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Moms can Lose Weight after Giving Birth the Practical Way

Jul 17, 2008
A new Mom's main priority is taking care of her baby and her family but she always has the priority to lose weight after giving birth lurking in the wings. Unfortunately, this priority can be put on hold or delayed if she has the following misconceptions regarding weight loss.

Losing pregnancy weight can be challenging for a busy Mom. What if you have been committed to losing the weight and after all the hard work and sacrifice, you end up not getting the expected results and decide to "throw in the towel"? You will have to assume that something was not quite right or that something was missing. It's time to right some of your wrongs and find the missing link.

1. Cardio exclusively is not the answer to weightloss.

Cardio does burn calories but it does not tone your muscles. Instead it increases the stamina of your heart and leg muscles and your lungs. This is a good thing and should not be abandoned. However, too much cardio can stagnate the progression of your weight loss because your body gets used to the energy demands to complete your routine 45-minute run.

Why not make cardio worth your time and effort? You can make it work for you to burn the baby fat by doing cardio interval training. Cardio intervals keeps you moving at varying intensities within a shorter time frame to keep your heart rate and metabolism up. For example, changing the pace at which you run for 30 minutes will challenge your body more than running at the same pace for 60 minutes on a treadmill.

2. Weight training is good, very good.

As they saying goes, "if you don't use it, you'll lose it" and the same applies to our muscles. And to make things worse, our muscles naturally deteriorate as we age. However, we can re-build our "unused" muscle mass to get our muscles lean and toned if we include some resistance strength training into our workout routine. Resistance training is the strength training that is used to tone and strengthen your muscles.

Many women are under the misconception that weight training results in bulky muscles. This is not true due to the physiological and hormonal differences between men and women and the type of strength training that is done. In addition, to bulk up your muscles requires more than just lifting weights because it also involves a huge caloric intake of mainly protein and complex carbs. So unless you are going to eat over 5,000 calories each day, take anabolic steroids and undertake bodybuilding strength training, then you have nothing to worry about.

It would be to your advantage to incorporate weights in your workout routine. When you tone and strengthen your muscles, you will be essentially increasing the "fat burning" capability of your body. It will increase your metabolism, burn the baby fat and reduce your waist size, lower your body mass index and give you more energy to feel and look fabulous.

3. Weight training is Practical.

Who wouldn't want the option of being able to workout at home? Resistance training enables you to this luxury because a typical workout can be as simple as using an exercise ball to do crunches or dumbbells to do lunges. As along as you are using an external form of resistance, you are burning the calories and working your muscles. You should learn how to execute each exercise before you begin any form of training.

Gym memberships can be taxing on the family budget and on your time. Your best bet would be to workout at home. This is possible with a resistance workout because it requires any type of external resistance, whether it is elastic, water, free or body weight, to work your muscles. It will not only save you money but it will save you time as well because a workout lasts no more than 20 minutes.

The methods to lose weight after giving birth can be quite simple but the difficulty lies in staying motivated and disciplined. Eating right and including strength training for your muscles will result in you losing the baby fat more quickly, increasing your metabolic rate and essentially resulting in a healthier you.
About the Author
Teresa Brown is a dedicated advocate for women's health and wellness. For more information about losing the baby fat and on losing pregnancy weight the healthy way for the long run, visit Teresa's blog.
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