How to Lose 5 Kg in a Week: Realistic Strategies & Dieting Tips
How to Lose 5 Kg in a Week: Realistic Strategies & Dieting Tips

How to Lose 5 Kg in a Week: Realistic Strategies & Dieting Tips

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Swimsuit season. An upcoming event. A healthier lifestyle. Whatever the reason, you’re hoping to take a big step forward in your weight-loss goals—and fast. While aiming to lose 5 kg (11 lb) in 1 week isn’t impossible, it isn’t a very realistic (or healthy) way to slim down; in fact, doctors agree that rapid weight loss can usually be chalked up to a combination of lost water weight, muscle mass, and fat loss, rather than just plain fat loss.

While we’ve put together a few tips to help you shed some weight in the short term, we’ve also provided plenty of long-term diet suggestions, fitness plans, and lifestyle changes to help you reach sustainable, long-lasting results on your weight loss journey.

How to Meal Prep Your Week of Meals

  1. Meal prep the Spinach & Artichoke Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette to have for lunch on Days 2 through 5. Store the salad in an airtight container and the dressing separately in a small container.
  2. Make the Muffin-Tin Omelets with Feta & Peppers to have for a quick grab-and-go breakfast on Days 1, 2, 3 and 7. Store in glass airtight containers. Wrap in a paper towel and reheat in the microwave on High for 20 to 30 seconds when ready to eat. Freeze any remaining egg muffins.
  3. Make the Chile-Lime Peanuts and store them in a glass airtight container to keep them fresh.

Day 1

Belly-Health Boost: According to a 2022 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, eating nuts on a regular basis is associated with a decreased waist circumference and a lower risk of metabolic syndrome. And the kick of capsaicin from the chili seasoning in the Chile-Lime Peanuts recipe can suppress your appetite in the short run, according to a 2022 Pharmaceuticals (Basel) review, so that you don’t overeat.

Breakfast (290 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Muffin-Tin Omelets with Feta & Peppers
  • 1 medium orange
  • 8 oz. green tea

A.M. Snack (214 calories, 11 g fiber)

  • 1 cup low-fat kefir
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds

Lunch (345 calories, 8 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Whole-Wheat Veggie Wrap

P.M. Snack (221 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1/4 cup Chile-Lime Peanuts

Dinner (410 calories, 13 g fiber)

  • 2 cups Baked Vegetable Soup
  • 1 (4 inch) whole-wheat pita round, toasted and topped with 1/4 cup hummus

Daily Totals: 1,480 calories, 62 g protein, 153 g carbohydrates, 41 g fiber, 76 g fat, 2,367 mg sodium

Day 2

Belly-Health Boost: Chickpeas are a belly-health food with 7 g of fiber and 7 g of protein in 1/2 cup, per the USDA. Those nutrients fill you up and stabilize your blood sugar to keep you satisfied for longer after eating. You’ll love them in today’s Chickpea Pasta with Lemony-Parsley Pesto.

Breakfast (290 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Muffin-Tin Omelets with Feta & Peppers
  • 1 medium orange
  • 8 oz. green tea

A.M. Snack (214 calories, 11 g fiber)

  • 1 cup low-fat kefir
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds

Lunch (324 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Spinach & Artichoke Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

P.M. Snack (46 calories, 2 g fiber)

  • 1 1/2 cups air-popped popcorn topped with 1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Dinner (630 calories, 12 g fiber)

  • 1 3/4 cups Chickpea Pasta with Lemony-Parsley Pesto

Meal-Prep Tip: Save 1 cup of the Sheet-Pan Roasted Root Vegetables (part of tonight’s dinner prep) for dinner on Day 4.

Daily Totals: 1,504 calories, 62 g protein, 122 g carbohydrates, 33 g fiber, 92 g fat, 1,940 mg sodium

Day 3

Belly-Health Boost: Green tea contains compounds that may help keep your abdominal fat in a healthy range, per a 2022 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Plus, the caffeine in green tea may help you to burn more fat, according to a 2022 International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Add a cup or two of green tea to your daily routine to get more of its health benefits.

