By Rosemary Marchese
Editor, B.A. Applied Sci (Physiotherapist)
How to Lose the Last 5 Kilos
So you want to lose 5 more kilos? Why is it so damned hard to shift those last big of fat, hey? You’ll probably find that the first place you added the fat to your body is the last place you will lose it from. If you’re carrying extra weight it will be the first few kilos that are easier to lose.
Let’s look at the top 5 things you should know (or do) to lose the last 5 kilos.
- Cut the crap. Be honest with yourself and admit to what you are eating and drinking. It’s one thing to be frustrated about the weight loss, or lack of, but it’s another to not admit to yourself that you do consume a bottle of soft drink each day.
- Do your research about the other food you are eating and ditch the nasties. There are so many people thinking they are doing ‘the right thing’ when it comes to food (although I am not one to say that any food plan is wrong or right but hear me out). I’m talking about the people that have, like the rest of us, been convinced by marketing hype that margarine is better than butter, or a few low fat crackers are a great addition to the lovely salad you made for lunch. Check out the packaging of these items and find out more for yourself about what you are really putting in your food. And don’t get me started on breakfast cereals. If you are struggling to find a breakfast cereal that isn’t full of nasties plus sugar then ditch the cereal altogether.
- Recognise that not all calories are equal. While there is something to be said about the whole ‘eat less, move more’ philosophy that is drilled down our throats for weight loss programs there is something to be said about those people who eat truckloads and don’t put on weight. That’s because they are eating healthy (and I mean truly healthy) food and yes, they are exercising. But even if they were not exercising their choice of food would still promote a lean, fat burning machine as opposed to a body that just puckers up more cellulite around the butt. So, for example, avoid processed foods that will literally turn to fat. Ditch the soft drink and drink milk or water. Wine is okay for odd occasions but I wouldn’t recommend it every day.
- Eat fat! Okay, hear me out. Eating fat will not make you fat. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Did she really say that? Um, yes I did. Eat a balance of whole foods in your diet (no don’t go out and just eat the fat off meat and nothing else) will promote a healthy balance of fats in your body. Fats that come from nature.
- Not all exercise programs make you lose weight. Yep, I said it. So many trainers are out there promoting whiz-bang programs that are not ‘right’ for everyone. Do your research and find out what works for you but don’t make it too complicated. While you should follow a routine that suits you it doesn’t have to be rocket science. Here’s the take home message here: you should be able to stay fairly lean and fit if you train (and train right) for about 30-45 minutes every day and get up off your butt regularly during the day. That’s it. Not hours at the gym. Just the right training…and yes, daily. If you want a day off from intense training that’s okay but just include some physical activity into your day…golf, walk, tennis…just something!