If you’re trying to lose weight, I’m sure you’ve come to realize that the last five pounds are the hardest to shed. The reason for this is that in order to lose those clingy, unwanted pounds, you’re going to have to give up some things you probably don’t want to. Case in point: eliminating alcohol and caffeine. Unfortunately these two indulgences are key reasons why it’s so difficult to lose your final five. On top of that, there are other things you can do that will boost your metabolism, help with digestion and ensure you feel more satisfied and less hungry at times when you shouldn’t be.

You’re almost there, just a few more to go! Keep reading to find out healthy tips to teach you how to lose the last 5 lbs.

1. Cut Out Caffeine and Alcohol

One of the reasons losing the last 5 lbs is so tough, is that you have to cut out the things you love to indulge in. That daily coffee or latte? Cut it. Those glasses of wine on girls night? Not anymore. Alcohol offers your body empty calories and slows down your metabolism, while also clouding your judgment, making you more likely to invite the next cocktail or glass of wine, as well as a side of fries.

2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep (at least six hours, preferably seven or eight) can make a significant difference when you’re trying to lose weight. When you sleep less, leptin, the hormone that keeps you satiated decreases, while the hunger hormone, ghrelin increases. When you feel sluggish you actually tend to eat more, not to mention less sleep also results in a slower metabolism.

3. Boost Your Metabolism by Eating and Drinking these Foods

There are certain foods and drinks you can consume that rev your metabolism into high gear and that will help you lose the final five. Focus on fibre-rich foods such as avocados, nuts, kidney beans, berries and broccoli. Fibrous foods make your body expend more energy to break them down, meaning you’ll feel full for longer. Beverages such as oolong and green tea have also been found to boost your metabolism.

4. Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners

Many people think that artificial sweeteners are doing more good than they really are. These sweeteners are found in diet/decaf drinks, processed products and reduced-calorie foods. The thing is, your body works in a way that expects calories, so you end up feeling unsatisfied and craving more food when you consume artificial sweeteners. Natural, unrefined sugars are much healthier and won’t cause you to overeat.

5. Get Spicy

Spicing up your meals with plants such as jalapenos, habaneros, cayenne and Tabasco can double your body’s energy expenditure for up to 3 hours post meal. It’s a great way to boost your metabolism, while allowing you to add awesome flavour to your meals! Ginger is another spicy addition that increases metabolic rates and aids in digestion.

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Wellness and Food Editor at Meraki Lane
Kate is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Toronto, Canada. She’s always had a passion for the written word, and after interning at publications such as FASHION Magazine and The Kit, she knew she had to take her passion to the next level. When she’s not sharing her love for styling outfits, home cooked meals, fitness endeavours and home décor, she’s probably taking a hot yoga class or watching the latest series on Netflix.

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