Breakfast (290 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Muffin-Tin Omelets with Feta & Peppers
  • 1 medium orange
  • 8 oz. green tea

A.M. Snack (210 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Lunch (324 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Spinach & Artichoke Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

P.M. Snack (159 calories, 11 g fiber)

  • 1/2 cup low-fat kefir
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds

Dinner (446 calories, 10 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Chhole (Chickpea Curry)
  • 1 (6 inch) whole-wheat pita bread

Evening Snack (103 calories, 3 g fiber)

  • 1 serving (2 rings) Apple “Donuts”

Daily Totals: 1,526 calories, 58 g protein, 163 g carbohydrates, 35 g fiber, 77 g fat, 1,858 mg sodium

Day 4

Belly-Health Boost: Fiber-rich lentils feed healthy gut bacteria and keep things moving along smoothly in your gut to prevent bloating and constipation. And adding dark leafy greens, as we do in tonight’s dinner, helps you take in fewer calories without increasing hunger.

Breakfast (380 calories, 10 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Matcha Green Tea Latte
  • 1 serving Everything Bagel Avocado Toast
  • 2 kiwi fruit

A.M. Snack (113 calories, 1 g fiber)

  • 1/2 serving (1 muffin) Muffin-Tin Omelets with Feta & Peppers

Lunch (324 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Spinach & Artichoke Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

P.M. Snack (222 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1/4 cup Chile-Lime Peanuts

Dinner (453 calories, 14 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Roasted Root Veggies & Greens over Spiced Lentils

Daily Totals: 1,491 calories, 65 g protein, 130 g carbohydrates, 32 g fiber, 86 g fat, 1,753 mg sodium

Day 5

Belly-Health Boost: Oats are a powerhouse whole grain, high in satisfying fiber. According to a 2021 study in The Journal of Nutrition, people who ate at least three servings of whole grains—like oatmeal and brown rice—daily gained less belly fat over a period of 4 years than those who ate less. Today’s easy breakfast recipe delivers a healthy dose of whole grains in the form of yummy muesli.

Breakfast (490 calories, 18 g fiber)

  • 1 cup kefir
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened muesli
  • 3/4 cup raspberries
  • 8 oz. green tea

A.M. Snack (113 calories, 1 g fiber)

  • 1/2 serving (1 muffin) Muffin-Tin Omelets with Feta & Peppers

Lunch (324 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Spinach & Artichoke Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Dinner (532 calories, 5 g fiber)

P.M. Snack (95 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 medium apple

Dinner (497 calories, 8 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Spaghetti Squash & Chicken with Avocado Pesto

Daily Totals: 1,519 calories, 77 g protein, 152 g carbohydrates, 35 g fiber, 76 g fat, 1,449 mg sodium

Day 6

Belly-Health Boost: True, avocados are high in fat but it’s the good kind that keeps your heart healthy and fills you, which helps you not to overeat and to feel more satisfied.

Breakfast (296 calories, 6 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Matcha Green Tea Latte
  • 1 serving Everything Bagel Avocado Toast

A.M. Snack (113 calories, 1 g fiber)

  • 1/2 serving (1 muffin) Muffin-Tin Omelets with Feta & Peppers

Lunch (360 calories, 13 g fiber)

  • 1 serving White Bean & Veggie Salad

A.M. Snack (210 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 serving Shrimp Paulista
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice topped with 1 tsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli florets topped with 2 tsp. olive oil and seasoned with a pinch each of salt and pepper

Daily Totals: 1,512 calories, 73 g protein, 156 g carbohydrates, 29 g fiber, 70 g fat, 1,666 mg sodium

Day 7

Belly-Health Boost: Protein from eggs can help you slim down and build muscle. Eating animal protein, including eggs, has been linked with less abdominal fat, per a 2022 study in Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome.

Breakfast (290 calories, 4 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Muffin-Tin Omelets with Feta & Peppers
  • 1 medium orange
  • 8 oz. green tea

A.M. Snack (200 calories, 5 g fiber)

  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Lunch (230 calories, 11 g fiber)

  • 1 serving White Bean & Avocado Toast

P.M. Snack (186 calories, 11 g fiber)

  • 3/4 cup low-fat kefir
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds

Dinner (605 calories, 8 g fiber)

  • 1 serving Hasselback Caprese Chicken
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Daily Totals: 1,510 calories, 84 g protein, 174 g carbohydrates, 40 g fiber, 60 g fat, 1,704 mg sodium

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