I talked to fitness experts Shannon Barbadian and Lori Kenyon Farley to collect a roundup of tips that will help you lose that last bit of super stubborn fat. If you’re determined and motivated to tackle your goal and follow all the way through, well then more power to you. Follow these eight tips and you’ll say sayonara to those final few pounds in no time at all.
“Make sure you’re getting enough fiber in your diet,” says Barbadian. “Fiber aids in weight and fat loss. Make sure to stock your fridge with dark, leafy veggies and low-sugar fruits.”
“Beware hidden calories in soda, lattes, blended coffee drinks and alcohol,” says Farley. She advises that you completely cut out any calorie-dense drinks that you consume on a regular basis during the week and replace them with water. “Save those for a weekend treat.”
Barbadian says that staying hydrated will not only help eliminate any extra water weight you might be carrying, but that it will keep you feeling full and satisfied. “Often, when you think you’re hungry, you’re really just thirsty.”
“Indoor cycling is a great way to get that heart rate into the perfect fat-burning zone, and when done efficiently with no gimmicks, can be one of the most efficient calorie and fat burners,” says Barbadian. “Try taking class in the evening after work, when your body normally wants to rest. This will help increase your metabolic rate.” Farley also advised that you add more cardio workouts to your routine. She suggests a minimum of 45 minutes, five times a week. If spinning isn’t your thing, try something like running stairs or rowing.
“Hate to say it, but limiting your alcohol intake is going to help take care of those last pounds,” says Barbadian. “Do you normally have a glass of wine with dinner? Cut that out for now. Save it for special occasions only.”
“Write down everything you eat,” says Barbadian. “Even the handful of popcorn, the two crackers, the piece of cheese… These little things can add up and could be what is keeping you from your goal.”
“By building lean muscle mass, your body learns to burn calories more efficiently, and more often,” says Barbadian. “Pilates is a great way to do this with a low-impact rate.”
“Are you eating any processed food? Carb heavy meals? Be sure to cut out artificial and sugar laden foods and replace them with real foods,” says Farley. “For instance, rather than sugary cereal, a bagel or pastry for breakfast, have an egg white scramble with wheat toast, or oatmeal with nuts and berries.”