10 Fat Loss Tips
Help New Mommy Get New Body
While every person is different, on average most women gain between 25 and 35 pounds during the nine months of their pregnancy.
Like many women, Liz was already overweight when she found out she was going to have a baby, so it stands to reason that she added more and more pounds onto her frame during each month of her pregnancy.
She admits that she “didn’t make the best decisions with food and beverages,” gaining 40 additional pounds while pregnant.
Just before her son was born, however, Liz vowed she would get back in shape after her delivery, so she could keep up with her son as he grew. “I didn’t want him growing up with a mom who wasn’t able to run and play with him,” she explains.
Tips for Losing that Baby Fat
There are many ways to lose the belly fat - as well as fat from other areas of your body - after a baby is born.
Here are 10 of the most popular fat loss tips new moms use to lose excess weight they gained during their pregnancies. Liz was particularly fond of tip #10.
- Give yourself plenty of time to recuperate from a c-section and to get into your new baby routine before deciding to launch any new fitness program
- Drink plenty of water
- Don’t eat something every time your baby does
- Eat healthy meals, including healthy snacks
- Plan and cook meals in advance, so you have healthy prepared foods on hand at all times (this is something you can do while your baby takes a nap or goes to sleep for the night)
- Avoid fast foods, even if you don’t have time to cook
- Exercise (with or without your baby)
- Have reasonable expectations about how much weight you can lose and how long it will take to lose it
- Find a friend or family member to help you exercise, even if it’s just someone to take a walk with (or better yet, strap your baby into a stroller and go for a mommy/child power walk)
- Join Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle body transformation challenge for accountability and the Burn the Fat Inner Circle for support
The Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle Solution
Liz read Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle e-book and joined one of his body transformation competitions. In doing so, she came to the realization that getting healthy is really not as hard as she once thought it was.
She learned a lot about losing weight “the right way”. “I have never been a particularly patient person and that includes weight loss. I had a lot of extra weight before I got pregnant with my son. I didn’t make the best decisions with food while pregnant and gained even more weight,” Liz explains.
Because she was impatient in the past, Liz would try to lose weight as fast as she could. With BFFM, Liz came to understand that by losing weight gradually, instead of crash dieting or overdoing it, she could have more lasting results.
Years ago, she would make a conscious decision to drop her weight, but would get impatient if she didn’t see the results she wanted to see quickly enough. The result was always the same; she would give up her diet after a couple of weeks, reverting back to her old ways and gaining weight back.
Liz thought it would be a challenge to work exercise and diet into her new life with a baby, but she discovered that it’s not as hard as she thought it would be. “I don’t keep junk food in my house, or if I eat out, I plan ahead by deciding what would be a healthy alternative. That helps me make smart decisions.”
Accountability and Motivation
Liz credits both accountability and motivation with her new found weight loss. She included her mom in the BFFM challenge this time and that helped her stay focused and motivated.
Liz also received many compliments from people asking about her weight loss—even people she never expected would notice! Those compliments from complete strangers only added to her motivation to keep up her weight loss program.
Joining the BFFM challenge ultimately helped keep Liz accountable. “I knew I had to measure, weigh [and post my results] every week into the Inner Circle forums. That really helped keep me honest and motivated. After a few weeks, even I could see a huge difference in my body shape. That was even more motivation I needed to keep going.”
Liz concludes by saying, “I’m not done losing weight yet, but I’m off to a great start! The Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle Challenge has gotten me halfway to my goal! I’m sorry it ended so soon [after 98 days], but I now have the knowledge I need to keep going. I feel great about myself, and how I am changing my body...and my life.”
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