The weeks leading up to this moment weren’t easy, but here comes the real challenge: losing the last five pounds. The last five pounds are the hardest, and it’s all the more imperative for you to take it slow so you don’t tire yourself out and inadvertently lead to a poor lifestyle. Here are some tips to help you achieve your goals!
Adjusting your Diet
Now in the final weeks of losing your last 5 pounds of weight, what you want to do is to minimize as many carbs as you can, all while making sure you’re full and motivated throughout the day. The trick here is to switch to food that have lower carbs but higher fiber. Eat a lot of cauliflower, broccoli and oats, but try to limit the amount of dressing and seasoning you put on your food while at it.
Subsequently, you want to maximize on low-calorie food that packs a whole lot of volume. This includes food such as shirataki noodles as opposed to white rice and such. The key here is also to ingest as much protein instead of carbs so that you can hit your daily macronutrient intake while keeping your stomach satisfied.
Changing Your Workout
Next up, it’s time to alternate your workout. If you’re hitting the gym, you have to change your routine. If you’re running, you have to change it to another form of cardio. Simple as that. When you’re cutting, your body tends to adapt to the exercise, and you’ll find yourself consistently getting weaker at it. Force your muscles to adapt to a different weight and rep scheme in order to trigger the muscles to adapt to a new movement. This will help maintain your muscles as you lose fat.
Finally, you want to really bring out that high-intensity interval training to replace your cardio if you haven’t been doing it already. The first drop in weight was easy because there was water weight involved, and your body was adjusting. The last five pounds that you are aiming to shed should ideally be in the form of fat and only through HIIT will you be able to effectively get rid of it.
That’s it, simple as it is. Combine these three tips the next time you plan to diet down and you’ll be well equipped to take on the arduous task of losing those last five pounds!