You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Lose 5 Pounds Fast?

You’ve heard (over and over again) that gradual weight loss is sustainable weight loss. And you’re totally going to incorporate all of those healthy lifestyle changes that will help you shed your extra pounds and keep them off for good.

But you’ll start all that next month. This month, you’ve got your friend’s wedding and a beach weekend to worry about. So what’s the best way to lose five pounds fast?

Start by ditching salt, says Dana Hunnes, a senior clinical dietitian at UCLA Medical Center. “The average American eats about 4,000 mg of sodium a day, and that can cause you to retain a lot of water weight,” she explains. “Just cutting your sodium way down can help you lose three, four, five pounds very quickly.”

To do that, you’ll want to avoid all packaged products—including cured or deli meats—all of which tend to be loaded with salt. Hunnes says anything under 1,500 mg a day is "really good,” but if you can go lower sticking with fresh foods, even better.

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