You set out to lose weight, and you've been working hard to make serious progress towards your target number. Then when you're this close, the scale stops budging—even though you're still doing everything right.

It's a cruel fact that the closer you get to your goal weight, the harder it becomes to slim down. Now that you're smaller, your body needs less energy to maintain its new size. So to shed those last few pounds, you might need to buckle down even more.

It's annoying, sure. But it doesn't have to be painful. We chatted with 10 nutrition experts to find out what you can do to reach the finish line. Here are their smart—and surprisingly easy to follow—tips. 

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