The pain and struggle of losing (and keeping off) those last five kilos is real. For many of us, it seems like it will just never happen, even if everyone else tells us that ANYTHING is possible with the right mindset!
If you’ve noticed your motivation and patience dwindling as the weight gets harder to shake, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together the best (and worst) ways to lose the last five kilos so you can figure out what you need to get back on track.
1. Vary your routine
Your body can build up resistance to particular ways of exercising and reduce the effectiveness of your exercise habits on your weight loss goals. To combat this, your fitness regimen should change every three to six weeks. It could be an increase of reps, tempo, weight or intensity, or you could mix it up by trialling a new class or a more intense running route.
2. Celebrate your wins along the way and treat yourself
While you may have one big weight loss goal, it’s a good idea to set little goals along the way and make sure you’re being realistic about how you’ll progress and stay motivated.
You’re more likely to stay on track if you allow yourself a day off from exercise or healthy dieting once in a while. You can also seek out extra programs or treatments that could help you maintain your confidence. For example, the Lipomassage by Endermologie, which is available at Ella Bache Carindale and Ella Bache Myer Centre salons, is a 100 per cent natural slimming technique that can help you lose the last five kilos. It works by reactivating stubborn fat releases and collagen production to break down fat deposits, drain and smooth cellulite and create a firmer, tighter figure.
3. Lift more weights
Two big misconceptions in fitness are that cardio can be the ultimate road to weight loss and that lifting weights will make you bulky and over-muscly. What most people don’t realise is that, just as keeping a varied routine is beneficial, incorporating weights into your fitness routine is incredibly important
Lifting weights can increase hormone levels in the body, which allows the fat-burning process to continue 24 hours after the workout. Also, the more muscle you have, the more your metabolism is increased. You can go straight to the weight bars or start by using kettlebells, ropes or even your own body weight.
4. Stay organised
Planning ahead can be the key to weight loss success. Think about planning your meals ahead of time to avoid the takeaway run or setting particular times for exercise that are non-negotiable. If something unavoidable does come up, you should work out how to make up for the missed activity as soon as possible. Keeping and maintaining a detailed plan ensures your efforts won’t easily become derailed.
5. Be aware of your body
You need to know what your health and fitness journey is doing to your body. Many people who are trying to lose the last five kilos find that they’re constantly fatigued, bloated, have joint pain or have inflammation in the body. Seeing a doctor can help you amend these ailments, but drinking more water and cutting out processed foods is a great start.
6. Get plenty of sleep
Lack of sleep can reduce the body’s metabolic rates. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep (and sleeping WELL) so you’re not reducing the effectiveness of your workouts.
1. Neglecting a healthy diet
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Which means – sorry, guys! – that going for a run after you’ve eaten a whole pizza three days in a row probably isn’t going to cut it. You need to be balancing your new fitness habits with a healthy diet that complements your training efforts.
2. Stressing too much
If you’re putting too much pressure on the outcomes of your fitness routine or something else in your life is stressing you out, it may throw off your body’s natural hormone rhythms and in turn reduce the ability to burn fat.
3. Doing it alone
Tell people about your health and fitness journey and ask for support or a fitness buddy. Doing anything alone can be hard, so make sure you’ve got everything you need to stay motivated towards reaching your health, fitness and weight loss goals.
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