Whether you’ve just lost a large amount of weight or only had a few pounds to lose in the first place, those last few stubborn pounds can be the hardest to get off. Often dubbed “vanity pounds,” this weight sticks around because your body senses that you need it for fat storage. Of course, your swimsuit says otherwise. Fortunately, there are ways to shed these pounds. Try the following tips to start with.
Cut Out Carbs
Carbohydrates are not your friend when it comes to losing weight. Not only do they not help you stay full for long periods of time, but they tend to make you even hungrier. By contrast, upping your protein intake will help you stay fuller longer and build more muscle mass. Cutting out carbs means avoiding cakes, breads, donuts, cookies, candies and other overly-processed snacks.
Change Up Your Exercise Routine
For those who do the same sort of exercise every week, it's important to change it up when trying to lose those last few stubborn pounds. Believe it or not, your body adapts to new exercise routines rather quickly. By changing your routine from Pilates to running or from basketball to strength training, for example, you'll immediately notice a difference in your overall fitness and weight loss goals.
Increase Your Water Intake
Counter-intuitively, drinking more water will help your body flush more water out. In addition, if you’re used to drinking sodas, juices, energy drinks and fancy coffees, replacing these beverages with water will reduce your overall calorie intake.
This doesn’t mean you can never drink again, but if you are used to going out for beers with friends every once in a while or having a glass of wine with dinner, stop these habits for now. Alcohol contains a lot of empty calories and doesn't add any nutritional value to your diet. It's only holding you back when it comes to losing those vanity pounds.
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