Why are the last five pounds so hard to lose? "When you've got only a handful of pounds to go, you've really got to rev up your metabolism and, at the same time, lower your body's production of cortisol, the stress hormone, which promotes fat storage," says Los Angeles nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, who helps Jennifer Lopez stay movie and photo shoot ready. It's not as tricky as it sounds, but it does require diligence. So give yourself three to four weeks, follow these tips from our experts, and make "Go for the burn" your new motto.
By Wendy Schmid
1. Eat Fat-Burning Foods
What you eat really counts when you've got just an inch or so to pinch. "Your metabolism is already working relatively well, so focus on fiber-rich foods that have a thermogenic effect, making your body expend more energy as it breaks them down," says Pomroy. According to Manhattan weight-control specialist Stephen Gullo, high-fiber foods also form a coating on the intestinal walls that prevents some of the Read More »from How to Lose the Last 5 Pounds for Good!