To try and lose 10lbs in 2 weeks

(36 Posts)
Ghanagirl Sun 10-Nov-13 18:02:16

Have decided (forced) to go back to work absolutely broke but have put on around 10lbs in last year. Tried on work clothes and they are too tight feel depressed and p'd off not hugely overweight but feel uncomfortable and miserable, my DH has been reassuring me (lying) that I look fine, but the fact is I can't get into my old smart clothes and can't afford new ones, advice please, but be kind my self esteem is around 2 out of 10hmm

impatienttobemummy Sun 10-Nov-13 21:03:22

Dukan diet, it can be done. On the first week I always lose 7lbs.. 2 weeks a dress size down.

SlangKing Sun 10-Nov-13 21:53:12

Hi, Ghana. Dunno if this'll help but it might. I'm a small guy - barely 5'5" - who's always been a svelt 8st 7lbs EXCEPT for a period in the early 2000's when I weighed 10st. Like you I found I couldn't fit in my 'good' clothes anymore. I got a new job about 3 miles from home and decided to cycle to it. I don't drive so it wasn't a difficult choice, though I'd barely been on a bike in 20 years. I figured I'd lose the excess weight in no time,,, but found that fat works in mysterious ways. After about 4 weeks of cycling to work n back,,, no change at all apart from feeling fitter. Then, over the next 2 or 3 weeks it ALL just dropped off. You'd have to ask an expert why it works that way,, but it did. I was always happy to chase after balls and shuttlecocks,,, but can't think of anything more loathesome than a gym. THAT kind of exercise I CANNOT do. So, if your new job is a mile or more away,, consider cycling to it. If that's impractical, maybe some other kind of regular activity that your new income will pay for. 10lb ain't a lot and if it came as a result of a sedentary period chances are you can lose it again with a bit of exercise and NO dieting. For the period before the blubber drops off, will friends or family loan/give you blouses and skirts? Male shirts will suffice if needs be,,, if anyone even notices the buttons on the wrong side it's not gonna get you sacked.

aquashiv Sun 10-Nov-13 21:58:09

Have you a Helen Douglas House near you? Love that shop lovely clothes.

aquashiv Sun 10-Nov-13 21:59:11

Forget the diet life is too short.

Nottalotta Sun 10-Nov-13 22:00:25

17 day diet. I lost 10lbs in 17 days. Basically as follows:

Juice half lemon in water and drink first thing.
Two fruits a day before 2pm
Two probiotics a day (i had activia 0% fat snack pots)
You can have 2 eggs a day plus unlimited egg white.
Lean protein : tuna, chicken breast, turkey. Salmon.
Veg. No carbs. (so no potatos, sweet potato, parsnips - some veg aren't allowed but most are)

Thats it!

Well, thats cycle one for the first 17 days. There are four cycles.

Nottalotta Sun 10-Nov-13 22:03:02

Oops - missed out two healthy fats - ie two tbsp olive oil - per day.

Drink plenty of water and green tea if you can stomach it.

Slimming world! It is a great plan, great results and no hunger smile

Joysmum Sun 10-Nov-13 22:55:33

A lot of people on here who don't know what they are talking about!

It's perfectly possible to lose 10lb in 2 weeks, I've even done it in a week!

However, what you're after losing is 10lb of fat not 10lb of glycogen and water which will go straight back on when you eat more energy than you need again and start to top up your depleted glycogen and associated water reserves.

1lb of fat require an energy intake deficit of 3500kcals to shift, so to shift 10lbs you need to eat 35000kcals less than your body requires equating to 2500kcals less than your body needs per day. Given the recommended intake for women is only 2000kcals a day this makes losing 10lb of fat over only 2 weeks highly unlikely.

Having said all that, I did when I had 6.5 stone to lose but it's not the norm for someone not particularly overweight with average levels of activity.

Strumpetron Sun 10-Nov-13 22:59:14

People have said it is possible, however it isn't recommended or safe. And no-one should be advocating it.

Some people seem to think they are nutrition experts after reading a few articles on the deficit or MyFitnessPal.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 10-Nov-13 23:00:42

I would exercise and make consciously healthy food choices.

You probably won't lose 10lbs in 2 weeks, more like 6lb maximum. But heathy food and exercise will alter your shape a bit in that time, which will help with how your clothes are fitting. It will make a difference.

There's lots of good exercise routines about if you google them. Ones you can fit in to your daily life quite easily rather than "do it for an hour a day FOREVER" style ones.

Joysmum Sun 10-Nov-13 23:03:21

Depends how it's done and the starting point stumpetron. My was done on doctors recommendation so it's not always bad or unhealthy in all cases but having read the OP I wail advise against given the info provided and lack of knowledge and professional supervision.

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