Good Question: Why Are The Last 10 Pounds So Hard To Lose?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For those who try and lose unneeded weight, the first few pounds do come off the easiest. Then we hit the dreaded plateau. In fact, there may be several plateaus. So, why is it so hard to lose the last 10 pounds?

Dr. Stacy Ingraham is an expert in exercise physiology at the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology.

“The minute you stop growing physically, your metabolism starts slowing down,” said Ingraham. “And most of us don’t change our eating habits at that point.”

Ingraham agrees that the last 10 pounds are the hardest to lose. She also says we cannot spot reduce fat from specific areas, like the stomach.

Ingraham says once our bodies become conditioned to our workout routine, we have to push it. That’s the key to shedding those final pounds.

“To be more metabolically active, you need more muscle mass. And how are we going to do that? Well, you’ll need to be more physically active,” said Ingraham. “So, lifting weights every day, or two to three times a week minimally. And then doing some type of aerobic activity, but within the type of aerobic activity, you need to get to a level of higher intensity activity.”

Ingraham says if you want to feel good about losing weight, stop looking at the scale so much, because you may be gaining healthy muscle after all.

Most importantly, she says pay attention to the quality of life benefits you see in a smaller waist, which includes an easier time climbing stairs and fewer aches in your joints.

  • userdude

    Duh, because you stop after you’ve lost the last ten pounds. If you lost ten more, they’d be the hardest. This is like asking why your keys are always the last place you look – who keeps looking once they’ve found them?

  • Mike

    I definitely do not agree that you need to “push yourself harder”, physically that is, to lose that last few pounds. You need to eat less, it’s that easy. If your not using up your calories, your not going to lose the weight. Running further, lifting more and more weights will get you their, but then when you can’t keep up with the regimen the weight comes back. Weight comes with consumption and you need to eat a balanced meal, but only what your body can use.

    • Mike

      Sorry about the grammar errors. Your, You’re and their, there………..It’s early!

  • Les Johnson

    Maybe people shouldn’t get fat to begin with. Ever think of that, folks?

    The worst is when people say “All of a sudden I was 90 lbs overweight.”

    WRONG. There was no “all of a sudden” situation. You pigged out and didn’t exercise for 3 years straight and now you’re a disgusting blob with cholesterol over 200 and a life span expectancy of about 47 years. If you’re over 200 lbs and not over 6 feet tall… You’re probably morbidly obese and everybody around you has thought so for years, fatty.

    Quit looking for excuses, when there is no excuse for being fat.

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