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How To Lose the Last 10 Pounds

Yes, we have all been there, well at least many of us have, and we are always wondering how to lose the last 10 pounds, right? People are so excited to work out, begin working out, get pretty good results, but for some reason those last few pounds just don’t want to come off! Why is this happening to me? I’m committing myself 100% to BOTH the diet and the workouts, but I’ve got this stubborn little layer of fat that just doesn’t want to disappear! Calm down people, take a deep breath, I’ve been there and know many people who have as well, and can help you out. Yes, sometimes you will come to a point in your fitness journey where you do indeed hit a plateau, but there are a few things that you can do to make sure you continue seeing results.

Tips on how to lose the last 10 pounds..

(1) Switch up the workouts. Are you doing the same workouts week in and week out? If so, that might be the issue. One of the great things about P90X is that there are 3 phases, and each phase switches things up, not allowing you to hit a plateau. For example, many people might go to the gym every single day, doing the same workouts over and over again, but unless you confuse the heck out of the muscles (muscle confusion), you’re never going to get beyond that plateau. Stop being stubborn and thinking that miraculously the same routine that you’ve been doing for the last 10 years is going to help you lose that last bit of weight! The only reason I’m saying this is because I was that guy. Follow a program like P90X, which switches things up, allowing you to continue seeing results until you reach your goals.

(2) Increase the calories. There is this massive misconception that the less calories you eat, the more weight you will lose. Pretty interesting really because even though people have trouble losing the last 10 lbs, have been frustrated beyond belief because they’ve been stuck in that rut for months on end, the last thing they will do is increase the calories! When I say this to the people I coach, especially women, they always say, “You want me to do WHAT!?” Yes, you heard me correctly, increase the calories! Why? Let me explain. After you work out for quite some time, lose a lot of body fat and build some muscle, your body needs more calories to get you through the day. If you don’t increase as you get into better shape, you risk going into starvation mode, which happens quite a bit to people, where your body will store fat and not let you burn it. So if you’re having trouble losing the last 10 lbs and are in good shape, try increasing the calories by a few hundred or even more, seeing how your body responds. The majority of the time you will see the weight start coming off again.

(3) Switch up your diet. Yes, there is even something called diet confusion! Well, at least I think there is, and there might even be a chance that I made that up, but it works, at least it did for me. After I went through my first round of P90X, eating the EXACT same thing every day, if I wanted to continue seeing results, I had to switch up my diet. I remember trying something called carb cycling, and there are a few ways you can do this. The first is increasing the carbs on resistance days, and decreasing on cardio days. The other is increasing the carbs for a few days and then decreasing for a few days. What it does is sort of jump start your metabolism, helping you lose those last 10 lbs. If you’ve hit a plateau and want to know how to lose the last 10 lbs, then mess around with your diet, but remember, it’s VERY IMPORTANT that you continue to eat healthy! You’re not going to reach your goals by eating a Big Mac and pizza every day.

(4) Use Shakeology. After Melinda and I went through P90X a few times, there came a point where we hit a plateau, and it seemed like nothing we did could get us out of it. When I was introduced to Shakeology back in January of 2010, I was very skeptical at first, but decided to give it a try because I was hearing many success stories from the people who were using it. After using it for a month, I ended up literally getting into the best shape I’ve ever been in, losing an extra 10 lbs, but interestingly enough, being the strongest I’ve been at the same time. Once I got the results with it, I got Melinda on it, and she ended up losing something like 25 lbs within her first month of using it. I then recommended it to all of my family and friends, and they all experienced similar results! I have been using it every day for the past year and a half, and is something I HIGHLY recommend to everyone because not only is it something that I have personally experienced results with, but so have many of my friends, family, and the people that I coach! Check out my Shakeology Review to learn more.

Hopefully those tips on how to lose the last 10 lbs were helpful. Remember, if you don’t want to create your own workout routine and diet, follow P90X, which already has both muscle and diet confusion built in. It’s what I followed and the reason I’m in such great shape today! To learn more about P90X, check out my P90X Review!


