Whether you’re a new mom or you’ve moved past the stroller years, you may still be carrying a few extra pounds from your pregnancy days. And as a busy mom you may find it quite hard to drop that weight. Here are 5 quick tips to help you successfully in your post pregnancy weight loss efforts.
Write down your goals: It’s a proven fact that those that write down their goals and then read them daily are more likely to accomplish them than those who simply “wish” them. So write down your pregnancy weight loss goals – it could be a pound number, or a commitment to get more exercise. But you need to be specific, as in, “I will walk for 20 minutes a day, three times a week.” Also, it helps to put a deadline, as in, “I will lose 5 pounds in the next 3 weeks.” This short term time frame (and realistic number of pounds) will keep you motivated – and then you can move onto your goal for the next 3 weeks. And don’t forget to reward yourself with a small treat – preferably non-food related. Maybe it’s fresh flowers, a new book or a new item of clothing. These little rewards will keep you motivated.
Build a Support System: Tell your family and friends what you are doing so they can be supportive. They will help you be accountable for your plan to lose pregnancy weight. For instance, if your partner knows you want to walk for 20 minutes a day in order to be more fit and look better, he may just be willing to wash those dishes or help out with another chore to let you do just that. A support system can also help you get over the inevitable bumps along the way – you can call on it to talk you out of eating that slice of chocolate cake.
Get Your Kitchen in Gear: Before you begin your new eating plan, make sure that you have cleared out your kitchen of the unhealthy junk foods and replaced them with healthier alternatives. Replace the potato chips with carrot chips you can dip in low fat dressing.
Plan Your Meals: Losing the pregnancy weight will be a lot easier if you plan your meals ahead of time. Write out meal plans for the next day or even the week. This way you can plan your shopping trips so you have all ingredients on hand. And don’t forget to include healthy snacks. Having a plan written out will take temptation and guess work out of the equation.
A Slip Up is Not A Failure: If you fall off the diet wagon, it doesn’t mean you have failed. And it also doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want for the rest of the day. You’re a mom – you’re not perfect after all. A calorie slip up will happen. Just don’t let it be an excuse to throw in the towel and go back to your old ways. Don’t beat yourself up over it, but acknowledge it and move on. Just be sure to compensate for it with the next meal