Most women who’ve had children are painfully aware that losing pregnancy weight–that extra weight our bodies put on during pregnancy– can be a quite a challenge. But not to worry, here are 4 easy tips to help you lose baby fat and regain the slender body you had before.
Tip #1 – It’s All About Chemistry
Pregnancy affects your body chemistry, no one will argue with that. But what you may not be aware of is, two of the primary causes of weight gain are unstable blood sugar levels and insufficient essential fatty acids. Changes in body chemistry brought on by pregnancy, could easily make you a candidate for either of these. Fortunately, correcting these conditions is relatively easy. Most of the time, just making a few minor changes in your food choices, in the frequency of your meals, and in the types of foods you eat in the same meal, is all that’s needed to help balance and stabilize your blood sugar.
Tip #2 – Getting Enough Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Not getting enough EFAs is another hidden reason that losing pregnancy weight can be difficult. Fortunately, correcting an EFA deficiency is also quite simple. Just take a flax fiber supplement daily along with two tablespoons of flax seed oil. This will help you quickly improve any EFA deficiency you might have. I simply stopped using a psyllium-based fiber and started using flax-based fiber instead. I also drink a high-quality, chocolate soy shake twice a week, to which I add 2 tablespoons of flax seed oil while blending. This is a delicious, painless, way to get the EFAs you need, and melt fat from your body without much extra effort.
Tip #3 – Drink Water to Burn Fat
I’m sure you’ve heard the virtues of drinking lots of water. It cleanses and hydrates the cells, flushes out toxins, and helps all of your organs function more effectively. And here’s one more great reason to drink more water. Recent studies show that drinking “17 ounces of water at a time” (a little over two 8 oz glasses), can increase your metabolic rate by 30%! This increase occurs within 10 minutes of drinking the water and lasts up to 30 to 40 minutes!
How does water burn fat? Drinking that much water increases thermo-genesis (calories expended via heat). Thermo-genesis happens as a result of your body warming the water from room temperature to body temperature. So, every couple of hours, drink two,10 oz glasses of filtered or purified water. Within 10 minutes, your body will be burning 30% more calories than before, for up to 30-40 minutes. Imagine how much extra fat you’ll burn if you drink two glasses of water, five times a day!
Tip #4 - Forget Aerobics, Go With Interval Training Instead
This probably seems contrary to everything you’ve heard about exercise. But check out these findings from a recent study published by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. Participants aged 40 to 75 did 60 minutes of aerobic exercise, 6 days a week for a year. You’d think that much aerobic exercise would result in a weight loss of at least 15-30 pounds in a whole year, right?
Well, the findings were shocking. The average fat loss for female participants was only 4 pounds in an entire year, while men lost a little over 6 pounds! That’s roughly 312 hours of aerobic exercise to lose a paltry 4 pounds of fat. Not a very good return on your investment if you ask me.
Interval Training is simply alternating short intervals of intense exercise with intervals of lighter activity. For instance, if you go for a walk in your neighborhood, you’d walk at a casual pace for one block, then fast walk for 60 seconds. Return to a normal pace for one block, then fast walk for another 60 seconds, repeating this up to 6 times. Interval Training can also be done on a treadmill, rowing machine, or even a stationary bike, and burns fat a lot more effectively.
So, there it is. Four easy tips for effectively losing pregnancy weight. Apply them and soon you’ll begin to lose baby fat like never before.