Did you notice a significant change in your body weight and composition after having a baby? Get in line…most new moms are pretty surprised at the changes in their bodies following pregnancy.
Stretch marks, loose skin, muffin top, cellulite; you name it and as a new mom you are probably experiencing it. Of course, some things we can’t change, they are changes to stay. Badges of honor if you will.
Other things, however, like extra body fat and higher weight are things that we can do our best to change.
Losing extra fat and weight is not just for looks; being in the best shape you can be does wonders for your self esteem and self worth as well. Being in shape helps you sleep better (when you can of course!), enables you to run around after your kids, and gives you more energy than if you were out of shape.
So how you can you get back on the path to looking your must yummy now that you’re a mummy? Here are my top four things for you mummies out there to lose fat, lose pounds, and get back into your old clothes.
Cardiovascular exercise like jogging, swimming, aerobics and even walking are the best way to burn calories, fast! Get moving 3-4 times per week or more if you can. Keep your heart rate elevated for at least 20-30 minutes, more if you can. The harder you go, the faster you’ll burn your target calorie count. Longer is not always better…it’s quality that counts as well.
Pump some iron!
Weight bearing exercises like push ups, squats and lunges are all essential to get your muscles back into tip-top shape. These are also great since you can do them at home whenever you get the chance.
Do you have a gym? Try doing a circuit of 8-10 exercises for all the major muscle groups. Do some weight bearing exercises 2-3 times per week, 2 sets of 15.
Eat a little, but do it a lot!
The way you eat will dictate your weight more than you might think. Small meals throughout the day help to keep your blood sugar stable and feed your muscles. Keeping your energy up is also important so you can stay happy throughout the day. Stick to lean proteins, complex carbs, leafy and colorful veggies, and high fibre fruits.
If you are not drinking enough water and low calorie fluids throughout the day, you may start to much more than you need. Dehydration can be tricky…it can make you think you’re hungry. Also, drinking water before you eat can assist you in filling up and then eating less at your meal.
Losing weight and unwanted body fat after a baby can seem daunting, but it will happen! Stick with the basics and do your best to pick good foods, drink a lot of water, get in some regular cardio and engage in weight bearing exercises.