How to Lose 10 Pounds Fast
With a photo shoot coming up, I needed to lose 10 pounds fast. Here’s what I tried and how it turned out.
Even if you have been unable to lose weight despite your best efforts to eat healthy and exercise, a new science-based diet can help you lose 10 pounds within a month or less.
After reading tons of research on eating, dieting (the good and bad), and intermittent fasting, I decided to go all in on losing some weight fast.
My experience was that I lost 7 pounds in the 10 days and lost another four pounds in the weeks after.
Over a period of months, I went on to lose a total of 22 pounds in about four months.
I’ve maintained that loss since. So, I’ve been doing this type of intermittent fast for a year now.
It turns out that when we eat is just as important as what we eat. And it also turns out that losing some weight fast, can also be very beneficial.
I used to believe that the best way to lose weight was slow and steady, believing that by doing it that way, you’d change how you ate permanently and keep the weight off for good.
In general, slow and steady is what you want for long-term, since the real goal is to have a healthy body and eat in a way that is sustainable.
So, a short-term protocol to get things started is fine. But remember, diets always end. You want to find a way to eat that you can stick to forever!
Why Diets Don’t Work
My real experience with diets, one in my 30’s and one in my 40’s was not positive. The problem was, that they were diets and I felt restricted all the time.
I especially remember with Weight Watchers, with the points and tracking, I did lose weight. But I was white-knuckling it. I felt so hungry all the time. At the same time, I was eating all these 0 and 1 point snacks.
I lost weight but immediately gained it back in a few months. What got me to my lowest weight was not sustainable for me.
WW may have changed since I was on it–so I am not bashing it. But it was problematic for me in many ways. Since I went on to eat only real foods, I wasn’t really interested in diets since that time.
Eventually I made peace with being overweight and decided that diets just were not the way to go. Instead, I concentrated on eating nutritionally dense food and on being healthy.
There are worse things to do!
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Then, in my early 50’s I inadvertently discovered intermittent fasting and lost quite a bit of weight really fast. I was going through a break up and really didn’t have much appetite for a few weeks.
I lost about 15 pounds without trying.
Because I was so curious about what caused that quick weight loss, I really looked at how I ate and pinpointed that I wasn’t eating at night or in the morning. This allowed me to maintain my weight loss for years!
Eventually, I got careless with my eating and workouts and I gained some of the weight back. But it took several years as opposed to months. This past summer, a long trip to Argentina did me in.
Eating breads and drinking wine every day not only caused me to gain weight, it left my face puffy. I could feel myself getting bigger by the day! Not a good feeling.
In a wonderful twist of fate, I needed to have a photo shoot for my blog. It was time to have professional pictures and I had an actual deadline to get them done and turned in.
I needed to lose 10 pounds fast!
Yet, I have never looked worse than I did. No way was I going to do a photo shoot feeling as bad as I did. But I had a tight deadline.
What I Did to Lose 10 Pounds Fast
I knew that I was going to have to eliminate the booze and bread and eat clean. I thought about simply fasting on bone broth and that led me to go look at my old bone broth books.
Bone broth has been a staple of my diet for years as a daily supplement that I drink for the health of my gut and my skin.
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While reading up on it, I came across a book called the 10-Day Belly Slimdown that promises you can lose up to 10 pounds in 10 days.
I decided to commit to the 10 days and give it a try.
My results? I lost 7 pounds in 10 days and another 4 pounds in the following weeks. My cheek and collar bones reappeared and I could once again button up my jeans.
It was a total success! The best part was I was able to re-establish my good eating habits and kick the inflammatory foods to the curb.
For me, it’s very rare to be able to lose 7 to 10 pounds in 10 days. Because of the addition of bone broth during the fast, I never really got hungry.
Since the afternoon smoothie and dinner meal both had plenty of fat, my hunger stayed in check.
After the 10-Day Belly Slimdown
By day 11 or so, my entire body felt like it was humming with energy.
I woke up one morning and it seemed like all my cells were energized. With this newfound energy, I was able to resume daily exercise.
For the next few weeks, I continued with the clean eating and extra bone broth. I lost another four pounds.
The best part was that I could see the weight loss in my face and I could see it as my belly shrank. Not only could I button pants I hadn’t been able to but they were loose.
It seemed like the weight came off in all the right places.
What Do You Have to Give Up to Lose Weight Fast
I’m not a huge fan of diets in general because most are just too restrictive and of the wrong things.
Not going to lie—this diet restricts a lot of things! For me, this was okay because they were things I generally restrict too.
