low in calories and fat. For carbs, eat small amounts of whole wheat bread or a very small amount of oatmeal. I would also suggest leaving fruits for only 1 day week. Fruits are high in fructose and will release insulin in your body. Insulin tends to store fat in your body so leave the fruits to only one day a week. Also, for liquids, drink only water and green tea. Many people don’t realize how many calories they drink, so just keep it simple and drink water and UNSWEETENED green tea.

An example of a good meal would be something like this. The meal would consist of: 55g of turkey breast (it can be deli sliced), 2 slices of whole wheat bread (preferably toasted), 2 tomato slices, 2 pieces of lettuce, and 1 tablespoon of fat free mayo. After toasting the bread you can assemble the sandwich in whichever way you see fit. Don’t try to put more than 1 tablespoon of mayo and don’t add any more spreads, such as cream cheese, to the sandwich. If you would like to add more tomato slices or more lettuce, feel free to do so. The amount of calories and carbs in tomatoes and lettuce is very little and almost insignificant when calculating the macronutrient amounts.

When it comes to exercise, I suggest doing 30 – 40 minute sessions of weight training coupled with 20 minutes of HIIT. For weight training, I would suggest focusing on whole body exercises such as lunges and squats. They can really help with boosting your energy levels up and with losing more calories per workout.

As for HIIT; HIIT exercises are short but intense workouts designed to improve your glucose metabolism, which increases your overall fat burning process, and to improve your athletic capabilities. The normal routine for HIIT is to do 30 – 40 seconds of sprinting and then 15 – 20 seconds of walking, split for 15 – 20 minutes. However, I notice that my clients get burned out by the 20th second of the sprint; therefore, I make them sprint as hard as possible for 20 seconds and then jog lightly for 40 seconds. They still get the same results since, when normal HIIT is done with 30 – 40 second sprints, they get so burned out by the first 20 seconds that the 10 – 20 seconds they have left, ends up being a jog anyway.

I hope you reach your goals! Remember to stay dedicated and focused.

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Linda asks…

How effective is drinking lemon water for weight loss?

It is told that lemon water helps with weight loss, but how effective is it? Not the detox diet, but just drinking lemon water throughout the day, how much weight could you possibly lose in a week? In a month? I am curious to know how effective it really is in losing weight.

weight loss cardiff answers:

Actually, just drinking any kind of water will significantly help with weight loss.

Water helps to improve liver function. Your liver helps you metabolize and burn fat easily. But when you are dehydrated, your kidneys will have trouble functioning, and your liver will have to pick up the slack.

Now, let’s think about this for a minute…

If you were your liver, would you be more concerned with burning fat, or helping out your ailing kidneys? That’s what I thought! And that’s exactly what your liver does.

So, if you want to start your body’s natural fat-burning process, make sure you stay hydrated.

Also, drinking water, whether it’s got lemon in it or not, will help you feel fuller throughout the day. This will keep you from snacking on unhealthy foods and help you limit your portion sizes too.

I hope this helps.

Mark asks…

How long after major weight loss should you give your skin to firm up before resorting to plastic surgery?

If I had some loos skin on tummy and arms after an 80 pound weight loss, how long should I give it to firm up? Im young, 23 years old, but will the skin tighten with exercise or stay flabby?

weight loss cardiff answers:

The thing with a large weight loss is that the weight is generally lost too fast, which doesn’t give the skin enough time to go back to what it was.
After reaching your target weight, I would wait a few months, doing regular light exercise and eating healthily, and then see how your skin is. If you are still unhappy you could look into plastic surgery.

Try this website though, it has some advice about excess skin after weight loss, and non surgical methods. Http://

Good luck. X

Ruth asks…

What is the best weight loss supplement?

I want a weight loss supplement that doesn’t make me so called ‘ill’, i.e. making me poo a lot if you know what I mean. Something that genuinely aids me when I go to the gym to burn more calories etc. And hopefully something that is natural too. Please give me some personal experiences too?

weight loss cardiff answers:

The best supplements for weight loss and specifically fat loss are thermogenics. I have had the most sucess with anything containing caffeine and green tea extract.
Another thing I can suggest that works (this sounds crazy but it does I swear) is cold showers or more effectively Ice baths after a workout.

