Need to lose weight fast? Let’s say there is a special occasion coming up next week and you’ve realized you are looking a little chubby.

Disclaimer: It is not safe to try to lose too much weight in a short period of time. Following these practical tips may help you lose a few pounds in a short period of time though. What should you do?

Many times, ridding yourself of water weight can make more of a difference than you think. Concerning water weight, you will always want to be careful and never overdue it. Losing too much of your bodies water can be very dangerous. Dehydration is never a smart way to go about this. In what ways can you lose a reasonable amount of water weight?

Drink a lot of water. What?! Yes, drink a lot of water. When you are not as hydrated as you should be, it is possible for your body to hold on to more weight as it is in a type of “survival mode”. Drinking enough water is said to send out the right signals in your body to keep it flushed out.

Eating sufficient amounts of fiber. Keeping your digestive system working properly is another key. This will help reduce the bloating look.

Note: Before approaching this week of losing weight fast, it would be smart to write out a fitness training plan for the week. Having a plan that you can follow is always better than “shooting in the dark” trying to vaguely apply some suggestions you read.

For radical results, you need to make radical changes. Your diet is the most important part of any plan to lose weight. No matter how much you exercise, if you do not have a calorie deficiency (burning more calories than you lose), your chances of losing weight are very slim (although exercise will build muscle and eventually lead to a more active metabolism, helping you burn more calories). Bottom line is: changing your diet is critical if you want to lose weight and keep it off. Here are some diet suggestions for losing weight fast:

What: Eat a lot of greens. Not only are they low in calories, but they will help out your digestive system. Replace all unhealthy snacks with fruits or vegetables if you want to lose weight quickly. Cut down on carbs, especially in the evening time and don’t be afraid to eat meat, try to make sure it is lean and your’re not eating too much though.

When: If you are serious about losing weight quickly, you are going to want to not only limit what you eat, but when you eat. A good rule of thumb is to not eat after 8pm. If you are like me, you probably get hungry later than 8pm. This is were discipline comes in and it could be a good idea to eat a healthy snack right before eight o’clock to hold you over until morning. Your metabolism isn’t working as hard while you are sleeping so eating soon beforehand is not the best idea. Some would say to eat right before you go to bed if you’re hungry so that your metabolism doesn’t slow down as much. This is sound advice too, but only eat if you are hungry and only eat healthy foods. One more diet tip: try drinking two glasses of water before each time you eat. These is a tip that I like a lot and can be helpful at reducing calories. Many times we think we are hungry but are actually just thirsty. Drinking before eating can sort out that issue and help out our digestive systems.

If you are not used to exercising, doing a full workout everyday may figuratively cripple you for the event that you need to lose weight for. Therefore, I’m not saying to go crazy with your exercise. If anything, go “crazy” with your diet. Daily exercise can be something as small as doing 5 push-ups or 10 sit-ups. The idea of it is that you are helping your heart rate and metabolism by doing that physical activity, plus it can help keep your mind focused on that goal of losing weight before next week. Building muscle will help you burn more calories, no questions asked. This doesn’t mean you have to become bulky.