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Losing the Baby Fat - How to Get Your Body Back

Jun 27, 2008
We live in an image conscious world where the content of your character is mainly judged by how you look. Women know that beauty is more than skin deep, but this makes no difference to the many women who struggle with their weight and image of beauty. Beauty, ladies, starts within you. You can lose the pregnancy weight but it will require some changes in you and how you life your life.

Despite the progress women have made thanks to the Women's Movement, women still buy into the illusion that the media spins about the factors that make a woman the "fairest in the land". Celebrity Moms such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Heidi Klum and Angelina Jolie, who bounce back into their thin pre-pregnancy body within a few months, are portrayed as the "norm" for all Moms. The reality is that the average busy Mom doesn't have the financial means to hire a full-time personal trainer, dietician, personal assistant or nanny to get fit or even thin for that matter. Needless to say that most Moms don't have the time to burn the baby fat plus deal with the demands of a typical day. So what's a Mom to do? You have to find a realistic way to get healthy and lose your tummy.

Moms want to look good and feel great. At least you don't have the pressure to burn the baby fat within a few months just to look skinny in order to avoid ending up on the front cover of the tabloids looking "fat". That's what the Celebes have to worry about and that's their incentive. What's your incentive? You have the advantage of losing the baby fat in a healthy way and keep the weight off for good with a lifestyle program. And that's an excellent incentive.

1. The Big Picture

Any good lifestyle program should have the big picture in place and in your case it is to lose pregnancy weight fast and keep it off. This means that there must be an action plan for you to follow and execute. It also should have the necessary resources to encourage, motivate and educate you on how to achieve and maintain your goal. Most importantly, it must address your weight management in the most holistic way possible by taking into account the psychological factors related to eating as well.

2. Fat Burning Exercises

Whether you are a cardio junkie or not, exercise is good for the body. But in this case you need to do the exercises that will burn the baby fat and get you that lean fit body and into a smaller dress size. All exercises do provide different benefits for the body. Your goal is to trim your tummy. Therefore, you need to combine cardio with some resistance training.

Muscles are fat-burning factories and therefore, the more muscles you have the more calories you will burn. Also building more muscles also increases your resting metabolic rate. The weight training that builds lean muscle is resistance interval training. Resistance training increases the strength and not the size of your muscles. It is the strength training of choice especially when you want to lose your tummy and get a toned, lean body. Your lifestyle program should incorporate both exercises in order to utilize the benefits of both. Remember it is about losing pregnancy weight. Thus, you need to build muscle and hence burn more fat for the long term.

3. The Bonuses

It's all well and good if a lifestyle program includes Bonuses but they need to be of some relevance. Resources such as free daily reports or newsletters that can keep you up to date with current information on fitness, health and nutrition is always useful. Other supplements such as a workout journal, goal setting sheets, pre-done menus and grocery lists, nutrition guides for you and your family can make the difference to keep you on track. But most importantly, a good lifestyle program should have a "real" support system and hence a means of contacting them in the way of a forum, e-mail or blog to share your progress, set-backs or ideas with a community of other busy Moms.

Life after pregnancy has its ups and downs and your pregnancy weight shouldn't be one of downs. It can be a means to propel you and your family on towards a healthier lifestyle. Not only will you be a few dress sizes smaller, but also you will be the better off for it in the long run. A healthier lifestyle will make for a healthy family. After all, the heart and soul of any family is you, Mom. Here's to your health.
About the Author
Ready to get a fit and lean body? Visit Teresa Brown's blog for more tips on how you can burn the baby fat and lose pregnancy weight fast for the long-term.
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