Why do those last five kilos seem to always be the most stubborn? Whatever the reason is, our bodies love to hang on to those few extra kilos.
Losing weight isn’t about how many children you have or what type of food you like to indulge in on the weekends. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that to lose weight you need to reduce the number of calories you consume and increase the number of calories you burn. Sounds easy, right? It’s not! Those last few pounds are much harder to lose because when you don’t have much to lose you need to work harder. The challenge many of us face is figuring how to do that and keep the weight off for good.
Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help you lose those last 5 kilos and maintain that success for years to come.
Tip No. 1: Eat Breakfast Every Day
Mornings can be chaotic. Getting everyone up and ready on time is a pretty impressive feat on its own, let alone trying to put together a nutritious breakfast to start the day. Eating breakfast may help you avoid getting too hungry and then overeating later in the day. Be sure to plan accordingly so you can fuel up on a balanced breakfast that includes plenty of protein. Some good options to keep you full until your midmorning snack or lunch include oatmeal and wholemeal toast topped with peanut butter. An IsaLean™ Shake or IsaLean™ Bar are also great choices especially when you need to eat your breakfast on the go.
Tip No. 2: Drink Plenty of Water
When you drink water it not only hydrates your body but also improves your digestive system and reduces your appetite. Many times, people think they are hungry when they are just thirsty. The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia recommends 2.1 L per day for women and 2.6 L per day for men. This will need to be increased during exercise and during warmer weather. We all know that water can get boring after a while. To mix it up consider adding AMPED™ Hydrate to your water bottle, it not only tastes great but also helps replenish nutrients lost during exercise.
Tip No. 3: Evaluate Your Exercise Regimen
Your physical activity level or style may be what’s preventing you from losing weight. Some of you may be working harder rather than smarter. Be sure to change up your exercise routine and don’t forget to take a break in between workouts and plan some rest days.
Tip No. 4: Snack Smartly
Eating snacks in between meals can help satisfy your appetite but choose your snacks wisely. Processed snacks, while convenient, are often filled with empty calories and excessive amounts of carbohydrates. Instead choose more nutritious options like whole fruits, fresh-cut veggies, low-fat Greek yogurt or a handful of almonds. When you’re short on time reach for a bag of Whey Thins™ or Harvest Thins™. These savoury, delicious protein-packed snacks are just 100 calories and guaranteed to satisfy cravings.
Tip No. 5: Stay Motivated
One of the biggest hurdles many people face when trying to lose weight is maintaining the momentum. Weekends are often the most challenging time because they are usually filled with birthday parties (cake!) and eating out with family and friends (pizza and sugary drinks!). It’s easy to derail from well-intended plans and veer off track. Surround yourself with people who will not only provide encouragement and support but also hold you accountable so that you can reach your goals. The IsaBody Challenge® is the perfect community to help keep you motivated and striving for your goals.
Finally, try not to be so hard on yourself. Some days you need to remind yourself that your body, while nowhere near perfect, is healthy and strong and that is something to celebrate.