People often find that after losing success at first, weight loss slows down once they start in on the last few pounds. After months of caloric restriction, your body has adapted to make sure you don’t starve.
Fortunately, there are many ways to get your body back into weight loss mode and break through any plateau.
Read on to lose those last 10 pounds.
Practical ways to lose those last ten pounds
Below are ten ways to get your weight loss back on track to keep it moving forward. If you apply these unconventional tips, you’ll be able to slip back into your skinny jeans in no time!
1. eat 100% clean
Although you’ve probably been paying attention to your diet, now is the time to be conscious of what you’re eating. If you’re having a cheat day, it’s a good idea to skip it for a while.
Don’t eat “diet” foods. When foods are advertised as “diet,” it basically means that fats and sugars have been replaced with chemicals.
Don’t eat processed foods at all. A “processed” food is any food that has been altered from its natural state.
Be sure to eat only fresh organic fruits, vegetables, lean meats, grains and dairy.
2. quit the gym
Even if you go to the gym regularly, that one hour of activity may not be enough. If you lead a mostly sedentary lifestyle, incorporating more exercise into your daily routine can help you break through your plateau and lose those last ten pounds.
Make it a habit to stand as much as is comfortable for you. Take the stairs whenever possible and pull into the parking stall at the end of the parking lot. Make every step count.
3. Supplement with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is the most weight loss friendly fat available.
It is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which are metabolized differently than long-chain fatty acids. The majority of fats are made up of long chain fatty acids.
Coconut oil is thermogenic, which means that consuming coconut oil will help you burn more energy.
Consuming 1 to 2 tablespoons of medium chain fats per day can increase your energy expenditure by 5%. That works out to about 120 calories per day.
Many people have reported breaking their weight loss plateau simply by adding coconut oil to their diet.
4. take apple cider vinegar
The main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar (ACV) is acetic acid, which gives ACV its characteristic sour taste.
One tablespoon has only about three calories.
Taking ACV daily can help suppress appetite and increase metabolism. It also has a lot of other health benefits, making it an excellent choice to help you shed those last ten pounds.
5. drink green tea
You can drink green tea or take an extract that is much more formulated. It is the healthiest drink available on the planet, full of antioxidants called catechins.
The strongest of them is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate).
EGCG helps remove fat from the abdominal area and increase metabolism.
Green tea has more than 200 other health benefits, including reducing high blood pressure and bad cholesterol in the bloodstream.
6. take detox baths
Another method to get rid of the last ten pounds is to take detox baths. They are helpful in ridding the body of excess toxins that can lead to weight gain.
Make sure to use hot water for your bath and add about half a cup of Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt. Baking soda is also a great addition to any detox bath as it helps regulate pH levels.
Add two to three teaspoons of dried ginger to really make the bath sweat.
Another great benefit of detox baths is that they reduce the appearance of unsightly cellulite.
7. refrain from alcohol
When it comes to losing those last ten pounds, alcohol has to go. It is nothing but empty calories.
Alcohol slows down your metabolism. Heavy or long-term alcohol consumption can damage it permanently.
A mixed drink of juice or soda can have up to 300 calories. Add a second one, and you’ve already reached nearly half of your daily calorie needs.
When alcohol is broken down in our bodies, it becomes acetate, a vinegar-like substance. The acetate is then used as the primary energy source.
So instead of burning carbohydrates, protein or fat, your body uses acetate for energy. When you burn acetate, you don’t burn anything else.
Anything left over becomes fat and ends up back on your butt.
8. try intermittent fasting
When we don’t eat, the body adjusts and begins to use stored energy. During a fasting period, several hormonal changes occur in our body.
First, insulin levels drop dramatically. Lower insulin levels lead to increased fat burning.
Second, the body experiences increased levels of HGH or human growth hormone. Human Growth Hormone is excellent for weight loss. It also promotes muscle building.
Finally, the body experiences higher levels of norepinephrine as the nervous system sends it into the fat cells where it becomes free fatty acids that can now be burned for energy.
Many people report excellent results from intermittent fasting.
9. give up meat
Plant foods are naturally lower in calories and higher in nutrients and fiber than meat.
In a recent study, over 1000 people were followed for 18 weeks. Participants who ate a vegetarian diet lost significantly more weight than those who ate a vegetarian diet.
If you’re not quite ready to give up meat completely, try replacing three meals a week with vegetarian food. For more information on the many benefits of a plant-based diet, click here.
10. drink more water
Drinking water can help you break through your plateau and lose those last ten pounds. Nutritionists everywhere recommend following the 8×8 rule, which means drinking at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Drinking more water replaces sugary drinks and helps you lose weight. It also helps flush out toxins and keep your body from retaining water.