How To Lose Those Last 5,10 or 15 Pounds

Lose Those Last PoundsThe biggest struggle in any weight loss challenge is losing the last 5, 10, and even 15 pounds. These are referred to as “vanity pounds” because the extra weight you had on before was not healthy, while those last pounds are more related to how you want to see yourself in a bikini on the beach. They aren’t harmful to your body, but let’s face it: you want to look and feel your best in those skinny jeans!

While they may be the most stubborn pounds to lose, do not despair! Just a few tweaks to your daily lifestyle can help you drop those last few pounds. Here’s the steps to get you started:

Watch Your Sodium Intake

While it may surprise you, some of those last pounds could simply be water weight. If you have that little black dress that you can’t wait to wear, but feel too “bloated” to wear it, it could be that your sodium intake is higher than it should be. A few simple tips: keep your sodium intake NO higher than 1000mg a day for best little black dress results. Skip the frozen pizzas and dinners and pizza rolls, Chinese food, soups with a higher sodium amount of 600mg or more, and other salty snacks like pretzels.

Super weight loss tip: Drink cold ice water with fresh lemon juice or infused with watermelon, berries, and cucumber. This promotes a safe diluting effect that flushes out the extra salt in your body and makes losing the water weight a whole lot easier. This is also beneficial during times of your cycle when you feel the most bloated as well!

Pump Up Your Interval Workouts By 15-20 Minutes

Still not seeing the scale budge or the inches go down? Bring it up a notch! (And by a notch, I mean only 15-20 extra minutes.) If you usually work out for 30-45 minutes, bring it up to 60 minutes, same amount of times a week. This should preferably be interval training, which simply means going as fast as you can in that activity for same 1:1 ratio as slowing down. For instance, when swimming, do one lap at a moderate pace and the next lap with all your strength. This burns calories as an extraordinary rate than if you simply exercised for the same amount of time at the same pace the entire time.

Super weight loss tip: If you haven’t added strength training to your regimen already, now is the time to do it! Muscle burns fat and aerobic activities are NOT the gods of weight loss. You must add 2-3 strength training sessions a week to your workouts, only estimating at 20-30 minutes per session. On those strength training days, I advise doing 40 minutes of some kind of favorite aerobic activity such as kickboxing, running, swimming, biking, and the like and then spending 20 minutes on those bicep curls, lunges, squats, sit-ups, and push-ups! Your body will be warm from the aerobic activity, allowing your body to contract muscle tissue more easily and get a more effective workout.

Switch Up Your Workouts

Even though you may be the most devoted Zumba or yoga fan, it’s time to explore new territory. If you have been doing the same types of workouts for more than six weeks, it’s time to change it up and keep your body guessing. The more you switch your workouts up each day, the better your results will be. Have you tried some of the most talked about workout programs yet? What looks like fun that you’ve never tried before? Surfing? Weight lifting? Beating your best time on your laps in the pool? Set a new goal for yourself to try something that you’ve always wanted to do as your workout or explore uncharted territory you’ve been a little hesitant to try. You may be surprised that you love it just as much AND burn more calories!

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Super weight loss tip: Pick 4-5 workouts a week, ranging from 30-60 minutes, depending on your fitness level and time restraints. Choose two of those workouts to be your favorite “go-to” workouts that you’ve been always doing and then add three new workouts. This could be a workout DVD, a class you’ve never tried, or a program.

Start (or Continue) Journal Your Food Intake

I know it’s tedious and boring work, but logging what you are eating – from your lunch to those small bites you stole off your child’s plate – can keep you on track and allow you to make tweaks in your “calorie bank” to know how many calories you eat in a day and what you have left over. Your goal: create a 500 calorie deficit each day. This could be a 500 calorie burn workout, 250 calories cut from your diet and 250 calories burned during a workout, whatever it takes to get that math circled in success each day to reach your weight loss goal.
Metabolic Fat Loss

Super weight loss tip: Get some extra rest! Our bodies need 7-8 hours of restful sleep to keep our hormones and moods in check. We rely so heavily on sleep for weight loss, simply because our bodies crave simple carbohydrates (like sugar) when we don’t get enough sleep. You could be eating more bread, pasta, desserts, and other white “fat-storaging” foods than we believe! Log your food this, next week and log more hours of sleep to see better weight loss results.