  1. Great advice. It’s a constant tweaking process as you refine– and losing that last 10 lbs. is definitely the refinement stage. I guess this falls in to #3 but doing a P90X/Asylum hybrid recently got me thinking about dropping dairy (Asylum recommends it as part of its nutrition guide)… I fought it my first round and took it up a couple weeks ago. Without changing diet/workouts beyond losing the dairy, I leaned out within a couple days– more definition, more vascularity in arms, etc. Kinda blew me away as dairy’s been my protein staple for the last few years.

  2. “Diet Confusion”? Better get that copyrighted!

  3. Fantastic advice. Adding more calories is the thing I like the most. The other day I heard someone say there were on a 500 calorie diet and exercising and I just thought what a moron. I tried to explain the same thing to him, but wouldn’t listen. you need calories.

  4. John /

    I had a question. I’m starting up a P90X/Asylum Hybrid. I wanted to ask you a question about nutrition. i am at 12.5% bf and want to get down to around 5 or 6. i think i’d probably increase weight loss with zig-zag dieting one of two ways. one i would do a 3/1 strategy with low 1600 days and high 2200 days with 50/30/20 percentages on low days and 40/40/20 percentages on high days. And another way could be stay at 1600 calories and up the carbs every fourth day, or fat shredder percentages only with the 1600/2200 idea in mind. Sorry that was so long and in-depth, but i just wanted your opinion on what you think would work best.

  5. Josh /

    @John. 1,600 cals is pretty low, and the least amount you’re going to want to take in is 1,800. Anyways, just try one of them and see what works best!

  6. Hey man. I’m 16 and I’m on my 3rd round of p90x, 3rd phase. I’ve done EVERYTHING and i still cannot lose that last bit of weight. I’ve gotten the results I’ve wanted, dont get me wrong, as I started at 185. Its just that last little bit of weight that is stubborn as hell and wont leave haha. I weigh 138 pounds and I take in around 2500 calories a day if that helps. I finally have abs!! Now i just wanna get them as ripped as yours haha!!

  7. @Brent. That last bit is always rough to get rid of man! If you’re down to 138 lbs, chances are you’re ripped and need to increase the calories. I know it sounds strange, but the better shape you get into, the more calories your body demands, and that might be what’s holding you back from getting those extreme results.

    Have you made me your coach yet? If not, here’s the link to do so!

  8. Thanks man. And of course you’re my coach, you’re amazing! Oh and I just ordered P90X2 Deluxe. Hopefully that’ll aid me with my last 10 pounds lol.

  9. @Brent. Haha thanks bro! P90X2 ROCKS!

  10. David /

    Josh, I just finished my first round of P90X Doubles and my results have been better than I could’ve ever hoped for. My question is regarding the diet. What now? I followed the portion approach throughout all 3 phases (level 1 for the first phase, level 2 for the remaining 2 phases as I needed more calories for doubles) but I don’t know what to do now. I want to do a second round of p90x, but do I continue doing doubles, Or should I do the classic version from now on? And regarding nutrition, which phase of the diet should I now follow? Should I start back over with the fat shredder as I start a new round? Or should I follow one of the other phases? Thank you for your time.

  11. @David. Have you thought about trying another program? Like Insanity, P90X2, or Body Beast? Also, am I your coach?

  12. David /

    Yeah I have p90x2, I just wanted to do one more round of the original P90x and I’m unsure of the diet I should go by to maintain my results. Also should I keep doing Doubles?

  13. @David. Probably either the 2nd or 3rd phase diet of P90X.

  14. David /

    Thanks man! Oh and should I keep doing doubles or just go with Classic? And how do I make you my coach?! You seem really cool haha

  15. @David. It’s up to you brother! If you want to and feel like you can do Doubles then go for it! Also, do you already have a Team Beachbody account? If not, just go to this link to make me your coach!

    Also, the easiest way to contact me is through facebook. Make sure you “LIKE” my page and message me if you have any questions.

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