Ice baths provide a quick recovery and they stimulate fat burning, but they are not recommended if you have a heart condition the initial shock is pretty wicked.

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Michael asks…

If I am running 2.5K three times a week, going on the rower for 10 mins and doing some leg and arm weight….

exercises and on 20 WW points a day you think I would lose weight easily!!! how come after 5 weeks I have lost a paltry 3 pounds?

weight loss cardiff answers:

Measure your body fat, this will give you a better indication of what has happened to your body than ‘weight’. You may have increased your muscle mass which weighs more than fat, which is why your overall weight has not moved that much.

Mary asks…

Why do I lose weight and tone so easily?

I swear, twenty minutes on the treadmill and one hundred sit-ups a day for a week, and I’ve lost 7 pounds, have no belly fat, and my legs are really muscular. Yes, I do eat. I don’t eat 3 meals a day, but I eat a lot of things throughout the day- does this help? Just curious.

weight loss cardiff answers:

Do you eat lots of protein? Thats good for muscle. Eating reguraly is good cos it keeps your metabolism going so perhaps thats why but really it depends on how much/what you eat

Sharon asks…

I’m a 17 year old female who is overweight, how can I lose weight? I tend to gain weight really easily?

I’m not just saying I’m fat when I’m not – I really am overweight. To get to right on average for my age and height, I should be 15kgs (33lbs) lighter than I am right now.
I tend to eat quite a bit more than I should, I have dinner late and snack quite a bit. I try to drink enough water but that doesn’t seem to help me lose weight. It’s too expensive to join a gym. I gain weight really easily; 2 weeks ago I was a few kgs lighter! Sometimes I overeat.
Obviously from what I’m saying it seems obvious why I’m gaining weight, but I’d still love some advice from people who have lost weight successfully and keep it off.

No spam please. Please only recommend natural means. Thanks =)

weight loss cardiff answers:

Well – it both simple and complicated……

Let me try to cover specific issues:

Drinking Water – does not help you to lose weight per sé; instead, what it does is
1) make it easier for your body to metabolize (burn) fat
2) make some people feel more full and so they eat less
However, practically speaking you will not burn fat UNLESS your body is burning more calories than you are consuming. If you are consuming more calories than you are burning each day, you will not lose any weight – you will, instead, continue to gain weight.

So the first thing to realize is that to successfully diet you need to burn more calories every day than you consume every day. In reality, if *occasionally* (say, one or two days a month) you eat more calories than you burn, you will not ruin your weight-loss program. However, most people find it pretty difficult to return to their diet after a day of failing to live according to their diet. If you do NOT have an iron-clad will, I do not recommend taking “days off” of your diet (I take one day off a month, and it usually turns into 3 days! – but then I do get back on the diet)..

And that brings us to an even more important point: the reason most people are unable to lose weight (I am no exception! – I have been dieting pretty successfully for several months now) is because they desire to eat more than they desire to lose weight. If weight loss is unimportant to you, you WILL fail to maintain your diet. You NEED to remind yourself every day that your goal is **much more important** than the fleeting enjoyment of indulging in too much food. *Every* time you want to eat more than your diet allows, you NEED to remind yourself of this: that your goal is more important. Whether you are doing it for health (me), for appearance, or even for longevity (also me – look up resveratrol if you want to learn about how its possible to age much more slowly by dieting), you have to FORCE yourself to ALWAYS remember and believe that your goal is more important than the enjoyment of high-calorie food or drink. Successful dieting is primarily a matter of having sufficient motivation; if you do not have the motivation, you will (sooner or later) return to your current habit of eating more calories than you burn.

I guess the second most important point, then, is to not lose your motivation if you *do* fail on a particular day. The best attitude, of course, is to refuse to ever deviate from your diet. I’ve managed to do that for several months at a time – but not more than that. The second-best attitude is the “get back up on the horse that threw you” attitude. If you ever fail in your diet, your reaction should be “by golly, I’m not going to let that stop me tomorrow no matter what!”

SO – motivation being addressed, the *mechanics* of losing weight still need to be addressed: how to make sure that you consume fewer calories than you burn? Obviously you need to eat fewer calories, to exercise more, or – recommended by just about everyone – do both.

