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The Best Two-Day Diet

By Tammy Dray ; Updated July 18, 2017

If you want to lose weight but just can't seem to get it in gear, you may need a short, jump-start diet -- one that not only leads to weight loss but keeps you energized and kick starts your future weight loss efforts. A two-day diet will put you on the right track toward your weight loss efforts and ensure lasting results.

Decide what works best for you. Since a two-day diet is meant to be rather strict, choose something you can live with. Good options include a liquid diet, a low-carb program or a low-calorie menu. All may provide good results.

Write down a menu for each meal for the two days. Think about breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. This will allow you to eat every three to four hours, which helps control hunger and stabilizes your blood sugar, which leads to a speedy metabolism and fewer cravings.

Keep your fridge stocked with plenty of liquids. Water, diet sodas, teas and coffees, vegetable juices and other calorie-free drinks are all important, no matter which diet you are following. Aim for eight to 10 glasses a day. This helps you flush toxins, keeps you full so you eat less and helps you stay hydrated. Helpguide.org explains that thirst is often confused with hunger, so staying hydrated may help you avoid eating those extra calories.

Add lots of non-starchy vegetables to each meal. Avoid potatoes and corn. Focus on leafy green veggies, followed by any others you prefer. Vegetables are high in fiber, which fills you up so you eat less while keeping your digestive system functioning properly, according to MedlinePlus.com. They are also low in calories, so they will bulk up a meal without increasing its caloric value.

Keep your portions small, as advised by Helpguide.org. If you are following a liquid diet, you will have to drink a shake or a glass of vegetable juice, but on any other program, aim for portions not larger than the size of your fist. Try to keep all meals at the same size, rather than making one much larger than the others.

Stay away from anything that has a high content of sugar, including sweets and pastries, grains and white flours, sweetened drinks and even starchy vegetables. Avoid also anything that has been fried, battered or breaded. This just adds calories without any nutritional content.

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