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Trim your Tummy - Boost Your Metabolism

Jul 15, 2008
If only we could all be blessed with perfect metabolisms, the diet and fitness industries would be small fish in the big sea of commerce. But life is not that way and Moms have to see to it that they burn the baby fat because it is the first important step towards a healthy lifestyle for them and their family. Moms can get their pre-pregnancy bodies back by focusing on increasing their metabolism with a few "natural" tricks to the trade.

It is easy to ignore the fact that every single cell in our body is a part of us. How we assist the biochemical symmetry that goes on inside of us to keep us alive has a huge impact on our success in losing pregnancy weight and keeping the weight off. An important piece of this "symmetry" is our metabolism. It is responsible for controlling the efficiency at which our bodies can utilize our energy to keep you the busy Mom that you are. You can get on the road to proper weight management by boosting your metabolism with the following actions.

Eat to Live

You teach your children to eat healthy so it's assumed that you will lead by example. Wanting to lose your tummy involves fueling your body with foods that require more energy to digest them than the energy it receives from them. This extra energy expenditure helps to increase your metabolism and keep it going on "active" mode instead of on "conservation" or resting mode when we skip meals.

It's time to start eating foods high in fiber and high in protein to get you en route to getting your metabolism up and the fat down. Because how you fuel your body can make or break your workout efforts and results. Thus, it is of great importance to execute an effective fat burning meal plan into your weekly menu.

Maximize your Effort will maximize your Fat Loss

Wouldn't it be great to have a workout session that could burn the baby fat at minimum cost to your precious time? Well, you can burn the fat effectively with a 15-minute workout done in intervals. Interval training is basically repetitively doing an exercise at high intensity with short periods of rest or low intensity after each set. Studies show that this method of training is more effective at burning body fat compared to just training at a low to moderated level of intensity for the same time period. Varying the intensity of your workout makes your body burn more calories because it has to work harder.

Strength Training builds lean muscles

Losing pregnancy weight to get a lean and toned body includes more than just cardiovascular workouts. You need to include some strength training into your workout routine so that you can start to re-build your muscle mass to become toned and lean. The more muscle you have, the more fat you will lose.

You can trim your tummy and the rest of your body so that you look toned in a bikini with a few free weights and an exercise ball. The advantage of resistance training is that you can complete a workout within 30 minutes at home. Also because muscle burns fat and you are building back your lost muscle tissue, you will be able to increase your resting metabolic rate and burn more calories to lose the fat.

Keep on Moving

One would think that all the running around that a Mom does would make her lose pregnancy weight fast, but this is not the case. Try to expand your physical fitness to include your family by encouraging them to participate in more physical activities. Take a power walk with the baby in the mornings or go play some basketball with your son or daughter or you could take a family bike ride on a Saturday afternoon. The possibilities are endless and the time spent with loved ones priceless.

Your metabolism is the biological key to sustaining your weight after losing the baby fat. By living a healthy lifestyle that includes balancing your time for your mind, body, soul and your loved ones, you will become successful at being the fabulous woman that you are.
About the Author
Before you try another quick-fix diet to burn the baby fat, make sure to check out Teresa Brown's blog on how you can lose pregnancy weight fast and keep it off.
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