Did you know that up to 50 percent of women are dieting at any given time? If you’ve just had a baby, chances are you want to get back in shape and kill off the excess weight you packed on during pregnancy. There are many fad diets out there that are known for being a waste of time, but there are ways you can improve your body in just three weeks. The key is to be smart about it.
Blast Fat With Time You’ve Got
It’s crazy to think you need hours of working out a day to get rid of excess fat, and nearly impossible if you’ve got a baby to look after. Shorter bursts of cardio do the trick. They’re more effective because they’re faster and help you burn more calories in a shorter time. So, choose a cardio workout, such as running, and do one minute of high intensity exercise followed by two minutes of exercise at a slower pace, then repeat. Aim for 30 minutes a day, and if you battle to have 30 minutes to yourself in one go, break the time into smaller installments throughout the day to help you achieve the goal by bedtime.
Stop Calorie Counting
Instead of counting calories in foods, rather focus on the quantity of food you’re eating. The 21-Day Fix Meal Plan, part of the Beachbody 21 Day Fix weight-loss plan, is focused on portion control. Basically, you use color-coded containers for all your food groups: fats, vegetables, fruits, carbs, and so on.
The great thing about this plan is that it removes the hassle of weighing food or counting calories: the containers are based off ounces so if the food fits into them, you can eat the whole container. Obviously, containers for produce will be larger than ones for, say, salad dressings. But knowing you can enjoy the entire container makes you feel like you’re treating yourself, instead of denying yourself with a strict diet. Best of all, you’ll still lose weight because you’re controlling your portions.
Boost Your Mind And Body
Yoga always gets a nod when it comes to being more mindful and losing weight. There’s a good reason why it should be part of your weight-loss plan, even if you’ve never done yoga before. According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, after 10 days of yoga poses and breathing exercises, 51 overweight men who took part in the program lost an average of 1.9 kg.
If you’re starting a program to achieve a beach body, such as the 21-Day Fix, you’ll benefit from the yoga sessions that are included because they help you stay focused on your diet goal. Learning coordinated movements helps boost your attentiveness, erase anxiety, and make you feel more balanced – not just when it comes to your body but feeling on top of things mentally. This is important when you’re working hard on improving your body as it gives you the mental motivation to stay on track.
Listen To Your Body
If your diet is too restrictive or exercise routine too hard to complete, you won’t be able to maintain it for longer than three weeks. The point is that while you’re hoping to see your numbers on the scale drop quickly, you should also keep your eye on the big picture: making a lifestyle change that will keep the pounds off and your body healthy in the long-term.
Always concentrate on your body’s needs. Maybe exercising every day is too much for you. If so, find other ways to incorporate gentle exercise into your weekends while giving yourself a break. Maybe you’re really craving the cookies in the cabinet and feel miserable that you can’t have some. Go on and enjoy a few. Moderation will help you stay on track to achieving your weight-loss goals much more than if you’re punishing yourself. As experts say: it’s not so much how much weight you lose in a certain amount of time, but how you lose it that matters. You want to be healthy, fit, and stay safe.
If you want to lose baby weight fast, there are important diet and fitness tips that can help you shed the kilos. However, it’s always important to focus on the bigger picture so that your diet is good for you.