Check Your Thyroid And Hormone Levels

This one may surprise you! Did you know that your thyroid and your hormone levels are responsible for how fast you burn fat and how easy you can gain weight? If you have been feeling sluggish, losing more hair in the shower, feeling much colder than usual, and easily gaining weight and/or having a difficult time losing weight, you may have a slow thyroid – which can destroy any weight loss goals. Hormones are like a symphony. If one gets out of whack – such as estrogen, testosterone, T3/T4 levels in your thyroid, and the like – your metabolism can be slowed to a halt.

Pregnancy, aging, genetics, diet, and lifestyle can all contribute to a messed up hormonal system. Get all your levels tested to rule out any of these issues and get on any medications or supplements your doctor prescribes. This could solve the problem of why you can’t lose weight, simply with that!

Follow these tips and you may be pleasantly surprised with the results! Remember: the last 5, 10, 15 pounds are the hardest to lose but they are NOT impossible to reach. Keep up your hard work and remember how far you’ve come – you are worth it!

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  1. lisa says

    I added jogging to my exercise….It hasn’t helped me lose any weight, but mentally, it makes me feel better. I have learned to accept my body and try not to get overly upset with weight loss.

  2. michelle hebert says

    i get some exercise from cleaning my house and chasing around my 4 children and i cut out drinking soda n junk foods

  3. Lisa Brown says

    Oh, yes, keeping excess weight off my waist line is hard, but I find if I keeps carbs to a minimum, I can keep the bulge to a minimum.

  4. Linda Petteys says

    I haven’t beat the bulge! But I know how and have done it before. Definitely exercise (or activity) combined with watching portion size works.

  5. Tiffany says

    I cut back on how much soda I was drinking and drank water all day instead. Doing a quick workout before bed seemed to help too.

  6. Wendy Lindsey says

    The older I get the harder it is. I lost 10 lbs earlier this summer, but it’s all coming back and I really needed to lose another 25. So very frustrating. For me it’s all about willpower and loss of energy. I’m so tired all the time and think I need to pay a visit to my doctor to find out why.

  7. Diana Ward says

    I drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water every morning. It helps me lose weight, improves my blood pressure and blood sugar levels, helps keep Candida down.

  8. Tim says

    Yes, I have had trouble losing those last few pounds (more than a few, actually!). I have begun to drink about a gallon of water a day — helps curb my appetite.

  9. Kristina says

    I find that swimming and bike riding help me to lose some extra pounds-any exercise where you feel like you’re having more fun than really working out!

  10. Karen M. says

    I increase my water intake, and cut out all white carbs. (regular pasta, anything with sugar, etc.) I increase my weekly running mileage by 5-10 miles and it comes off quickly, even at my age.

  11. Kevin says

    Great advice! Especially the section on sodium – you should count sodium mgs just like you count calories/ grams of fat!

  12. Kitty says

    Jenny’s advice about adding resistance training is key, in my opinion – I was able to reduce my ‘weight’ by limiting calories….but I didn’t feel ‘fit.’ I use free weights and machines, 3-4X per week. Not only am I firmer, but my posture has improved and I sleep much better! “Muscle burns fat” =)

  13. Adriane says

    My thyroid levels are all over the place so sometimes losing weight seems impossible. One thing that helps is drinking plenty of fluids, also I never buy those few fatty foods that I just can’t say no to (like chips – no such thing as moderation with them!)

  14. Tracey Collins says

    I’m TRYING to cut back on junk food. I don’t bring in into the house. Just treats that my child likes but not me. lol

  15. Bonnie Caselman says

    I don’t deny myself anything but focus on portion control. It sounds wasteful but I’ve gotten over the aversion of throwing food away. When I’m full, the remainder goes in the trash.

  16. Alicia says

    I find that when I stop eating sugar (bread, pasta, cereal, baked goods), and limit my fruit intake and increase my protein and veggie intake I can drop the midsection weight pretty fast.

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