I know this sounds cliche and has likely been discussed in nearly every fitness magazine but it is SO important.
After I had my first, the big crucial mistake I was making in trying to lose weight was that I was not drinking enough water.
Add breast feeding into the mix and you can easily become dehydrated. Water consumption can help rid the body of toxins, keep you full longer, and boost your metabolism; three key pieces to weight loss. Aim for 2 liters per day if possible.
Workout when baby naps.
You know how they tell you to sleep when the baby sleeps? Most Moms know that it doesn’t always work that way. After all, that’s oftentimes the only sweet, precious few moments we get throughout the day to clean the house or simply catch up on our favorite T.V. shows.
In this case, my recommendation is to find a workout that you enjoy and do it while your little one naps. Start with simple cardio and work your way up to strength training when you feel up for it.
Since I couldn’t get to the gym in those early weeks, we purchased a stationary bike which allowed me to workout right next to my son. I HIGHLY recommend it especially if you live in a condo like us and don’t have room for a treadmill or elliptical.
Replace at least one meal with a low fat salad.
Sounds easy enough right? just make sure that you include at least some form of protein so that you stay full and go easy on the dressing. I like to use either chicken, boiled eggs, or edamame for protein and add pecans or other nuts.
I avoid creamy store-bought dressings and instead, make my own at home. Replacing one meal with a healthy salad means that you are naturally cutting back on calories given that you aren’t going overboard with the rest of your meals.
Cut out or limit refined sugar intake.
This was perhaps the hardest one for me. All throughout my pregnancy, I consumed a high amount of sweets almost daily. I had an unhealthy addiction to sugar which spilled over after having my Son.
I would find myself binge eating a handful of chocolate chips or downing a venti vanilla bean frappuccino from Starbucks whenever I found myself remotely stressed.
I began to incorporate dried fruits such as dates and raisins instead which really helped me to curb my cravings.
Begin or join a weight-loss challenge group.
A few friends and I started our own “biggest loser” challenge earlier this year. With each of us pitching in a few bucks towards the winner-gets-all pot, it gives us a monetary reward to work towards. I don’t know about you but money is one of my biggest motivators!
Although we are competing against each other, we support one another along the way by providing motivation, sharing our struggles, and offering tips.
Find any excuse to get up and move.
I know with my second born, I found it very easy to nest on the couch and nurse him for hours on end. I would have my snacks readily available while watching trash T.V. all day.
This became routine for me and I found myself getting really lazy because of it. As his needs for frequent nursing decreased, it became easier for me to get off the couch and move.
Whether it was to pick up my toddlers toys off the floor or simply walking around with my baby in my arms, I just began getting active, in any way possible, again.
Monitor your weight and body fat closely.
I found that by tracking my weight on a daily basis helped ensure that I stayed motivated to do all of the aforementioned things.
Along with weight, I also monitor my body fat percentage and keep track of calories that I am consuming as best as possible.
What’s helped me stay on track has been using a smart scale. Nokia, the company best known for their phones, now makes fitness products with this scale being one of them.
I began using the Nokia Body+ Smart Scale and I have been in LOVE. First off, look at it. It’s the most sleekest and sexiest scale I have ever owned.
It pairs up beautifully with the free Health Mate app which helps to track the following information:
- Highly precise weight which measures to .2 lbs
- Fat mass
- Muscle mass
- Water which informs you on retention and hydration
- Bone mass
The app is very easy to use and keeps track of historical weight data making it easy to track health information all in one place.
You can even keep track of your heart rate and log your food intake as well.