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Tricks To Lose Those Last 10 lbs.

Dear Sugar
I have been working very hard to lose weight, but I can't seem to lose these last 10lbs. I've been exercising and eating right for a while now, but nothing seems to be happening. Is there something I should be doing that I'm not aware of? I am about ready to give up and I could really use any pointers you've got. 10 More Moira

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Dear 10 More Moira
Don't give up - you've come this far! Losing weight is no small or simple task. It takes dedication and lots of hard work. You should be proud of however far you've come to improve yourself. I've got a couple of tips for you to incorporate into your everyday life. These things will become second nature before you know it and hopefully they will help you cross this finish line and reach your goal weight!

  • Weigh yourself at the same time everyday for the first week and then once a week thereafter. Also use the same scale each time. Weigh in preferably the first thing in the morning after you've used the bathroom. Skip the week when you are experiencing bloating due to PMS or menstrual water retention; you won't get an accurate reading.
  • Record your progress. Actually make a graph at the end of each week that compares your weight since you began. It has been said that if you see visually pleasing results (watching your weight go down) that you will be more likely to want to continue.
  • Keep a log of everything that you eat -and don't cheat. I am telling you that this really has a profound impact on what you decide to snack on. Reading about 1 cupcake, 2 handfuls of chips, 20 M&M's etc... makes you realize why you aren't losing any weight.
  • Take measurements of yourself. Use the inches side of a tape measure and note of the sizes of your waist, upper arms, hips, bust, and upper thigh. You will be pleased to see yourself shrinking (and you will notice where and why your clothing is looser).
  • Walk everywhere. Adding some more walking to your usual day to day routine will burn more calories than you think and staying mobile active and will also help your metabolism
  • Understand that it's going to take several weeks to see changes, so be patient. Good luck.

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karmasabitch karmasabitch 10 years
OMG yayita... hahaha neither do I! I refuse to get on a scale.. I don't think I have since high school. You can tell if you're healthy and your clothes fit without one, so why bother with the added stress of numbers?!
yayita yayita 10 years
Karma, I hate scales!! I get depressed getting on them and looking. Whenever I go to the doctors office I never let them tell me how much I weight
SailorMarie SailorMarie 10 years
mj, I have to agree with you here, spinning will do the trick in a completely kicks your ass, but you will feel fabulous later... After the sore muscles
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
yep..drink LOTS of water, eat watermelon or any kind of melon for lunch....salad for'll shed off!
heatherp heatherp 10 years
muscle weighs 3 times as much as fat. that can be part of it. a lso try to drink tons more water - it will fill you up.
karmasabitch karmasabitch 10 years
I'm a big fan of not using a scale.. I can see why people use scales and know its necessary for some, but personally I think it causes more harm than good. Weight fluctuates constantly and I don't like the idea of stressing one or two pounds.. or more depending on your situation. You can tell when youre feeling good from healthy eating and exercise, and if your clothes fit that's good enough for me :D Someone else pointed this out already, but cross training is a great way to take off the last 10 lbs. I'm constantly trying new things but right now I'm on yoga (love it!) and biking, plus I always walk a lot (living in Europe will force you to, thank god :) All of the advice on here has been great, cross train, walk as much as you can, drink a lot of water, and try to keep fat and sweets to a minimum. Good luck! :)
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
lol crazylady, yeah we can tell you've been researching your "excuses" but yeah thanks for the info about 1lb muscle weighing the same as 1lb fat, and the whole grapefruit and plum metaphor. helps me out a lot :P now i'm gonna try writing everything i eat down's gonna be awful!>.<
mj mj 10 years
I think it's important to realize that 10lbs doesn't sound like a lot but it is. think of it in terms of butter...10lbs is essentially 40 cubes of butter!!!! that's a lot. so try not to totally kill yourself if it doesn't come off in one week. if you are running, it might help to throw in a few sprints. run for 5 mins and then sprint for 2 or 1 whatever you can do and repeat. also, increasing the weight you're using (if you are-and you should if not) might help you..just by a few pounds and maybe only a few of your sets. I'm struggling with the same problem-post bebe, it's been really frustrating so I totally understand, but the good news is, it is coming off. I love my spin class..have you taken one? you might like that. definitely change up your routine. a couple of other tricks...don't eat after 7:30, limit carbs after lunch, and limit your alcohol..that was hard one! good luck!
crazylady crazylady 10 years
A pound of muscle weighs exactly the same as a pound of fat. The difference is in the density and space it takes up. You can be the same size and weigh more because you have more muscle than you did before you toned yourself. A pound of fat is about the size of a grapefruit. A pound of muscle is the size of a plum. Can you all tell that I've spent a lot of time researching this trying to come up with better excuses....
lacoste1 lacoste1 10 years
Muscle weighs more than fat so that may be why you aren't losing the weight but gaining muscle instead.
crazylady crazylady 10 years
It all depends on what you've been doing to lose the weight. For example, if you've been doing only running try strength training or pilates. Your body is very efficient and gets used to you doing the same thing and eating the same things. Then its efficiency makes the weight loss stop. It could also be a plateau. If you've changed things a bit and are still not losing then just be patient. A plateau can last a month or two but you'll eventually lose it. In the mean time you'll notice that your clothes will fit differently. You may weigh the same but be leaner. Keep up the great work and don't lose sight that this is a process and doing what you'r doing will ensure that you don't pack on the weight again. Best of luck!
yayita yayita 10 years
I think I would crave sweets and meats when I get preggers
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Lucky u lol have a sweet nap!
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
Bye girls I'm going back to sleep because it's cold outside and there's no sunshine. Have fun on Popsugar!
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Sadly I have this time. Not in my last pregnancy and nothing freaky. But I would love a nice dill pickle right now lol I guess peaches will do tho.
yayita yayita 10 years
T0x do you really get pickle cravings??
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Speaking of food I left my pickles at home.
sabrinaland sabrinaland 10 years
Dear, that'a a great tip about writing everything down. I used to do this and it helped me see that I was routinely eating three junky treats a day. It wasn't until I started writing it down that I saw exactly was I was putting into my body. Up until then I was oblivious!
yayita yayita 10 years
T0xx thanks for the advice, I was a huge exercise junkie!! 3 hours a day at the gim an dit felt sooo good. I did it for 4 years basicaly and then lost it last year when i cam eto spain. I hate the gims here is soooo second world. I miss my NYSC (New york sports club) snif snif
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
I've been trying to do this forever, I just want to wiegh 130 for the rest of my life and I can die happy.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Yaya u dont ness have to go all out. Its a slow process. Try and drink only water. Keep a bottle in ur hand. Limit ur carbs and try to cut out sugars. Go walking if your not big on working out. But walk for 30 minutes every day. And if ur really dead set ask ur Dr for a recomendation on a over the counter pill or suppliment. He may even give u a prescription. This is my way of dieting in pregnancy. Well its not dieting but eating healthier. And its working miracles on my MIL
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
yayita you crack me up girl!!!
yayita yayita 10 years
Atox do you think Dear has some advice for losing these last 50 pounds I have on me? LOL
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
I like to drink a LOT of water, it's basically the only thing I drink. If you aren't doing it already, you should. I believe I heard that the more hydrated you keep yourself the less water your body will retain, plus it's just good for you in so many ways.
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
good advice from dear, but also make sure you are switching up your exercise routine. your body gets used to the same movements after 6 weeks, so every 6 weeks do something different. use different machines, go to different exercise classes, run just a little bit farther. this will help you to lose that extra 10
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