So you’ve arrived at the summit of your fitness odyssey with only a few metaphorical steps to go before you’re standing atop the zenith. The zenith represents your goals, which you likely set out for yourself weeks, months, or perhaps even years before. It’s been a long, painful, and difficult journey, but you now feel and look better than ever — though there’s still one more thing standing in your way.
One final plateau. It’s that last bit of stubborn fat or weight that you can’t seem to shake: the final 10 pounds.
This is a rather common issue that people struggle with. When you first set out to lose weight or get in shape, things seem to move rather fluidly at first. Depending on how overweight you were to begin with, you may have seen some incredible progress up to this point. The weight was seemingly melting off after some simple lifestyle changes, and as a result, you’ve made it this far.
Yet now that you’re within shouting distance of hitting your target mark, you’re struggling. The wheels are stuck in the proverbial mud. And it seems that no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to make any progress. Fear not — there are a few things you can try to get you over the final hump.
It may seem counterintuitive, but since your routines are no longer effective (except at maintaining your current level of fitness or bodyweight), you’ll want to ditch them. You’re merely going to shake things up a bit and see if your body responds in the way that you’re hoping: by dropping that last few pounds. The question is, what exactly should you do?
Try these four suggestions, as they have worked for other people in similar positions.