Winning at Post-Natal Weight Loss: Six Simple Strategies for New Moms — Part 3

Written by Susan Peach

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Remember though that moderation in your exercise program isrepparttar key. Even if you bounce back quickly from your baby’s birth and are feeling very energetic, be sure to start slowly and increase your exercise level gradually. Too much too soon can set you back by causing you to feel exhausted later on inrepparttar 131317 day. This can lead to grouchiness or a bout ofrepparttar 131318 baby blues, neither of which will motivate you to continue exercising! Rememberrepparttar 131319 old adage, “always leave ‘em wanting more.” This should be your fitness mantra inrepparttar 131320 first few postpartum months. In other words, stop before you’ve had enough and you’ll be more likely to continue with your fitness programrepparttar 131321 next day.

6) Wear your baby often. Using a sling or carrier to keep baby close duringrepparttar 131322 day will make your baby happier, plus it will give you a little extra weight to pack around as you do your daily chores and activities. It may not seem like much, but as your baby grows you’ll be increasingrepparttar 131323 amount of weight you’re carrying while you go about your daily routines. And that adds up to extra weight loss for you.

Instead of using a stroller when you take a walk, put baby inrepparttar 131324 carrier. Instead of putting her in a swing or rocking seat, rock her to sleep in your arms or in your baby carrier while you stand and gently bounce to and fro. When you go torepparttar 131325 grocery store, carry her in a sling instead of putting her inrepparttar 131326 shopping cart. In fact, if you’re lucky enough to live within walking distance of your grocery store, you can even make this a daily outing to pick up a few items each time. Your baby will enjoyrepparttar 131327 extra closeness of being in a sling or carrier as you do laundry, tendrepparttar 131328 garden, or even take some time out for a hobby like bird watching. Babies in our society seem to spend so much time strapped into various pieces of equipment. Most will loverepparttar 131329 opportunity to be closer torepparttar 131330 person they most adore—you!

The bonus for mom is that extra weight to carry equals extra calories burned. Overrepparttar 131331 course of a year this can add up to significant weight loss, in a very healthy way for all concerned. Depending on how often you carry your baby, and how much she weighs, you can easily burn an extra 100-200 calories a day just by carrying her along for part of your day. Anytime you’re onrepparttar 131332 go, try to carry your baby with you and you’ll be gettingrepparttar 131333 benefit ofrepparttar 131334 increased calorie burn that comes with packing around an extra 10, 15, or 20 pounds.

And there you have it, six painless ways to lose those extra pregnancy pounds effortlessly and without stress. Remember, your baby won’t be small for long so try not to get too preoccupied with weight loss. If you eat well most ofrepparttar 131335 time, get some moderate exercise on a regular basis, and followrepparttar 131336 rest ofrepparttar 131337 tips in this article series, you’ll get back in shape with hardly a second thought.

Susan Peach is a retired La Leche League Leader, a dance and fitness instructor, and mother to two teenage boys. She is also the creator of Mambo Moms, a fun and gentle Latin dance based fitness program that helps new moms get back in shape while spending quality play time with their babies. Find out more at

Tips to Help You Lose Excess Fat

Written by Anthony Ellis

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Remember that you cannot spot reduce!

What I mean by this is that you can't pick and chooserepparttar areas that you would like to loserepparttar 131314 fat and do exercises that work those areas expectingrepparttar 131315 fat to just magically disappear in those areas. Your body does not work that way. The only way to decreaserepparttar 131316 amount of fat in certain key areas is by lowering your total body fat levels.

As you lose fat, it will come off all over your body, not just in specific areas. If you follow a complete diet and weight training program for at least 12 weeks, you will begin to see dramatic changes occurring with your body, and I'm not just talking aboutrepparttar 131317 obvious physical changes, I'm also talking aboutrepparttar 131318 psychological and physiological changes.

You can expect lower body fat (of course), increased muscle mass, increased metabolism, increased sense of well-being, more energy, lower bad cholesterol level, increased good cholesterol level, decreased risk of heart disease, deeper more restful sleep and most important, increased self-confidence.

To be successful, your fat loss program should includerepparttar 131319 following:

* A calorie restrictive diet, which requires you to eat no less than 12x and no more than 15x your LEAN bodyweight in calories.

* Regular cardiovascular activity for at least 30-45 minutes 3-4 times per week. Some recommend a moderate pace while other recommend a vigorous pace -- it doesn't really matter as long as you are exercising.

* Weight training.

* Supplementing your diet with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Vitamin C, L-glutamine, and a good multi vitamin arerepparttar 131320 bare essentials.

* Adequate dietary fat, including high amounts of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-6 and Omega-3).

* Regularly monitor your progress. If you don't track your progress you won't know if your diet program is working! Looking inrepparttar 131321 mirror or just relying onrepparttar 131322 scale is NOT adequate. Here's a great composition tracking software that I highly recommend

It will let you know exactly if what you are doing is working.

* Finally, make sure thatrepparttar 131323 program you decide on is compatible with your lifestyle and schedule.

You can haverepparttar 131324 greatest program inrepparttar 131325 world, but if you cannot implement it then it is worthless. There are thousands of fat loss diets and workouts that will work, butrepparttar 131326 hard part is finding one that works for you andrepparttar 131327 specifics of your diet and schedule restraints.

Fitness Consultant Anthony Ellis has helped thousands of individuals lose fat and build more muscle. To read more about his fat loss recommendations please check out his site at

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