Congratulations! You should be proud of all the hard work and dedication you’ve put into becoming a better you. But there comes a time when eating right and working out just doesn’t get you past the last 5 pounds you want to lose! How frustrating is that! It’s called the “In the Meantime” phase of your journey. I personally can attest to this. After having my son Justin, the weight came off, but I got to a place where I just couldn’t get to the pre-baby weight. So what did I do? I followed these 5 Tips:
- Look at your diet: Have you changed the caloric intake, increased alcohol consumption or skipped meals? The best way to get back on track is to recalculate the number of total calories needed per day to lose one pound of weight per week. Once you’ve figured that out, reorganize your meal plan by eating 6 small meals a day high in lean proteins and vegetables. Next, remember to hydrate with at least 64 ounces of water a day. Replacing all sugary drinks and soda with water will make a big difference in your midsection. Experiment and find out what works for you.
- Change up your workout: If you haven’t been doing so, HIIT workouts (High-Intensity Interval Training) burn more calories and fat than traditional cardio workouts. According to musclemedia.com, HIIT has been shown to burn adipose tissue (fat) more effectively than low-intensity exercise up to 50% more efficiently. It has also been shown to speed up your metabolism which helps burn more calories throughout the day. Try doing HIIT workouts at least 3 days a week in addition to your current workout regimen.
- Lift Weights: Do a full body resistance routine at least twice, preferably three times a week. Alternately, some people prefer to follow a body part split routine, which is effective as well, but I’ve found to be a little more time-consuming. It really is up to you what you prefer. Both styles will give you good results.
- Sleep: With our busy lifestyles and lack of time for anything, most of us get less than the recommended 7.5 hours of sleep per day. According to Susan Zafarlotfi, Ph.D., clinical director of the Institute for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, sleep deprivation, and low energy can lead to poor food choices. The immediate result? Unwanted pounds as poor food choices and lack of exercise set the stage for obesity and further sleep loss. GET YOUR SLEEP!
- Stay Motivated: It’s easier said than done, but positive thoughts and energy are important to get you over the hump. I posted pre-baby pictures on my mirror in the bathroom so that every morning, I was reminded of the ultimate goal. Do fun activities that relax you and put you in a happy mood. Surround yourself with positive people. And lastly, remember that you WILL ultimately meet your goal. It may take a month or two later than you expected but you will get there.