So you did it—you finally began the journey to lose weight and you are looking and feeling so much better about yourself. You have worked so hard, eating right, counting your calories, being self-disciplined enough to not eat junk food, and let’s not even get started on how hard you have worked to exercise and get yourself back in shape. You have almost reached your goal weight, and the only thing that is standing in the way of your desired weight is the dreaded, last ten to fifteen pounds.
The last ten to fifteen pounds is the hardest weight to lose. This weight, often referred to as “vanity weight,” is the weight that is actually healthy for your body to maintain. Before, all of the body fat was unhealthy and undesirable for you, but this body fat is healthy, although you want it gone. Don’t give up! There are a few things you can do to your daily lifestyle to help get rid of this stubborn weight.
You can begin working off this last few pounds by switching up your workout. Your body wants variety in your workout routines to keep it guessing. If you have been participating in a continuous workout routine over the course of six weeks, it is time to pick a different work out routine. This new routine could potentially work new parts of your body, making it easier for you to knock off that last ten to fifteen pounds.
Once you have picked a new exercise routine, try exercising 15 minutes longer than normal, each time you work out. This will keep your heart rate up and burn more calories than doing the same workout routine for the same length every time you work out.
It is also highly encouraged that you add weight training to your workout. Cardio workouts are great at burning the calories and getting your heart rate up, however, weight training is good at shaping your body and adding muscular mass while decreasing the fat. If you decide to add weight training to your workout, add this at the very end of the work out and do some form of light cardio before to get your body warmed up.
If you have not seen any improvements after tweaking your workouts, take a look at your diet. Keeping a food journal is a long, tedious process, however, it will help you have a better control of your day-to-day calorie intake as well as know what foods you are eating the most of—which could be where your problem lies. Watch your sodium intake when trying to knock off the last ten to fifteen pounds. This is normally very unexpected by most, but the last ten to fifteen pounds could potentially be water weight. Watching your sodium intake will help knock this water weight off.
You have worked so hard to achieve your weight loss and fitness goals, and don’t let the last little bit of “vanity weight” get you down and keep you from achieving your goals. Try these few simple adjustments to your diet and exercise routine and shed those pounds. You are on the way to a happier and healthier you!
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