Lose Five Pounds Meet Your Weight Loss Goal And Become Your Goal Weight

If you are only five pounds away from your goal weight, you’re obviously doing something right. Most likely, you are watching your calories and getting regular exercise. Those last five pounds, however, can be stubborn. Keep the following tips in mind to lose five pounds and finally hit your weight loss goal.

  1. Ask yourself if you really need to lose those additional five pounds. Maintaining the weight you’ve already lost is more important than focusing on losing weight just to hit an idealized goal weight number.
  2. Go for a walk during your lunch hour. An extra 30 minutes of walking three to five days a week will burn additional calories and help push you past your weight loss plateau.
  3. If your job requires you to sit at a desk for most of the day, make a point to stand up more often. Walk over to your coworker’s desk instead of sending an email. Better yet, consider getting an office workstation that allows you to work on your computer while you stand.
  4. Increase the intensity of your usual workout without increasing the time. Running at a faster pace burns more calories than running at a slower pace for the same duration. You’ll be losing weight without putting in any extra exercising time.
  5. Try to cut an additional 100 to 200 calories from your daily diet. You are less likely to feel hungry if the calories you eliminate are in the form of sugar. Sugar is your weight loss goal enemy.
  6. When you drive to work or to the mall, make a habit of parking in the far corner of the parking lot. Those extra steps you’ll be forced to take can add up and help you lose those last five pounds.

References

Mayo Clinic. (2010). Getting past a weight-loss plateau. Retrieved June 15, 2011, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss-plateau/MY01152

Mayo Clinic. (2009). Office exercise: How to burn calories at work. Retrieved June 15, 2011, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/office-exercise/SM00115