Lets face it. Diets are hard enough as they are. We just want them to be over and done with so we can start enjoying our new bodies (and wardrobe).
However, what happens when you have that last 7-10lbs that just won't shift!
It's frustrating at the best of times.
If you have found yourself stuck in that rut, then carry on reading as we have some helpful hints that will help you lose that weight for good!
Have you ever wondered why that last 10lbs is so hard to lose? well... to explain in its simplest form, it's because we are slimmer and therefore, burn fewer calories.
I always explain it like this to my clients....
Think about a car with a larger engine. It will get through more fuel than lets say... a smart car. The same happens with a larger body mass. This also means that slimmers who have more weight to lose will also lose weight quicker.
Did you know.... Every 1lb we lose, our metabolism slows by up to 20 calories per day
So how can we shift those last few lbs and get you skipping on your way to a healthy weight management plan. Well these tips will get your body burning again.
Cardio exerciseWe know that exercise helps burn calories but intense cardio is definitely worth considering. It can boost your metabolism so you burn more fat. For best results, try cardio 3-4 times per week.
Go for a walkWalking is a saviour. Not only does a good walk help combat stress but it helps melt away those lbs too. You'd be surprised at how little steps we do per day. Instead of parking near the entrance of the supermarket, park right on the other side of the car park. It'll only take an extra 2 minutes to get to the car park, you'll increase your 'steps per day' count and will get parked without a problem. WIN/WIN
Why not get a pedometer. You'll end up in competition with yourself as you try to better your previous days steps. You are then more likely to walk and exercise without realising it.
TRY... Increasing your steps by at least 1,000 per day for 7 days
Check this out for sizePortion control is a huge deal for many slimmers. A lot of us don't actually realise what a true portion is and we also have out of date messages such as 'i must eat everything on my plate'
I went through a phase of ordering from a childs menu when i went to restaurants to try and zap some weight. I tell you what. It worked!
Weighing and measuring your portions doesn't really take any extra time when it comes to making your meal. However, it will make a HUGE difference to your waistline.
Today i ate.... errr. ummm can't remember?
How many times have you said. I don't know why i put on weight, i don't eat that much. I think you'd be surprised. Those who keep track of what they have eaten lose twice as much weight as those who don't. Keeping a food diary is so simple.
Be honest. - there's no point in keeping a food diary if you don't write exactly what you eat throughout the day
Include drinks - drinks contain calories too. So include those drinks and how many you have per day
Measurements - if you are cooking food from scratch, include the measurements
Do it as you eat - it's easy to think, i'll complete my food journal later. WRONG. Complete it as you go that way you won't forget to add that snack.
Monitor - Each week look back at what you have eaten each day. Make changes as the smallest of snacks could be preventing you from reaching your goal.
Your new BFF - Water
Now we aren't saying that if you drink gallons of water you'll wake up 10lbs lighter. However, what we are saying is that water truly is your best friend in life. It keeps your body ticking along nicely. Prevents headaches, constipation and nourishes your skin. Not to mention snack time.
When you feel peckish you may just need to have a glass of water. A lot of us mistake hydration for hunger so we eat when really our body is crying out for water. Even if you aren't dehydrated, if you are feeling hungry, have a small glass of water. it'll make you feel fuller for just that bit longer and keep you going until your next full meal.
Alleyne is a qualified weight management counsellor, author and columnist.
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