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Monday, May 14, 2007

Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

When to begin?

Beginning your quest to lose those added baby pounds might have to be put on hold for a little while. The best time to start losing weight after the birth of your baby is two to three months later. This gives your body the time to heal, time for your menstrual cycles to be regular again and you can start getting back to normal.

Healthy Food Choices

Just like when you were pregnant, it’s still important to eat healthy for baby if your breastfeeding or not. Whether you are breast-feeding or not, you should eat the following foods to maintain health and support weight loss. Developing a healthy diet before leaping into exercise is key, taking it one step at a time and focusing on slow but steady weight loss.
  • Energy increasing foods containing starch like bread, potatoes, rice or pasta.
  • Eat lots of protein like lean meats, chicken, fish, beans, eggs and lentils.
  • Leafy green vegetable and lots of fresh fruits.
  • Calcium rich milk, yogurt and cheeses.
  • Fiber is important and can be added in the form of corn, whole grain breads, beans, apples, pears, oats and figs.
  • Every mom needs lots of fiber to reduce constipation usually and the foods above are well balanced, providing the basis of a good weight loss plan. Moms who choose to breastfeed should keep tabs on what’s eaten in any given day just in case your baby has any food allergens and avoid products with caffeine.

Some people find it hard to begin exercising and others easier, it’s important to start off easy. Even though you believe that your body may be healed, it may not be and starting off with vigorous exercise can be harmful. Some women do begin exercising with a couple of weeks after the baby’s birth and there’s nothing wrong with a little walking or some mild activities, if you feel like doing it. Gradually build up, increasing your exercise time and your exercise routine week by week. Once you slide into your new routine, you probably find that you not only feel better physically but mentally as well. That’s when you know you are on the right path.

Quoted from: Post Pregnancy Weight Loss: Eliminate Baby Fat

Exercise is not just for the purpose of weight loss. Exercise is more effective in maintaining weight loss when integrated as a part of lifestyle change. When exercise is a part of your life, it lessens depression, stress, anxiety, tension and anger, thus prevents overeating that is often caused by these disorders.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Good Exercise Habits

Start slow - The biggest mistake that people make when starting an exercise plan is starting too fast or too hard. Trust me, I’ve done it many times. I’ve learned to take it easy, start as small as possible, and worry about endurance or intensity later. The key in the beginning is to make it enjoyable and accomplishable. That’s probably not a word, but it should be. And it is now. Zen Habits are ones that are accomplishable.

Increase but gradually - After getting used to a certain level of exercise, you’ll want to increase it. Don’t just run two miles or walk 20 minutes three times a week for a year. Your body adjusts to the stress you’re giving it, so you need to increase the level once you’ve adjusted. But do it gradually, and only every two weeks or so.

Crank it up - Once you’ve gotten used to exercise, you’ll want to do some higher intensity ones for better fitness and fat-burning. For example, instead of running slowly and steadily, for a long time, try doing shorter bursts of fast running, with periods of rest in between. You can do this for any exercise. Higher intensity increases the calorie burn, and improves performance. But you can’t do it as long, and you shouldn’t do it every workout. Mix it in with endurance workouts.

Schedule workouts - Make appointments with yourself to workout, at a specific time and place, just as you would with any other appointment. And make it the most important appointment on your calendar.

Forget about weight loss - Yeah, many of us would like to lose some weight. But if you’re motivated solely by weight loss, exercise will be a tough proposition. The reason is that you might not lose weight right away. Oh, it’ll come, if you can keep it up over time, but in the beginning you might be disappointed (especially if you haven’t changed your eating habits). Just get into the habit of exercise, and worry about the weight later.

Squeeze it in during lunch - OK, you’re not a morning person. You’re busy. You don’t have time to work out. Well, suck it up, buster, and sacrifice your lunch hour to the gods of fitness. Bring your workout clothes, do a quickie nooner, and be back at work ready to tackle the afternoon.

Rest - It’s important. This is a commonly overlooked factor. If you don’t give your body some rest, you will burn out and get injured. Rest is just as important as the workouts in improving performance and fitness. As long as you’re doing the workouts too and not just the rest!

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