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Losing those pesky five pounds

Bathing suit season may be coming to a close, but it's not too late to get in shape and trimmed down before the fall festivities. A good place to start is that extra five pounds you put on during vacation. Registered dietician Kelly Snow shares an easy five-step plan that will help you shed that extra weight in just one week -- and keep on losing.

"First of all, [drink] lots of water," Snow explains.  "Water helps keep you hydrated.  If you're dehydrated your body will hold onto any moisture it can, so you're going to retain fluid instead of get rid of it."

There have been a lot of questions about exactly how much water you're supposed to drink.  The answer is really just a matter of simple math.  Half an ounce of water for ever pound you weigh.  So for a 140 pound woman -- that's 70 ounces of water, or approximately eight cups.

Next, cut out the sodium: processed foods, eating out, even frozen dinners.

"If you're eating a lot of high sodium foods, that is going to retain fluid.  So you'll gain weight instead of losing," Snow says.

We all hear about carbs, sugar - cut that out.  But it's not all carbohydrates.

"You want to do your complex carbohydrates -- like your whole wheat breads, brown rice, whole wheat pasta," Snow said. "Those have a lot of fiber in them.  That helps to digest.  It also doesn't hold onto a lot of extra fluid.   It helps wash out your system."

Also, try to focus on fruits, veggies and protein at meal time.

"Protein help keeps you full and the vegetables have a lot of fiber and water that help flush through your system," Snow explains.

Finally, watch your portions.  Keep things small and don't be afraid to add in a snack between meal times.

"Your body can only handle so much at one time.  What doesn't get digested turns into fat," Snow says.  "You want to stick to three meals a day with snacks in between, because when you go a long time without eating you're going to over-indulge."

Those snacks (things like fruits and veggies) will also help stimulate your metabolism.

You may be wondering where to start with this meal plan.  Well, we have it all mapped out for you -- check out Snow's eight-day plan now and say goodbye to those pesky extra pounds!

[To view the complete meal plan, click here (PDF)]

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