How to Drop those Last 10 Pounds

Weight loss is never easy! Sure, there are always the lucky people who find some strange solution that helps them drop pounds easily, but it doesn't work for long. In the end, it all comes down to hard work, persistence, and smart lifestyle changes. If you want to know how to drop those last 10 pounds, here are some tips to help you do it right:

Be Accountable

If you have no accountability, it's easy to over-eat, under-exercise, and let your health slip. But if you're accountable--to yourself or someone else--you have no choice but to do the right thing. It's easier to keep your goal of getting in shape at the front of your mind if you're working on a deadline. Set a time limit for losing those 10 pounds. In the end, you'll be much more likely to reach your goal if you know you only have a few days/weeks/months left!

Work with a Trainer

You have no idea how much easier it is to push yourself to your limits if you have someone there to make sure you do it! Working with a trainer is absolutely worth any additional costs, especially if your goal is to see serious progress. A trainer will help you to improve your form, hit each exercise hard, and go beyond what you think capable. In the end, working with a trainer can make all the difference in the world!

Give Yourself a Break

That doesn't mean skip your exercise or cheat on your diet, but it means take it easy on yourself if you fail, slip, or cheat. The human body is designed to GAIN weight, not lose it. You're doing something unnatural by shedding those pounds, so it's going to take a lot of hard work. Everyone falls and fails; what matters is that you don't let those small failures affect your performance the next day, and the next, and the next.

Quit Drinking

Easier said than done, right? The truth is that alcohol will slow your metabolism and add unnecessary calories to your diet. If you're serious about weight loss, it's time to eliminate booze from your diet. At the very least, cut it WAY back--no more than a drink or two every week.

Focus on Body Fat

Sure, you may see progress in the scale, but how accurate is that progress? Are you truly losing weight, or is it just water weight? And what happens if you don't see any improvements in your body weight? Just because you're not losing weight, that doesn't mean you're not getting rid of fat. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat, so packing on the pounds of muscle may actually cause you to GAIN weight. In the end, it's better to measure your progress according to your body fat percentage. It's a much more accurate metric!

Eat to Live, Don't Live to Eat

There's no two ways about it: food is delicious and enjoyable! But if you're only eating because the food tastes good, you'll end up focusing on the wrong part of the food. You should be eating in order to fuel your body, not to satisfy your tastebuds. Your meals should be balanced and provide the right amount of nutrients (fat, protein, carbs, etc.) that your body needs to keep going. You can still make enjoyable, tasty food, but you should focus more on quality than flavor.

Limit Carbs

This is one of the hardest changes to make, and yet one of the best. Carbs are usually low in nutrition but high in calories, and they're more likely to cause cravings than other foods. Limit your carb intake every day, and you'll start seeing results sooner.

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