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Friday, August 28, 2015

How to Get Rid of Those Last Stubborn Pounds

When getting back in shape, every drop of sweat reminds you of the goals you want to achieve. Finally, after all those exercises and diets, you can say that your body is looking good! If only those last few stubborn pounds would be gone at last, you would get your dream body. Unfortunately, losing those pounds is more difficult and more frustrating than you would have thought.

Break The Habit

If you have been working out for quite some time, it is likely that your body has gotten used to your routine.  It’s time to change things up! Spice up your cardio, change the weight you have been lifting, add another exercise to your routine, or even change the time when you usually hit the gym. Swapping your morning run for an evening one will surprise your body, and it will have to adapt to the new state.

On the other hand, why not try cycling instead of running? Using kettle bells instead of your regular weights?  How about a jumping rope instead of the elastic band? You will notice different muscle groups being used, and that is bittersweet when the burning sensation begins all over again.

Empty Stomach Theory

Obi Obadike, the athlete who has been branded as ‘the world’s most ripped fitness model’ states that he achieved his results by using the empty stomach cardio technique. If you don’t eat before your workout, you will deprive your body of carbs to burn during your cardio. Stubborn fat will be spent in order to compensate for the missing carbs.

Nevertheless, you shouldn’t push yourself too much; passing out in the gym is a bad way to go. If you don’t have enough energy for a high-intensity workout on an empty stomach, slow your pace. You will end up losing muscles instead of fat. So go for slow-pace cardio instead of high intensity.

Be Strict With Your Diet

In order to get the best results, you need to be 110% dedicated to your goal. This means minding what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat. When exercising and dieting are combined, it is easy to overdo it. You will need special amino acids, which stimulate protein synthesis, so your muscles will recover faster after an intense workout. If you’re not sure about which supplements you should add to your diet, do your research.  Go through this ultimate supplement guide, and talk to an expert to get the best advice.

Magical Exercise?

Sadly, there is not a single exercise that will miraculously make your stubborn fat disappear. Fortunately, there are methods that are very effective. Cardio and high intensity interval training (HIIT) push your body  to the limit, and leave you drenched with sweat. Weight training is also great and working on your core muscles will make your stomach flatter, and improve your posture along the way. It’s important to have a well designed fitness program that includes at least 2 of these methods or combines them all.

When trying to melt those last few pounds, dedication and hard work are the most important elements. Don’t lose focus before you reach the finish line. Keep that determination and you will finally be able to tell yourself “I made it”!