The 5-Day Mini-Fast Plan Instructions

Learn how to slim down the sane way without starving yourself.

The 5-Day Mini-Fast Plan Instructions

Fasting may seem like an extreme weight-loss measure but in order to lose weight, abstaining from food for a set period of time can help you drop a few pounds. The key to healthy and successful fasting, according to nutritionist Kellyann Petrucci, is to eat for eight hours a day, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in between your non-eating hours. This way, you’ll nourish your body, balance your blood sugar, and maintain lower hunger hormone levels – all without depriving yourself unnecessarily. Get a jumpstart on your weight loss with this easy-to-follow five-day plan that will make you rethink the way you diet.

Watch: How Fasting Can Get Your Health Back on Track


Step 1: Hydrate

Before you start eating for the day, begin by rehydrating your body after a full night’s rest. Drink lemon water to flush out toxins and relieve bloat. In addition to water, coffee or tea all count toward your daily hydration goals so continue sipping throughout the day. Staying well-hydrated will extend the amount of time you can fast and keep hunger pangs at bay since the body often confuses hunger with thirst as well.

More: 9 Creative Ways to Drink More Water

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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