Losing the Last 5 Kilos
When you are in the right head space and you decide to lose weight, even though it’s tough, it’s much easier than trying to lose the last 5 kilos. There are a few reasons for this and this is what we can we do about it
1. Calorie Deficit
To lose weight we must create a calorie deficiency. Energy in and energy out. When you start your program the body goes into shock mode and due to the changes you make, the weight starts coming off. After some time, this becomes harder to achieve.
Some say a lack of willpower stops you. I don’t think there is such a thing. I believe you need to have a strategy or plan in place when you lack the discipline. Such as if you crave chocolate, clean your teeth, have a bath, go for a walk or call a friend – seriously! If you know what you can do to stop yourself making bad decisions, it gives you the control you need to be more successful.
3.Distracting external forces
People I know who have started their weight loss journey have reached a certain point and those within their inner circle can gently or not so gently, start to sabotage your progress. You may start hearing phrases such as “you don’t need to lose any more weight” etc. Come out and have a drink with me… or shout them junk food…
These people may be suffering from one or more of the following:
Vague discomfort that you are “changing”,
Well-meaning concern you are making yourself miserable,
Warped perception of what is normal, or
Your success may reflect on them.
Perhaps spending less time with such people for now would be a good choice. You don’ty have to shut them out, just make sure you’re spending time with positive influences to help you stay on track. If that’s too hard, aim to arrange an activity around seeing them and get them involved in your success.
What can we do about it?
We need to shock the body again and take it up a notch. We can do that with food and exercise. You can perform more intense exercises or include another session in your week. You can mix up cardio and strength training.
Again we need to mix it up. You could adopt the 5.2 diet for a few days a week or replace a meal with a juice. It could be having bigger meals at breakfast or lunch instead of dinner. It could be replacing foods with a healthier option or simply cutting down the size of one meal per week more than you have. Baby steps take you on big journeys and it’s no different with changing your diet.
If you are finding it difficult to lose the last 5 kilos and would like a no obligation chat, please contact me, Cathy@mumsthewordfitness.com.au