How to lose the last 3 kilos
Picture this: You’re just three kilos shy of your target weight loss goal, but a week goes by, two weeks go by, and the scale stays the same, despite working out and eating healthy. And no, it’s not broken. So, what gives? The truth is as you’re losing weight, you’re losing body mass, meaning your body will need fewer kilojoules than before. In other words, your diet and exercise routine may need to be modified to your new weight. To get more insight on how to shed the last three kilos, we spoke with two registered dietitians who reveal what they do if they want to lose weight.
They start keeping a food journal
When dietitian Jennifer Vimbor feels her clothes getting snug, she starts a food journal to keep track of what she eats during the day. As she records her eating habits, she looks for what’s not right or working in her situation. “It tends to be fibre is low and fat intake is high,” she says. Based on what she records in her journal, Vimbor may eat more fibre and make sure she drinks enough water throughout the day.
They add a multivitamin or probiotic
Multivitamins and probiotics give your body the vitamins you might miss if you’re cutting back on kilojoules and help regulate your digestive system. Vimbor recommends a simple one-a-day vitamin, preferably one without a lot of lofty claims or high levels of any one nutrient. When choosing one, look at the inactive ingredient list. If there are two or fewer ingredients listed, it’s probably a good vitamin. For probiotics, Vimbor says only 10 to 20 billion colony units or organisms per serving is needed. “Anything more than that is not needed to get the therapeutic effects,” she says.