I don’t know about you but if you’re like me I can lose weight pretty easy until I get down to the last few pounds and then it seems impossible to lose the last 5. I have read a lot of stuff on the internet and books and here are 3 great tips that I found and seem to be working for me.
1. Workout at least 3-5 times a week using HIIT. I am not talking about going to the gym and checking out the guys but really working up a sweat. I used to walk on the treadmill for over an hour a day while watching my favorite TV show, and burned what I thought was a decent amount of calories. However I read a lot about high intensity interval training. In 2 weeks I lost 5 pounds when I hadn’t lost that much in a couple months and the best part is I only spend 1 hour at the gym now. 20-30 minutes of a walk/sprint combination and then 20-30 minutes of free weights.
2. Count your calories. I know there are a lot of diets out there but what I learned is that in order to lose 1 pound of fat you need to consume 3500 less calories than you consume and your body needs. I keep a food journal on livestrong.com and write down what I eat every meal and snack. I put in my weight at the beginning and how much I wanted to lose a week. I found out I could consume about 1200 net calories a day in order to lose 2 pounds a week safely.
3. Change eating habits. I know lots of people who go to the gym and then right after go eat ice cream. They think just because they worked out they can eat whatever they want. This of course isn’t true. I wouldn’t eat ice cream but I would eat more in the day because I thought well I am working out so it is fine. This year has been different. I now eat a green smoothie, with an added booster from superfooddiet.com for breakfast, a light lunch, and light dinner, with snacks of almonds and other whole foods. I am trying to cut out processed foods. Not only to help lose weight but to feel better and only put good things into my body.
I realized just doing one or two of these things weren’t working but the combination of the 3 has worked wonders. I still want to get a bit more toned but who doesn’t but at least I did get over the hump and started back on the weight loss path.