Today’s question comes from a runner named Ellen who eats a heathy diet but still desires to lose those last (stubborn) 10 pounds.
We are answering one question per day sent in by subscribers to the MTA email newsletter. Our friend Angelo Poli from MetPro will be helping us answer some of the complex weight loss questions (like today’s) and sharing tips.
Losing those last 10 pounds
My question is probably a common question in nutrition – I’ve been running for about 2 years now and training for my first half marathon and in general think I eat pretty healthy diet but I would like to still lose 10 lbs and especially be more toned in my midsection. Any advice for these stubborn last pounds and toning would be great! Thanks -Ellen
Healthy eaters can struggle with those last ten pounds too. Your metabolism’s job is to keep you “stable.” This is why the last ten can be so stubborn.
Once your body gets used to a certain way of eating, it tries to stabilize. If you suspect this has happened to you, ask yourself if you’ve noticed improved body composition, looser fitting clothes, or weight loss (even if gradual) in the last 30 days?
If so, you’re on the right track. If not, you may need to make some adjustments. Here are a few tips from the experts at MetPro if you’re looking for a good place to start:
1. Is there room to decrease sugar or alcohol in your diet?
2. Can you replace some starches with protein and veggies the back half of your day?
3. Can you eat more often without increasing calories (i.e small snacks)?
4. Are there hidden sources of fat or sugar you might not be noticing from sauces, dressings, and beverages?
5. Can you prepare and pack healthy snacks in advance?
At MetPro our experts use baseline testing to assign meal plans that measure metabolic response, but food journaling is a great place to start to learn where your calories, carbs, and nutrients are coming from.
Angelo Poli, Founder at MetPro
Read Angie’s transformation story from working with MetPro
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