Did you know that once your body develops fat cells, it can’t get rid of them? They can empty out – deflate – but they never go away. That’s why it’s so hard to lose the last ten pounds; once you’ve created the fat cells, you’re stuck with them and they tend to fill up again. The good news is that, despite those ever-present fat cells, plenty of women have successfully lost the last ten pounds. And, even better, with the right solutions, you can too.
1. Focus On Cardio
Different types of exercise offer different benefits, but if you’re trying to lose that last little bit of weight, it’s best to do more intense cardio. There are several reasons for this, but the main one is that by increasing the intensity, you can drive up your metabolic rate, which will help you burn calories more efficiently.
The other advantage of cardio compared to strength training is that muscle weighs more than fat, so if you’re focused on numbers, you’re not going to see results by pumping iron.
2. Consider CoolSculpting
While your body won’t naturally eliminate fat cells, there are some procedures that can help you ditch those pesky cells. The best known of these are surgical procedures like tummy tucks and liposuction, but for someone trying to lose the last ten pounds, those are unnecessarily invasive. No, if you’re that close to your goal weight, you might be a good candidate for CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure designed to tone and sculpt different parts of the body, including the stomach, hips, thighs, and chin, using a combination of freezing and radio treatments. Because the freezing process kills the fat cells, the body naturally flushes them out.
It’s not a good treatment for those who still need to lose a lot of weight, but for patients who’ve done the work, this can leave you looking slim and toned with just a few treatments.
3. Mind Your Sips
We’ve all heard the warnings about drinking our calories, and by the time you’re nearing your goal weight, you’ve surely internalized this. Still, there are likely at least a few unnecessary calories slipping in, whether as coffee creamer, sugary juice products, or sports drinks. Focus on drinking more water. Almost all of us function at some level of dehydration, and with summer around the corner, you can’t get too much water.
4. Reassess Your Goal
There are a lot of ways to lose weight, but sometimes the answer isn’t to push through the last few pounds. Instead, you may want to focus on toning and building muscle, which can even add pounds.
The best way to determine how important losing the additional weight is: taking a step back from the scale and thinking about what your big picture goals are. Do you want your clothes to fit better? Do you want to have more stamina? Often you can reach your goals through means other than additional weight loss.
It’s possible to lose the last ten pounds, even if it is difficult, but you shouldn’t let it control everything you do. “Find a solution that lets you live your life.”
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