If you have just undergone a weight loss journey and have transformed your body through hard work and dedication you may start to notice that the final 5 pounds are the hardest to lose.
Perhaps it is because you are so close to your end goal that you ease off a little, but whatever the reason the following tips can help you get back on track ready to hit your goal, and hopefully keep the weight off for good.
#1: Choose high calorie foods, not just low calorie ones
If you are struggling to lose weight you may be focussing your attention on the wrong kind of foods.
For instance rather than counting calories, try to focus on those foods high in protein.
High protein foods take more calories burnt to digest and process than other food types. Plus, it is essential for building and maintaining muscle mass, which is something that you may lose while on a low-calorie diet.
#2: Lift heavier weights
It is a shame that so many women are afraid of lifting weights, in particular those heavier ones.
They probably believe that doing so will cause you to look manly, which is certainly not the case.
The truth is that women do not produce enough testosterone to promote huge amounts of muscle growth.
What you will experience though is an increase in your bodies natural ability to burn fat for up to 24 hours after your workout, which will surely aid your weight loss efforts.
#3: Watch your stress levels
When you are stressed, perhaps through work or family problems your body will produce excess amounts of cortisol, which is a hormone that can reduce your ability to burn fat.
While some stress is unavoidable there are some aspects of your life that can cause stress including:
- Blood sugar levels.
- Excessive caffeine consumption.
- Over training.
- Poor digestion.
If you are unable to lose the last 5 pounds from your weight loss goal, work on your stress levels and start to see those results you desire.
#4: Hire a trainer
While personal trainers are expensive they will be able to make the appropriate changes to your gym routine to make it effective for your goals.
If money is tight then one or two sessions may be enough.
#5: Eat more (healthy) fat
The mere mention of the word fat will make most dieters cringe, yet there are some healthy fats that you shouldn’t shy away from.
These fats can help your efforts, so foods such as avocados, olive oil, salmon and walnuts should be added to your diet.
#6: Change your workout
If you have been doing the same workout routine every time you have gone to the gym for month after month you will no doubt not be seeing the most benefits for your time spent working out.
By mixing up your routine by doing different exercises and increasing the intensity will help you get over your weight loss plateau.
#7: Cut out processed foods
If you are already close to your final weight loss goal then you have probably already cut out most processed foods from your diet.
Now is time for you to cut out the rest. Perhaps you are eating something that you do not think is processed, so make sure you check the labels of any food you are planning on buying.
#8: Drink more water
Water is unsurprisingly the best drink for you. It contains zero calories, yet can help flush out toxins and prevent food cravings from getting the better of you.
There has even been a study that has shown that drinking between 8-12 glasses of water per day will burn more calories than if you drunk only 4 glasses daily.
#9: Get more sleep
If you do not get the recommended amount of sleep then you will feel sluggish the next day and more likely to reach for snack foods in an attempt to boost your energy levels.
It has also been shown that a lack of sleep can slow your metabolism, so fewer calories will be burnt.
#10: Get some support
If you are nearing the end of your weight loss journey you may already have a support system in place, whether a friend or loved one.
Yet, not everyone has, which can make dealing with problems encountered during your journey hard to cope with.
By joining a local slimming club like Weight Watchers or Slimming World for example you will be able to speak to like-minded people who will be able to help and encourage you through and issues you encounter.