Lose 3 Pounds in 2 Days!

Rucuss staffJanuary 10, 2012

Aside from starving, if you eat fewer calories you’ll lose weight.

All it takes is a little will power and determination. You must switch your eating habits a bit and you should be on your way. Men’s Health has put together a 2-day meal plan that is packed with big-calorie swaps that will help you drop up to three pounds in just six meals. Go ahead and give it a try.

DAY 1

Breakfast: Not That! IHOP Country Fried Steak & Eggs w/hash browns, pancakes, and syrup 1,790 calories 95 g fat (29 g saturated) 4,065 mg sodium.

The word “country” conjures up feel-good images of big red barns, rolling hills, and roaming cows, but rest assured, there’s nothing wholesome about this IHOP breakfast disaster. Not only does it deliver most of your day’s calories, but it also has 1.5 days’ worth of saturated fat and about 2 days’ worth of sodium.

Eat This Instead! Belgian Waffle w/bacon and syrup 550 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated) 835 mg sodium.
You lose: 0.4 pounds!

LOSE WEIGHT—SLEEPING! According to a new study, dieters who sleep 8 hours a night (versus 5.5) lose more fat and less muscle.

Lunch: Not That! Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger w/large fries and large Coke 1,850 calories 78 g fat (26 g saturated) 3,410 mg sodium 111 g sugar.

The soda and fries certainly contribute to the problem, but even if you just consumed the burger, you’d take in more than 900 calories. That’s a lot of cheeseburger. Your goal in choosing a burger at Carl’s Jr. should be the same as your goal anywhere: Skip the big-ticket burgers and go with something more modest. The Big Hamburger below is the perfect compromise.

Eat This Instead! Big Hamburger w/small fries and a medium iced tea 810 calories 33 g fat (10.5 g saturated) 1,645 mg sodium 15 g sugar.
You lose: 0.3 pounds!

Dinner & Dessert: Not That! Uno Chicago Grill Individual Deep Dish Cheese & Tomato Pizza with a Bananas Foster 3,020 calories, 88 g fat (46.5 g saturated) 3,010 mg sodium, 71 g sugar.

Thanks to oversized portions and thick, oily crusts, “individual” pizzas are rarely as innocuous as their name implies. Instead, grab a pal and split a few slices of the thin-crust pepperoni pizza. You’ll save more than 1,200 calories without sacrificing the cheese-y, tomato-y goodness you crave. Then, instead of wolfing down an entire Bananas Foster, opt for the “mini” version. That will save you 30 grams of sugar.

Eat This Instead! Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza  (1/2 a pie) with a Mini Bananas Foster 845 calories 41 g fat (19 g saturated) 1,310 mg sodium and 40.5 g sugar.
You lose: 0.6 pounds!

DAY 2
Breakfast: Not That! Denny’s Grand Slamwich w/hash browns 1,520 calories 101 g fat (44 g saturated) 3,550 mg sodium.

Denny’s crams bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, and mayo into this shameful sandwich, and then bastes it in a maple glaze. Yikes! Create your own breakfast off the chain’s Build-Your-Own menu and you can opt out of the high-liability fare and save yourself more than 1,100 calories at one meal.

Eat This Instead! Build-Your-Own Grand Slam w/Egg Whites, Bacon, Hash Browns, and Seasonal Fruit 400 calories 17 g fat (4.5 saturated) 1,067 mg sodium.

You lose: 0.3 pounds!

Lunch: Not That! Chili’s Southern Smokehouse Bacon Burger w/ fries and Coke 2,530 calories 139 g fat (46 g saturated) 6,575 mg sodium.
The person who decided to add battered and deep-fried onions to a gargantuan BBQ bacon cheeseburger certainly did not have your health—or your silhouette—in mind. This burger will add two-thirds of a pound of fat to your gut, plus it contains more than double your recommended daily intake of saturated fat and about 3 days’ worth of sodium! Because none of the chain’s burgers fall below the 1,000-calorie mark, you’re best move is to ditch the burger and opt for a Steakhouse Sandwich with corn on the cob. It’s still a high-calorie item, but it’s far better than the alternative.

Eat This Instead! Steakhouse Sandwich w/corn on the cob and unsweetened iced tea 810 calories 36 g fat (15 g saturated) 2,665 mg sodium.
You lose: 0.5 pounds!

Dinner & Dessert: Not That! Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi and Steak Diane w/ mashed potatoes, with Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake 4,300 calories 141 g saturated fat 3,601 mg sodium.
Here’s the thing: The Shrimp Scampi and Steak Diane doesn’t actually sound all that bad. But if that’s your dinner, and you order a Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake for dessert, you’re looking at more than 2 days’ worth of calories. That’s just absurd. For reasonable portions, go with the Factory’s Petite Grilled Tenderloin of Beef finished off with a bowl of chocolate ice cream. That puts 3,215 calories back in your pocket and saves you nearly a pound of flab.

Eat This Instead! Cheesecake Factory Petite Grilled Tenderloin of Beef w/carrots and broccoli, with Chocolate Ice Cream 1,085 calories 28 g saturated fat 1,276 mg sodium.
You lose: 0.9 pounds!

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