Thursday, March 24, 2011

10 Tips on Losing the Baby Weight

There are many diet and exercise plans that claim to help moms lose weight. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Nutri-System all claim to help moms shed baby weight, as long as they go to meetings, buy their food or sign up for their program in one way or another. What this means is spending extra money on something that you can do for free. There's no need to spend money on something that's free. All you need to do is make simple changes daily and incorporate some form of exercise at least six days a week. What it comes down to is, the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat right and move. It's all a numbers game, in order to lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than you burn each day. Here are a 10 ways to do this and lose about 10 pounds in a month!
(1) Find an online support group for ideas, accountability, advice and encouragement. There are many free
support groups online such as
(2) Swap out peanuts for pistachios or almonds. Almonds have less fat and double the fiber. Thirty pistachios
have only 100 calories and they'll take longer to eat since they have to be cracked open first.
(3) When you're hungry in between meals and craving a snack, reach for protein instead of carbs. It'll keep you
full longer and keep your insulin level from spiking.
(4) Eat smaller meals more often instead of the standard 3 large meals per day. Doing this will keep your
metabolism going throughout the day, essentially burning more calories daily. Eating small meals will also shrink your stomach over time, causing you to need less food to be full in future meals.
(5) Instead of sweets, try to eat grilled sweet vegetables that become sweeter when cooked. Try marinating
butternut squash, carrots or beets in fat free vinaigrette dressing. Grill them on the barbecue or roast them in
the oven for a sweet, smoked taste.
(6) Mix up your workouts. Swim, jog, ride your bike, hike, lift weights and walk throughout the week so your body
does not get accustomed to the same repetitive movements. Doing this will continue to challenge your
muscles and help you improve endurance.
(7) Visit websites such as, and for
free diet and exercise tips. The Daily Plate calculates calories you'll need to eat daily to lose weight and
gives you the nutritional value for virtually any food on the market. Weight Watchers has free recipes and
nutritional information available. At Fitness Magazine's website, you can see their no cost Lose the Baby Weight Plan.
(8) Walk during half of your lunch break at work to add in an extra 15-30 minutes of exercise per day. Walking after eating a meal helps digest food faster and gets your metabolism going.
(9) Drink at least 8 cups of water a day and add more if you exercise regularly. Keeping your body hydrated also speeds up your metabolism, helps digest food faster and improves skin.
(10) Download weight loss apps on your smart phone. There are many free or low cost diet and exercise
applications that give you instant access to information regarding weight loss anytime, anywhere. Livestrong Calorie Tracker is only $2.99 and gives you nutritional information for thousands of foods, including most fast food and restaurant chains. It will also calculate how many calories you are allowed daily to lose weight while taking into account your activity level. Add the exercise you did that day and it will give you extra calories allowed for that day, similar to the Weight Watchers point system.

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