According to Cosmopolitan magazine, the fastest way to lose 5 pounds in a week is through a combination of exercise, avoiding certain foods and lifestyle changes. Cosmo recommends completing at least thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercises per day that target different muscle groups and incorporate interval training. The magazine claims that the more of these changes individuals are willing to make, the more pounds they can quickly lose.
Cosmo advises to stay hydrated while attempting to lose pounds because water has no empty calories; and, it also boosts the metabolism for those attempting to lose weight. The magazine advises to avoid bread and pasta entirely because they are full of simple carbohydrates that make a person bloated, while leaving them feeling less full. For meals that contain bread and pasta, those items should be replaced with vegetables which are full of complex carbohydrates and leave an individual feeling fuller for a longer amount of time. Cosmo also recommends cutting out one food indulgence from one's regular diet in order to subtract additional calories from weekly intake, without the body seriously noting the absence.
The magazine explains that sleeping an additional thirty minutes each night helps to boost metabolism. A good night's sleep provides extra energy for proper diet and exercise. Cosmo also reminds readers that photographs may add the appearance of additional pounds that are not truly there.