After shedding excess pounds and slimming down, it feels great to be near to your ideal weight goal. Many people find, though, that those last 10 pounds seem impossible to lose. Even those that manage to shed the last 10 often tend to gain them back.
Why are those 10 so hard to lose?
Body weight is not an exact equation. Crossing the threshold from overweight to a healthy weight is a great choice. However, a “healthy weight” does not leave you lean and thin. To shed the last 10 pounds means that you have to be more than healthy. You have to be fit.
The best way to lose those last ten pounds is to shift your perspective from weight loss to fitness. Use these tips to make it happen:
Tip #1: Choose a Harder Workout
Lifting is essential for weight loss. Light weights are sufficient to help you cut down on excess pounds. To knock off those last 10 and get fit, though, you will need to step up your exercise intensity. Instead of performing many repetitions with light weights, use heavier weights. Perform fewer reps and move more slowly. This will build and tone your muscle, cutting back on less-noticeable fats.
Tip #2: Eat for Fitness, Not Weight Loss
To eat like an athlete, you need more protein and vitamins. Eat more lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. You will also need some whole grain carbs for energy. Worry less about counting carbs at this point and focus more on supplying your body with energy to burn off and nutrients that build lean muscle.
Word of Warning
In the process of losing the last 10 pounds, you will gain a few pounds first. That is part of gaining muscle. As you gain muscle, though, you lose fat. Over time, those muscles are toned and the remaining extra weight is shed naturally as your body improves its metabolic efficiency.
Remember, your ideal body weight is not a perfect equation. Simple dieting and exercise may not be enough to reach your goal. However, once you start focusing on your overall health and level of fitness using these tips, shedding those last 10 pounds will come almost naturally.