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Why Can't I Lose the Last 5 Pounds?

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Expert weight-loss tips to help you reach your goal weight.
Question: "I just can't get the last 5 pounds to budge. What gives?"

Answer: First, ask yourself whether you've set a goal weight that's too low -- your body may be telling you that the weight would be hard to maintain. "If you're sure you need to keep losing, remember that the final 5 pounds are very different from the first," says Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Weight Management Center. The more weight you drop, the fewer calories your body needs -- so it becomes harder to create the deficit required to slim down. Aim to shed 2 pounds a month (instead of per week, like you did when you had more to lose) by burning 250 more calories than you consume every day. Here's how: Shave 100 to 150 calories off your daily diet (skip your nightly glass of wine, for example) while you also burn an extra 100 to 150 calories (jog for 10 minutes more or take three 10-minute walks throughout the day).


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2009.


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1/13/2012 04:12:47 PM Report Abuse
smvmartin wrote:

I found it helpful and will def. give it a shot! I've been trying to lose 5 pounds for a long long time, and had resolved that I would continue my regular exercise routine (working out an average of 5 times a week, either on the eliptical or doing Group Power),and add an additional 20 minutes on the treadmill each day! I'm also going to try to add Bootcamp 2x a week!!! I'm pretty determined as I'll be heading to Mexico in March...wish me luck!!

1/5/2012 10:11:58 AM Report Abuse
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