I am 5’6” and 140 pounds. I have lost 40 pounds, but I’ve been battling the last 10 to 15 pounds for a year now. I exercise fairly vigorously for an hour a day and I eat very healthfully. How can I lose those last stubborn pounds?
Trying a new activity is a great way to beat exercise burnout and can help you off a weight loss plateau — that, is, if you still need to lose more weight.
You have done a great job losing weight and getting fit — but you may need to re-evaluate your goal weight. You may be already at a healthy weight for your height, depending on your body type. And since you’ve been able to maintain it for the past year, it’s probably a good weight for you.
This is where genetics start to come into play: Not everyone can be a size 6. And even if you’re able to lose another 10 pounds, you won’t be gaining any additional health benefits. In fact, you could be setting yourself up for health problems if you’re exercising too much or eating too little in order to maintain that lower weight. Consult with your doctor to determine your ideal body weight.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you may have gained muscle from exercising. Muscle weighs more than fat, but it looks a heck of a lot better. Muscle also burns loads of calories so it’s easier to stay slim if you have more muscle. Try to forget about the number on the scale and enjoy your new slim body!
P.S. — I’m 5’7″ and weigh 140 pounds.