I often hear how losing the last ten or fifteen pounds of any exercise or diet program are always the most challenging.  I do not have any personal experience when it comes to losing 50-60 or even 100+ pounds.  However, I have trained people, and I know people that have complained of this common problem.  How frustrating is it when you have worked so hard and so long only to find it extremely difficult to reach your final goal. 

There are several reasons why these elusive pounds are difficult to attain.  One of the main reasons is most people feel as if they are “ending” something that has required a lot of time, frustration, tremendous effort, and self-control.  It amazes me that people work so hard at losing this weight only to throw it away at the “end”.  People, there is no such thing as an “end”.  You have already adopted the nutrition and fitness lifestyle, so why would there be an end.  Think about some of these professional athletes, you can always tell which players will have mediocre careers.  They don’t work hard with there strength coaches, they don’t improve their game, and they begin a lifestyle that they are unaccustomed to living.  Once they become comfortable, all the hard-work they put in, becomes null and void.  Soon thereafter, they are out of the league and as a result, they forfeit millions of dollars in future earnings.  They rest on their laurels.   

The second reason is losing weight from this point is somewhat difficult so you struggle to continue to produce results.  You don’t know how to lose those last few pounds.  If you have already adopted excellent eating, exercise, and lifestyle habits, why are the last ten pounds so difficult?  Simply put, you have hit a wall, your same training routines and eating habits are no longer effective.  You do not continue to see or feel any sort of improvement, so you become discouraged and revert to old habits.  Why do you think actors and professional athletes pay $200 or more per session for help from a personal trainer?  It is not because they don’t know how to train.  It’s because they simply do not know how to get to the next-level, therefore, they remain confused at their lack of continued progress.  

My point:  It is never a good idea to try to be the exception to the rule.  Instead, continue to follow accepted methods of nutrition and strength training by working on many different aspects.  Your diet and training habits cannot be the same when you become 50-110 pounds lighter than when you started.