|Sofia Vergara in FHM Australia (2010)|
Getting started on a post-partum weight loss plan can be daunting. Part of the struggle is that many new moms are exhausted taking care of baby and really just don’t know where to start. Below are a set of very useful and helpful tips, compliments of The Nutrition Vault that could help tremendously.
- Have a pet? Walk your dog for 20 minutes around your neighborhood or do laps with your dog around the dog park.
- Rule of 3 – If you have to go somewhere that is three or less floors away, take the stairs
- Trying to lose weight? Get your other friend with the same goal and make a small bet. A study showed that using an incentive such as money to lose weight resulted in 10 pounds greater weight loss than without an incentive.
- Get a jar and put one dollar for everyday you follow your goals for eating healthier. When you get to 30 days (or 60 days, your choice) buy your self a non-food reward!
- Drink Wine – a study showed that woman who drank red wine were 30% less likely to gain weight and 21% less likely to add inches to their waistline than non wine drinkers. Drink 1 glass of red wine per day. (Those breastfeeding must make adjustments of course)
- Take a walk during work – A recent study showed that a short walk curbed subjects appetites and resulted in subjects consuming 50% less chocolate and snacks than subjects who rested for 15 minutes instead of walking for 15 minutes.
- Eat yogurt – Another study showed that subjects who consumed probiotics, such as the ones found in yogurt, were 42% less likely to catch a cold.
- Chew gum– Chewing sugar-free gum can curb appetite and prevent mindless snacking as well as lower stress level by 16%.
- Stop fad diets and develop a healthy lifestyle – Over 95% of people who lose weight on a diet end up gaining the weight back.
- The #1 barrier preventing Americans from living a healthy lifestyle is lack of willpower. By knowing this you can choose goals that alter the environment and doesn’t put you in situations that you may break your healthy lifestyle. Instead of saying “I will eat less candy” get rid of snacks in your house so even if you don’t have the willpower to not eat the candy it won’t be there! (Examples of other changes: Avoid buffets, have healthy foods more visible and ready to eat and eat at home more often rather then eating out)