I, too, am unable to afford a gym (which is unfortunate, as I am a gym-aholic when the opportunity presents itself). However, one of the best ways to exercise is *simple walking*, and it is a type of exercise that very few people dislike. (If you have a dog, so much the better!) Remember, though: if you add aerobic exercise (like walking) to your diet program, it is something that you have to do EVERY day. Otherwise, on the off-days you’re probably going to be gaining weight that your losing during the on-days! Many people do laps in malls very early or late (because they’re air-conditioned and not subject to rain / snow). If that is not available to you and rain or snow might keep you from exercising, consider an exercise bike (my favorite), or a rowing machine (much better as exercise because it works on most of the muscles more-or-less equally, but pretty expensive for a good unit).

Remember: if you are really averse to all types of exercise, you can still lose weight by eating less – but you will be able to eat more if you exercise – and you will be more healthy and look better – so consider how much you dislike exercise carefully.

Eating fewer calories: is what it is. You need to find a daily calorie “allowance” that causes you to lose weight at whatever exercise level you choose and STICK TO IT. There are several ways to do this.

One of the best (but most tedious) is to count every single calorie that you consume. Doing this makes you get very involved at each and every meal in your diet – which is good, because it makes it less likely that you’ll overeat during that particular meal – but it is painstaking.

Another way popularized a few years ago is to count fat grams instead of calories. (I have never tried this method). This is much easier because fat grams are measured (usually) in single digits while calories are measured in hundreds. The problem: this method was so popular a few years ago that nearly every type of “indulgence” food that you can imagine now comes in a fat-free variety – a HIGH CALORIE and very tasty fat-free variety. The way that the “fat grams” method works is that fat grams are a pretty good estimate of how many calories any particular food has – IF it is not the fat-free variety of food. Once you start chowing down on fat-free ice cream and fat-free sweets and fat-free cheese in a fat-grams-counting diet, you’re back to gaining weight without ever breaking your diet.

For me, the simplest method is an unorthodox one: I have *always* found it *much, much* easier to skip a meal than to eat less at all meals. I particularly benefit from skipping lunch (eating that tends to make me sleepy), but at one time I was successfully eating *every other day* (and eating very well on those odd days) – and I lost literally all my excess fat by doing so. That will probably *not* be recommended by most physicians, but it is probably not actually medically dangerous (many people around the world have no choice but to do that).

A less harsh system is to not eat one or two meals every day – and, of course, all snacks must be eliminated in any case (unless you can stand to eat those tasteless rice cakes, or pickles, or something else as a snack that has little or no caloric value. Pickles are actually pretty good, for me, who likes salty snacks best.) In any case, when you eliminate snacks and meals it’s very important that you *not* eat extra during the meals that you do eat. I’ve found that I am actually *less hungry** and *eat less* at dinner if I skip both breakfast and lunch. If I eat either breakfast or lunch, I tend to overeat at dinner.

Avoiding high calorie foods altogether, or limiting yourself to only your favorites in very small amounts very strictly – is good practice. If you’re a Snickers fiend, for example, you might want to have a “snickers day” every week where you eat one and only one small Snickers bar. Some people like to think of this as a “reward” for sticking to their diet all week, and if that works for you, go for it. Of course, if you follow that “reward” mentality, you also **have** to DENY yourself the reward if you fail your diet that weak. Many people find that the reward of their favorite food at the end of the week helps them to stay on their diet during the week – but you HAVE to have the willpower to deny yourself the “reward” when you fail your diet if you are using the reward as motivation to stick to your diet. I don’t use rewards in my diet.

One of the best “filler” foods (tastes good, low calorie, fills you up) is popcorn – but I’ve always liked popcorn a lot. You HAVE to use an air popper (saves about 450 calories per **bowl**) or use diet microwave popcorn (which is much more expensive and has not-a-lot more calories but is definitely tastier). A bowl of kernel popcorn (1/4 cup of popcorn) from an air popper is enough to fill most people up and has about 320 calories. Add a tablespoon of butter (which is actually too much for many people – I use only 1/2 tbs) and it is about 450 calories. If you can stand to replace a meal with a bowl of air popped or diet popcorn every day, that can really save you calories.


