The Last Five Pounds – How to Take Them Off and Keep Them Off

Plateau: Merriam Webster describes it as a usually extensive land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land on at least one side. That quite accurately describes what has happened to you lately. With months of great results behind you, all of the sudden nothing is happening anymore. You can’t seem to shake those last five pounds!

The first 15 came off quickly, the inches shrunk away and you’ve been going strong; until now. The uphill battle has really begun!

The final fateful five pounds, how do you get them off? Those last few lines on the scale just won’t seem to move, so what went wrong? Here are some tips to get your feet, as well as your scale moving in the right direction.

Goal Setting:

Reassess the goals that you set for yourself when you first ventured on this road to fitness. Have things changed dramatically since you began? What new goals do you need to set for yourself at this point to get the results that you really want?

Intensity:

How hard are you really working out? If you are able to read a book while you’re doing your cardio, it’s probably time to set the book down and crank up the pace on the treadmill. Are you increasing your heart rate to your target zone each and every time you work out? Are you even breaking a sweat? The ability to push yourself past your comfort zone is integral when it comes to weight loss, especially if you’ve reached a plateau.

Diet:

What are you eating these days? Have you started to slack off in the fruits and vegetables department? Take a look at some of the caloric values as well as fat percentages per serving on some of your favourite snack foods. Also, try keeping a food journal for a week and re-evaluate some of your food choices.

Motivation:

What’s motivating you to take off those last five pounds? Keep your motivation close at hand throughout your day to remind you what you want to achieve. Maybe you have a picture of how you looked before the baby or a pair of jeans that you’re dying to wear. Keep those items close by as a constant reminder to keep reaching for your goals.

Consistency:

Are you being consistent with both your workouts and your diet? Yo-yo dieting or training are not going to get you the results you’re looking for. Training for 2 hours at a high intensity one day per week is just not going to cut it. Try to set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Eat at the same time of day every day and work out at appointed times at least 4 days per week.

With these tips to guide you, you should be able to foible the fateful five that are lingering. Tip the scales in your favour by setting goals to exercise with enough intensity, eat healthfully, get motivated, and stay consistent.

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