Wheat and sugar are horrible to my body.
As a woman over 50, I know that my only hope of having beautiful skin and a fit body are by nutrition and exercise.
If you are used to eating a lot of processed food, sugar, and wheat products, then the first few days of this are going to be rough.
Most people will experience flu-like symptoms as the body gets used to eating real food instead of junk.
In general, here is what you give up during your 10-Day Belly Slimdown Diet
- All grains
- All Dairy
- Eating after 7PM
- Most fruit
- Starchy vegetables
Getting Support During the 10-Day Belly Slimdown
Along with reading the book and following the diet, I joined the Facebook group. I’m glad I did because it’s been fun reading about other’s success with this diet.
It seems that most people that made it through the 10 days, lost a similar weight as me, about 6 or 7 pounds though some lose the full 10 pounds.
The other surprising thing is that most people decide to do another round or two of the 10 days.
It’s not meant to be a forever-way of eating but doing two or three rounds is fine. After that, you can either do another version of the bone broth diet or switch to a maintenance program.
Fasting as a Way to Lose Weight Fast
Fasting is now being considered one the best ways to reverse insulin intolerance and resistance.
Years of damaging foods and eating patterns leave many people unable to lose weight despite their best efforts to eat healthy and exercise.
What I’ve discovered for myself at this time of my life, is that eating “healthy” isn’t quite enough. I’ve had to add periods of fasting to keep my body operating optimally.
Optimal operation of my body, means for me, having the feeling that my food is nourishing me and that my body is digesting the food, using it for energy, and not storing extra fat.
When you eat truly is as important as what you eat. This is a revolutionary finding that is transforming the way experts think about weight loss, health, and food.Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND
Our bodies are designed to store and use fat—not just store it!
The Benefits of Fasting
Fasting seems like a really scary thing at first. Not feed my body! No way!
Yet, the research on fasting is very clear. It is truly beneficial for your body. Your body was designed to have periods of time where it doesn’t eat.
These periods of fasting allow the body to do several things:
- Clean out toxins
- Keep your brain healthy
- Give cells time to repair
- Use up extra energy instead of storing it as fat
Fasting is also the only way to reverse insulin resistance. Eating low carb does reduce insulin released in the body, but it doesn’t heal the damage to the blood sugar system.
Fasting is the most efficient and consistent strategy to decrease insulin levels, a fact first noted decades ago and widely accepted as true.Dr. Jason Fung, The Obesity Code
Fasting allows the body to heal and become sensitive once again to insulin which allows it to do its job properly.
FAQ’s about the 10-Day Belly Slimdown
In case you are curious, here are a few things to know about this diet.
What do You Eat During the 10-Day Belly Slimdown
Morning: black coffee, tea, or water. Up to 6 cups of bone broth.
1PM: A green smoothie with collagen powder, spinach or other greens, and healthy fats.
Between 1 and 6: More bone broth with added vegetables
Dinner: A protein, vegetables, and healthy fat
Do You Get Hungry During the Diet?
Surprisingly, I didn’t get hungry. Once in a while, I would feel a little hungry but it would pass. I made sure to eat as much as the diet allowed! Sometimes I would have extra fat to make sure I wouldn’t get hungry.
During the morning and afternoon, you can always have bone broth and that is really satisfying.
Where do You Get Bone Broth?
I make my own from beef or chicken bones. I’ve written two posts about why I drink bone broth and both have recipes in them.
Bone broth is very healing to your gut, your skins, and your joints. My skin is virtually wrinkle-free and is firm and soft. Besides helping me lose weight, it definitely helped me look my best.
The author of the book, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci also sells Bone Broth on her website and there are other good sources where you can purchase it.
Here is a link to the book on Amazon:
Here is a link to Dr. Kellyann’s website for more information or to order products.
Can You Lose 10 Pounds Fast?
Probably! That’s exciting to me since for so long we’ve been told it’s hard to lose weight after 50.
I honestly think the reason most people have trouble losing weight is because of the types of foods they eat and that they eat around the clock.
Honestly, I’d rather set back the clock on my body and face rather than eat around the clock!Sara Garska @ My Think Big Life
If you aren’t ready to jump in quite yet, I’d recommend doing a Whole30 to reset your brain about what is food and what is not Food.
Instead of seeing this way of eating as deprivation, see it as a way to keep your vitality and health.
I’m not going to ever look 20 again, but I am so happy with how I do look, that it keeps me motivated to make nutritious choices in my eating.
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