MOTIVATION is the most important thing. Force yourself to be convinced that your goals are much more important than the enjoyment of eating (it is, after all, true). Under no circumstances should you stop dieting if you fail in your diet one day. Do NOT let holidays or parties sway you from your diet unless it is ONLY for ONE day. Falling off your diet intentionally for one day requires a very strong will (motivation) to return to your diet the next day.

Eating fewer calories than you burn EVERY DAY is the 2nd-most-important thing. Whether you do that by no exercise and eating a lot less or by lots of daily exercise and eating a little less or something in between is up to you. Consider carefully if using a “reward” will work for you. Avoid all high-calorie foods. Skipping specific meals EVERY DAY is (for me) the easiest way to reduce daily calorie consumption.


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Nancy asks…

I just want to drop 5-10 pounds. What’s a good diet/exercise plan?

I’m 5’9”, around 150. I know that sounds slim/average, but my big butt/hips(39″)/thighs lower half aren’t all that flattering to my 34B top half. It’s not easy for me to gain weight, mostly because of my relatively fast metabolism and also my eating habits on pretty good, although I have fallen short of that because of the holidays. -__- But a lot of the time I think it may because I won’t eat because I’m afraid of gaining weight. I just want to stay fit and healthy!

But yeah, I just want to get rid of my pesky big butt, hips and thighs. I know in order for that to happen I’ll have to lose some weight in the rest of my body but that’s okay. I have a bike(I’m about to go ride it) and I do little 20 minute exercises at least once a week. I’m trying to get back into running as well.

So any kind of plans and motivational tricks would be great! Thank you. And happy weight loss/better health to all of you guys!

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Steven asks…

Am I FAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I am 13, my height is 5ft. 4 3/4, and weigh 151 pounds. Is it still baby fat or am I just a fat PIG? How can I get rid of the terrible stretch marks and the fat from hanging over the jeans? I get critizied at school and can’t get a boyfriend cause of my body. I just want to be a normal sized kid with friends that like me not use me and a boyfriend. What is the easiest diet or weight loss program I can do(that doesn’t involve weights) that will get me a great body and a normal weight. If you have anything that will help please tell me. I’ve tried the suck and tuck the belly trick and it doesn’t work. I don’t really like to go outside or play at that. Could that be one of the problems? Or would it be that I’ve eaten a double cheeseburger and fries for a week? PLEASE HELP THE FAT KID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

weight loss cardiff answers:

I’m going on 38 next month but beleive me, i know how you feel, i have been heavy my whole life, i never felt liked, endured cruel jokes and felt i would never have a boyfriend. Girls and women are expected to look like everyone else on TV, its always the thin models that get the main roles in movies and chubby women are shoved to the backburner. We need to realize and believe that looks dont mean ANYTHING AT ALL, if guys are only going to like you because you have a nice body then that tells me what kind of person they really are, a JERK. You have so much to offer in this world, dont let anyone tell you otherwise! You are a special and unique person. Please just be yourself and stop comparing yourself to others, it takes all shapes and sizes in our world. Please enjoy yourself while you can and put a smile on your face, thats what will trully draw the right ones to you. For me i choose swimming to keep myself as healthy as possible, its easier on your body and burns more calories than any exercise you do out of water ( i was told this by a swim instructer ) and best of all its FUN. I know its hard, i dont mean to go on and on but i just want you to know your not alone. God Bless you.

Lizzie asks…

i was searching online, when i came across this…?

i was reading online when someone said an easy way to loose weight is by doing this:
Drink ICE water all day. At least 12 eight ounce servings, and make sure it’s ice cold, because your body burns more calories trying to warm itself back up due to the temperature of the water..
Chew lots of gum, and brush your teeth four times a day, you are less likely to ruin a “fresh mouth” with food..and if you constantly clean your tastes gross after the toothpaste anyway. Gum will trick your body into thinking you are eating, so it wont growl as much. And if the hunger pains get out of control, that’s when you have another 8 ounces of ice water.
Doing this for three months can result in a 30-50 pound weight loss.
Also, it doesn’t hurt to do some LIGHT jogging. Make sure it’s nothing too extreme though, because your muscles wont be able to take it after going so long with no food.

is this a good way to loose a diet.. along with eating low fat?? and exercising a bit??
AND! its either a yes or a no question… k, thx! 🙂

weight loss cardiff answers:

No. These will make no difference at all.

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