First of all, congratulations! You have shed off a couple of pounds already and that’s an incredible milestone. Don’t worry too much if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or are experiencing a plateau in your fitness journey – I know how tough it is to lose those last few pounds especially those five to ten pounds.
You are almost at the finish line. You have done a bunch of dieting and working out to be able to achieve where you are now. By now you are probably questioning yourself, how were you able to get rid of a huge chunk of weight and be struggling with these last few pounds?
You are not alone in this. I have a few tips I have learned from my personal coaches over the years of working out.
But before we get into that, let’s find out why it’s difficult to lose those last few pounds. At the beginning of your journey to losing weight, you are most likely really determined, you are consistent at the gym and are extra strict with your diet. This is positively the reason as to why you were able to lose weight easily. Over time, if you are doing it repetitively and if your rules are getting a bit stricter, I won’t be surprised if you’re slacking off.
Another reason could be your calorie intake. As you lose weight, your calorie count should drop as well. Have you adjusted yours yet?
Now let us say goodbye to those unwanted fats, shall we?
Give yourself a little tap on the back
Hey, you have come a long way! Would you believe that just a few months ago you were a few extra pounds heavier than you are right now? With your effort and hard work, you were able to get to this stage. What’s even more encouraging is you are still doing your best to achieve your goal – which is losing those last few pounds. Slow progress is still progress – you will be able to get there.
Avoid eating out as much as possible
If you are the type of person who is always on the go, don’t use eating out as an excuse because there is no other better option. There is. You may want to consider meal prepping ahead of time to be able to actually manage your food intake. This way, it will also be easier because you won’t have to worry about the kind of oil X restaurant used for your meal, as one example.
Journal your meals
An extra step that matters! Try counting your calories and jotting down what meals you have taken in a day or plan out the kind of meals you’ll have for the rest of the week. Most importantly, don’t forget to stick to it.
Consider protein shakes
Replace at least one of your meals of the day with protein shakes to be able to really see how much calories you’re taking. Plus, they’re incredibly filling and convenient. Take it anywhere with you.
Switch up your workout routine if you have been doing the same thing. Consult a personal trainer if you don’t have one, I’m positive they’d be a tremendous help. As you get fitter, it’s highly possible that the exercises you have been used to are getting easier for you. Challenge yourself with other routines.