By: Tayler Glenn
Anyone trying to lose weight knows that it’s hardest to lose the last 5 pounds! In the beginning, the weight seems to melt off as you add in healthy lifestyle changes. But those last few pounds? Your body is going to fight to hang onto those (thanks a lot)! It doesn’t seem fair that the closer you get to your goal, the harder it gets to reach it. So, we’ve rounded up our top 5 TLS tips to help you #FindYourFit in time for summer:
1. Switch Up Your Workout
You’ve been following your meal plan to the T, which probably means you’ve been maintaining a consistent workout schedule as well! Consistency is great for establishing those healthy habits, but your body has probably grown accustomed to that routine by now. If that 4-mile run or at-home body circuit isn’t leaving you breathless anymore, it’s time to rattle the cage a little!
Like lifting heavy with low reps? Switch it up with lighter weights and higher reps! If you usually head straight for the treadmill, try hopping on the bike for a 30-minute HIIT session instead. You can even split up your workouts, doing cardio before work and weight resistance after to keep your metabolism moving fast in the fat burning direction.
2. Journal Your Food
Journaling your food is a powerful weight loss weapon for a reason: it works. In fact, it’s often one of the first things registered dieticians ask their clients to do! Recent studies show that those who keep a food diary six days a week lost twice the weight as those who kept food records one day a week or less. But, why?
Logging your food instantly increases your awareness of what, how much, and why you are eating. By keeping you honest and holding you accountable for your food decisions, you become more aware of areas that could use some healthy changes, whether it’s munching less or eating enough of the right foods at the right times, to maximize your fat burning results!
There are hundreds of journals on the market, and it can be overwhelming to choose. You may want to start with a blank notebook but, for those that need a little more guidance and structure, the TLS® Health Guide & Journal is a great option!
3. Add the Right Supplements
After years of scams and media hype, the word “weight loss supplement” has earned a bad reputation, so here’s the truth: while a healthy diet and active lifestyle are a great foundation, sometimes you just need a little extra help. There’s nothing wrong with adding a little extra edge to drop those last few, stubborn pounds!
If you’ve ever taken a pre-workout supplement or a thermogenic fat-burner, you know these products have the potential to give you the edge you need to break that plateau. The trick is finding science-based supplements using clinically-studied ingredients that align with your own unique lifestyle, goals, and timeline!
Is handling stress standing between you and the finish line? A product that addresses adrenal fatigue and cortisol levels is what you’re after!
Do carbs and constant cravings have you stuck? Sounds like leptin sensitivity may need to be addressed.
If you don’t know where to start, the TLS Weight Loss Profile Quiz is a great tool that matches you with the right supplements to ensure you’re not wasting your time or money!
4. Reset Your System
When you’re down to the wire and just can’t seem to shake off the last few pounds, cleansing your body of excess waste and hitting the reset button can make all the difference! Some cleanse programs require you to fast or drink only lemon juice with maple syrup for 10 days, but these programs are nothing more than mislabeled crash diets and don’t do much besides waste money on short-term results.
Rather than depriving and dehydrating your body with harsh laxatives and a cardboard diet, opt for a program that utilizes natural herbs and botanicals while promoting a healthy diet!
“Detox isn’t the easiest week but it helps with those nagging cravings for sweet and salty foods as well as helping get rid of some of that bloat!” says Sue Pasqual, TLS Director + Coach.
The TLS 7-Day Detox is a great option for detoxifying, cleansing, and purifying your digestive tract and liver to combat the effects of poor diet and environmental toxins. Plus, like all great weight loss plans and products – it can be customized depending on your individual needs!
5. Pair Your Tracker with a Coach!
Don’t get us wrong, we love fitness trackers and wearable tech. But, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a tracker alone may not help you drop the last few pounds! Actually, they found that those in the study who weren’t wearing the tracker lost about 5 pounds more than those who wore it! But, why?
When it comes to trackers, the problem is the design of the apps and devices that present us with information — and the inflated expectations we get from using them. Calorie counting and step tracking don’t give a good picture of your lifestyle.
- Are you spreading calories throughout the day or eating all of them right before bedtime?
- Are you eating your calories in refined carbs and sugar to combat low energy?
- Are there non-food factors at-play such as stressed or lack of sleep?
If you can’t imagine ditching your tracker, that’s okay – pairing it with support + guidance from a Weight Loss Coach is a great option, too! TLS Weight Loss Solutions makes this easier than ever with our team of TLS Coaches who work with you to create a plan by humans, for humans and offer you support that you just can’t get from a wristband.
“We’re human, so one of the most important things is being able to share your “why” with your coach,” says Sue. “When something comes up, you feel unmotivated, or just want to binge then your coach is there to remind you of your reasons and help steer you back on track towards reaching your goals.”
What tips do you have to lose the last 5 pounds before summer?
Tell us in the comments below!