14 Jul Weight Loss Tips For Mums – Lose Baby Weight
Between the kids, the house, the partner, work, the pets, family, providing taxi services, cooking meals, packing lunchboxes, PTA, and goodness knows what else… it is hard to find time to breathe. Let alone finding time to keep yourself healthy and lose baby weight. It can be tricky to shift those unwanted kilos when you feel like you have no time. So to help you on your weight loss journey, we have put together our top weight loss tips for Mums.
10 Weight Loss Tips for Mums – Lose Baby Weight
1: Prioritise You
You probably put yourself last on the priority list almost every time, but it is time for that to change. If you don’t prioritise the time to get yourself healthy, then you will have to find time to recover from coughs, colds and fatigue. Fill your cup first because you cannot pour from an empty cup.
2: Plan, Plan, Plan
As we have said many times before, weight loss is 80% nutrition. It takes a lot of time and energy to make dinner at the end of a long day. It is so easy to reach for convenience foods, or take out. But with a little bit of planning, you can have delicious and nutritious meals every night. There are a number of ways you can do this…
- Set a meal plan and do a weekly shop to ensure you have all the ingredients in the fridge. Create healthier versions of your favourite meals so you don’t feel like you are missing out.
- Do some prep work ahead of time. Chop all your veges and keep them in the fridge in sealed containers
- Make big batch meals that will last several nights
- Prep all your meals for the week on the weekend and freeze them
- Don’t make multiple meals per night for different family members, decide on meals the whole family can enjoy together
3: Shop Online
The temptation of chocolates, lollies, biscuits and potato chips can be hard to resist at the supermarket. A great way to avoid them altogether is to shop online. You can be armed with a list of your meal plan ingredients, and don’t stray from the list!
4: Ditch The Car
If you live close enough, get up 10 minutes early and walk to school with the kids. After you have dropped them off, you can take the scenic route home for a bit more exercise. Try walking to walk, or even to the supermarket. Carrying the milk home is great weights training!
5: Take Every Opportunity To Get Active
If you have the option of an elevator or the stairs, take the stairs. Print your work documents to a printer across the other side of the building, walk the dog, help the kids with their paper run, do push ups while you wait for the kettle to boil, or 10 quick squats after every trip to the toilet.
6: Watch Your Eating Habits
It is important to have good eating habits, and these are common traps that we Mums tend to fall into…
- Don’t pick at the kids leftovers, it can quickly add up to a whole extra portion
- When you reach for that afternoon snack, ask yourself if you are really hungry or if you just need a glass of water
- Don’t associate food with guilt, there are not good foods and bad foods – there are just foods that are every day or sometimes foods
- Get in tune with your hunger by eating your meals slowly. That gives your body time to register when you are full
- Give yourself a break from time to time. If you are craving chocolate then choose a few squares of dark chocolate as a treat. Don’t let the craving build and then end up binging on a whole block!
7: Find A Cheer Squad
Surround yourself with people that support you, want to see you succeed, and share the same goals as you. Instead of being friends that go for coffee, be friends that go for a power walk or a yoga class instead.
8: Embrace The Morning
Mornings can be crazy and hectic with schoolbags, lunchboxes, finding shoes and delivering breakfasts. But take a little time before the craziness begins to slot in your exercise. Get up half an hour before everyone else and go for a run, or do a quick workout. You will get to exercise in peace and feel energised for the day.
9: Set Goals
Don’t just tell yourself that you want to lose weight, then get disappointed because you haven’t dropped 20kg yet. Set yourself an end goal with a timeline, like ‘I want to lose 20kg in a year’. Then, break your goal down so that you know what you need to achieve in a month. By making it measurable, you can track how you are doing and see progress.
10: Get The Kids Involved
Kids have bags of energy just waiting to be burned. Choose some fun activities that you can all do as a family. Go for a hike, go on a scavenger hunt, run and have the kids chase you on their bikes, or have family sports tournaments. Get them involved in meal preparation too. This allows them to get excited for a variety of foods, not just chicken nuggets. You will also be teaching them good nutrition habits for the future.
Trying to lose baby weight can be tricky, so it is important to prioritise feeling good over looking good. The amazing thing is, if you start to feel good then you will automatically look good too. How you ask? Because you will radiate health and happiness from within. You will have more energy, and be ready to tackle life head-on!
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