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Getting the Facts to Lose Weight after giving Birth

Jul 19, 2008
Diet and cardio are the two "staples" that Moms start with when trying to lose pregnancy weight fast. They are the staples that women trust when they need to lose weight. But the times are changing and there is more to the general consensus about one of these staples that meets the eye.

We can easily drown in the sea of information that is available on fitness and health. One needs to find a means of sifting through it all. The following will save you "sifting" time and make your efforts to lose your tummy worth your while.

1. Cardio exclusively is not the answer to weightloss.

Your heart loves cardio because it keeps it healthy and strong. Unfortunately, the rest of your body doesn't benefit as much. Sure your lungs and legs build up endurance but not muscle mass. Have often do you see a body builder running for 60 minutes? Cardio can decrease your muscle mass over time. Muscle tone and fat burning are intricately linked. So if a toned, lean body is your goal then doing too much cardio is not the right thing for you.

For the determined Mom who is trying to burn the baby fat with spending her valuable workout time only doing cardio such as running, the disappointing news is that your body eventually adjusts to the type of cardio that you perform and you will not lose any more weight. This means that your 45 min run 2 months ago would have burned more calories than the same activity today. This is a possible piece of the puzzle as to why you are not getting "there".

2. Weight training is good, very good.

The rate at which our muscles deteriorate increases especially between the ages of 30 and 70. The less you use your muscles, the more likely that it will lose it's density and mass. Losing pregnancy weight will require that you re-build your "shrunken" muscles back to their pre-destined "glory". Thus, your desire to look lean and toned will need the assistance of strength training. The strength training that is tailor made to make you look marvelous is called resistance training.

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.

Resistance training is a good ally to have on your side in the war to lose the pregnancy weight. The techniques for each exercise are easy to master and the equipment is inexpensive. The workouts can be done at home within 20 minutes with very little equipment such as dumbbells or an exercise ball.

Not having to go to the gym is a great incentive for the busy Mom to commit to her workout regiment. Another bonus of a resistance workout is that it only takes between 15 to 20 minutes to complete and there is not expensive equipment needed. You save money and time.

Although exercise is key to losing the baby fat, you need to utilize the most effective exercises to lose weight. By incorporating resistance training into your workout routine, you will reap the most benefits and get back into your skinny jeans sooner than later.
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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