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5 Tips to lose 5 Lbs

Are you on those last 5 lbs? The last few pounds can be the most stubborn pounds and the hardest to lose. Here are some small lifestyle changes you can make to reach your goal weight:-)

1. Ask for dressing and sauces on the side.

When you go to a restaurant, they can really over do it with the toppings, salad dressings, and sauces. Always ask for it on the side so you can control how much you are consuming.

2. Switch up your workout routine.

Once you get into a routine, your body gets used to the exercises you are doing. This can cause your weight loss to plateau. When this happens, it means it’s time for you to switch up your workout routine. Instead of running for an hour on the treadmill every day at a constant pace, do interval training for 30 minutes, alternating between sprints and jogs each minute. Or, try walking at an incline or doing rolling hills on the bike or elliptical. Mix cardio with weights. When you constantly change your workout routine, your body doesn’t have a chance to get used to it, so it’ll constantly have to adapt and your body will continue to change.

3. Read the nutrition label!

One would think this would be self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who just assume a package contains a single serving size. Always read the label, so you know how much you should be eating and try to honor the suggested serving size.

4. Keep a food journal.

Now that you know how much you should be eating, keep track of it. I like to use www.LoseIt.com and the app on my phone. Sparkpeople and MyFitnessPal are also good sites/apps for tracking food and exercise. Find the one that works best for you and log EVERYTHING you consume and every workout you do. It will hold you accountable and keep you mindful of how much and what you’re eating.

5. Drink more water.

Do you drink a lot of pop or juice? 8 oz of pop can be 150 calories! That’s the same amount of calories as a snack. Try not to drink your calories, by drinking water instead. Water has no calories, it keeps you hydrated, and rids your body of toxins. You need water to live, so drink more water and stay away from sugary, high calorie drinks.

 

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