Losing weight can be a long and tiring process and people tend to stop working on it as soon as they see the first few pounds go away. On the other hand, if you get past that and continue what you have started, as the days go by, you will get closer to your goal weight. Which brings us to another problem that many people had to face – losing the last 10 pounds. That last 10 pounds are one of the biggest challenges that people who strive to be fit and healthy have to overcome.
If you need some tips on how to lose that last 10 pounds, we have prepared some advices that should help you achieve your goal weight:
Don’t focus only on cardio
In the beginning, cardio exercises are great to get you started, but after some while they are simply not effective as much as you want to. Instead of doing regular cardio exercise on the bicycle, treadmill or elliptical – you can use the same machines to do HIIT (high intensity interval training). HIIT exercises are around nine times more effective, especially when it comes to burning fat.
In order to effectively lose weight, you should consider adding weightlifting to your routine. Most of the fitness trainers strongly believe that lifting weights is much more important for you than cardio. If you have never lifted weights before, it would be the best to start with smaller weights and as you progress, you should use bigger, heavier weights.
Drink more water
Did you know that even slight dehydration slows your metabolism down for around 3 percent? This is just one of the many reasons to drink lots of water every day. Actually, experts say that it is quite easy to determine how much water does your body needs every day – just drink half of your body weight in ounces every day (for example, a 160 pound woman should drink 80 ounces). People who lose the most weight are those who are drinking large amounts of water every day.
Eat more vegetables
All vegetables are good for your body and there are many reasons why you should eat a lot every day – for example, eating lots of vegetables leaves less room for junk food. Furthermore, eating lots of veggies means low calorie intake, but you should feel full anyway.
Get enough sleep
Believe it or not, sleep is one of the crucial parts of weight loss – you are not only relaxing your brain, but you also relax your muscles. Sleep prepares your body for the next day, while recovering from the previous day.
Eat less salt
Did you know that salts can make you bloat? That is the main reason why you should use it less while cooking and also you should use less processed foods, because these foods are filled with salt, especially prepackaged foods, pre-made Asian foods and canned soups. Asian dishes are particularly difficult on our stomachs – because they used lots of soy sauce and salt.