As many of my readers will know, I am a Slimming Worlder of old and return to Slimming World to help me shift a few pounds. As we all know though, this isn’t always easy. When you’re trying to lose weight and get back into shape, and you’re working hard to ensure you succeed, it can be very frustrating when you just can’t get rid of that last bit.
It can be incredibly demoralising to see a plateau on the scales or find yourself stuck with a problem area that just won’t shift. Many people give up completely (as I have been known to), but if you persevere, you can and will get it off eventually. In the ever-optimistic hope of helping things along, here are some additional tips that could just help you achieve your final goal:
SWAP GREEN TEA FOR BLACK
I have read a lot about this and many people I know swear by green tea to assist with weight loss. Green tea has lots of benefits as it is high in Epigallocatechin gallate – a chemical which can reduce your risk of heart disease, boost your brain and help to clear your skin. However, it can also help you to burn more fat and lose more weight too. So, if you’ve stalled, it might be worth adding green tea to your diet, and swapping out any other hot beverages for it. Obviously, doing nothing else but drinking green tea is unlikely to banish all of that stubborn fat for good, but it could help.
CHECK FOR ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS
Although there is much debate over artificial ingredients, and they can certainly help you lose weight if they help to lower your overall calorie count. However, when you’ve hit a plateau and that those extra few pounds just won’t shift, it might be worth looking at the labels to see if the foods you are eating contain artificial sweeteners. Why? Because there is some evidence to suggest that artificial sweeteners confuse the metabolism. The sweetness of the ingredient makes it think you’ve eaten something sweet, but it is a sweetness that never materialises. This may be something stalling your weight loss or, even worse, have you craving even more sweet stuff which can completely ruin your efforts!
EAT MORE PROTEIN
Now this one I can personally vouch for. Protein is vital for building lean muscle and the more muscle you have the more fat you burn, so it makes sense to eat fewer carbs and up your protein intake as you try to shift stubborn fat once and for all. In addition, protein can help you feel better satisfied after a meal and help to keep you feeling fuller for longer. I have talked about this in my FODMAP content and I have absolutely seen the difference in my Slimming World journey since limiting carbs and upping the protein.
For the same reason that you should eat more protein, you could try lifting heavy weights a few times a week too. Building more muscle will help your body to really start targetting that fat that you want to see the back of. Start small and build it up. Tins of baked beans or chopped tomatoes can help to tone muscle and you can move on to real equipment to increase the results. I would, however, seek some professional advice if considering this action to prevent any unwanted and painful injury.
And finally, if you’re sick and tired of trying to get rid of those last few pounds of belly fat and you’ve really tried everything, you could consider having vaser liposuction. This is where your body fat is melted and sucked out. Sounds pretty gross, but, apparently, it is not nearly as invasive as the liposuction of old, takes very little time and could solve the problem if you’re so inclined to give it a go. It’s interesting to see the development of procedures over the years and liposuction seems to have come on leaps and bounds. So, if you’ve got the dosh and you fancy giving it a try, be sure to let me know how it goes!
As we all know, the key to getting rid of stubborn fat is persistence, but any and all of the ideas above could help you to blast it and get those scales moving once again, you just have to give them a go!