5 Habits That Are Keeping You From Losing Those Last 10 Pounds

Nothing’s easy when it comes to weight loss. But dropping those last 10 pounds can be extra difficult.

Why is that? “As you lose weight, and especially if you’ve lost a significant amount, your metabolism slows down,” says Dana Hunnes, PhD, RD, an adjunct assistant professor and senior dietician at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.

As you probably know, “metabolism” is expert shorthand for the energy—or calories—your body burns during the day. The more your metabolism slows, the harder it will be for you to keep shedding weight.

Why does your metabolism downshift? Dieting deprives your body of energy it’s accustomed to getting, says Bahram Arjmandi, PhD, a professor of nutrition at Florida State University. Sensing that your calorie intake has dropped, your body may slip into a kind of energy conservation mode, he says. That explains why those first 10 pounds fell off in jiff, but the last 10 have proved stickier.

You can counteract the roadblocks your body and metabolism throw up between you and your target weight by changing these habits.

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Lose 30 Pounds in 3 Months

Making a big change doesn’t take as long as you might think

Three months before my wedding, I had a realization: I don’t want to be a fat groom. After all, a cummerbund can only help so much. And besides, what kind of man would marry a beautiful woman knowing he’s going to die young?

That’s not hyperbole. My 5’9” frame tipped the scales at 231 pounds, easily qualifying me as obese—a designation that advanced my biological age of 26 by 2 decades, according to a UCLA study.

More disturbing, a blood test showed that I was on the verge of diabetes, despite having no obvious symptoms (other than a bulging belly). For the first time, being fat felt irresponsible.

But dramatic change doesn’t take as long as you might think. In 12 weeks, I lost 33 pounds and whittled 5 inches off my waist—just in time for our big day. And, even better, my latest blood work came back nearly normal. How’d I do it? Keep reading.

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9 Proven Ways To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat

And 1 really good reason why ignoring it is no longer an option

Flat abs made easier

Belly fat is maligned for its way of tampering with any outfit that doesn’t involve a muumuu, but really there’s something way worse about the stuff: When white fat expands in your abdomen, nestling deep among your organs, it sets you up for some serious health trouble. We now know that this type of fat, called visceral fat, churns out stress hormones like cortisol and inflammatory substances called cytokines that affect the body’s production of insulin. The result: It’s worse than just being generally overweight; you’re looking at increased risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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6 Secrets to Losing Weight

A delicious way to slim down.

We’re living in a world where a cup of coffee—albeit a fancy one—can cost you 450 calories. A world where football-size burritos—that pack 1,000 calories—are the norm. Where even home-cooked meals can balloon out of control. A report in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that the average number of calories per serving in recipes found in The Joy of Cooking jumped from 268 to 437 in the past 70 years, in part due to bigger portions. Is it even possible to lose weight in this modern society? Yes. Here are 6 secrets to help you.

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8 Detox Smoothie Recipes for a Fast Weight Loss Cleanse

I love a good detox smoothie. I’ve been drinking these delicious, healthy smoothies for years and still have them at least 3-4 times a week.

If I’m feeling bloated and need a natural detox cleanse, I’ll replace 1 to 2 meals a day with detox smoothies and more often than not, I can really lose weight fast.

Also called weight loss smoothies or green smoothies, detox smoothies are easy to make and taste delicious – especially when you find ingredients you especially like.

If you need to lose up 5-10 pounds quickly, I encourage you to try a 3 day smoothie cleanse and see how effective detox smoothies for weight loss can be.

Special Tip: Detox smoothies are a powerful weight loss tool that you can (and should) use every day.

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How to Lose Weight Fast: 10 Tips to Burn Fat Quickly

Here are my top 10 recommendations for how to lose weight fast:

1. Drink your water!

Increasing your water intake is both the simplest way to make a big change today, and also the most important step in weight loss! So, go get yourself a glass of water and start drinking right now… I’ll wait here while you get it.

Water naturally increases your metabolism, fills you up and flushes toxins. Make a goal of drinking a gallon of water a day, this will ensure your metabolism keeps rising, your belly stays full and you rid your body of all those toxins from food and life that can hinder weight loss efforts.

If you do not enjoy the flavor of water I recommend trying some of my metabolism boosting detox water recipes, they are delicious and are key to rapid weight loss!

Just be sure not to add flavor packets full of fake sugars and chemicals to your water, those will only hurt your weight loss and add pounds instead of remove them.

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20 Effective Tips to Lose Belly Fat (Backed by Science)

Belly fat is more than just a nuisance that makes your clothes feel tight.

Fat inside the belly area is also termed visceral fat, and it is seriously harmful.

This type of fat is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, to name a few .

Many health organizations use BMI (body mass index) to classify weight and predict the risk of metabolic disease. However, this is misleading.

People with excess belly fat are at an increased risk, even if they look thin on the outside .

Although losing fat from this area can be difficult, there are several things you can do to reduce excess abdominal fat.

Here are 20 effective tips to lose belly fat, backed by scientific studies.

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44 Ways to Lose 4 Inches of Body Fat

Fat: It’s the stuff that gives ice cream its creaminess, pizza its dreaminess, and Nicki Minaj her twerkiness. In the right places and in the right amounts, fat is the stuff that makes life worth living.

But when your curves start crashing over the bulwark of your beltline, it’s time to start thinking seriously about reducing body fat. Not losing weight per se, but burning off the soft, jiggly stuff and replacing it with firm, lean muscle. Too much fat isn’t just an aesthetic issue, it’s a health issue: belly fat in particular is linked to everything from heart disease and diabetes to liver failure, depression and dementia.

So to help you be less large and more in charge, the team at Eat This, Not That! surveyed some of the most sought-after fitness, nutrition and health experts in America to find out what’s happening on the cutting edge of weight loss.

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29 Weight Loss Tips From Women Who Have Lost 100 Pounds

It’s hard work to lose weight, for sure. Sometimes you need a little inspiration. Get it from these women have each lost almost 100 pounds — or much, much more:

Shanna Fichera, 28, from Camarillo, California

1. Start small. “I began walking or jogging for 15 minutes a day. I worked up to 30 minutes, and then increased it again. It was a very gradual process.”

2. Don’t give up when your weight loss plateaus. “I remember hitting the first plateau and feeling so defeated, but you have to push through and keep putting in the effort for your plan to work. You can’t get discouraged.”

3. Be realistic about which habits need to go. “When I was heavy, I’d eat French fries every single day, plus carbs at almost every meal — like a sandwich for lunch or bread with pasta for dinner. A diet so heavy in fried food and carbs just isn’t conducive to weight loss. To lose the weight, I went from three large meals a day to six small meals, mostly made of fresh vegetable salads with lean meats and nuts. And no more bread!”

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An Easy 6-Day Plan To Lose 10 Pounds

Get the motivation you need to slim down and stick with it.

If you could design your dream diet, what would it include? Lots of variety so meals and snacks never get boring? Plenty of treats? A day to cheat a little? Well, we hear you—and we’ve worked all that into our program. Follow this easy plan for a month and enjoy real food (not just rice cakes and cottage cheese), your favorite treats, even a glass of wine. The keys: smaller portions, more protein and healthier carbs. Just mix and match one breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two treats for six days of the week. Then, on day seven, indulge with a cheat day.

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