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I’m struggling to lose the last 5 kilos. Any tips?

The last kilos are the hardest to lose because the closer you get to your ideal weight, the more vigilant your body becomes about preventing weight loss. The harder you try to push against your body to lose weight, the stronger your Famine Reaction becomes and the more difficultlosing weight becomes. The solution is to take it super-slow. Aim to lose half a kilo to a kilo in a month at the most, then focus on maintaining your new weight for a month or two - the longer the better. This is the best way to calm your Famine Reaction and preserve your body's ability to burn fat as you lose weight. I know this may seem unbearably slow, but if you've struggled with endless conventional weight loss programs to beat those few extra kilos, then this way is ultimately much faster. When you lose weight well, you only have to do it once.

What our readers say...

"Dear Amanda, I have never been overweight, but I have always had 2-5 kilos that I want to lose to fit nicely into my jeans etc. and not have a roll of fat around my stomach. I started reading your book in January 09 after the "Xmas feast panic" as I was starting to become 5-7 kilos over my goal weight instead of 2-5 kilos over (I would like to be 60k). By the end of January I started your diet as it seemed like a easy way to lose weight and a lot of commonsense, some of which I was doing anyway, as I have always exercised regularly, but I was craving fatty foods and seemed to be always fighting the famine reaction. Through listening to my body I have got rid of most of the low-fat foods and I am now eating wholesome and nutritious foods (most of the time). Your toasted muesli is fantastic, I have it for breaky most days and I do not feel hungry until 3 pm some days. I have only lost 2 kilos and 2 cm in 3 months, but I don't feel like I am on a diet and I could easily do this for the rest of my life. Thanks for answering so many questions I have had about weight loss and I will never go on another milkshake or low-carb diet again. "

- Alison Kay, Charleston, SA