One of the most important driving forces behind weight management is our metabolism. It dictates how quickly or efficiently our body burns or uses energy. However, all women are not created equal and that's also true with regards to our metabolism. The lucky women who have the can-eat-anything-and-never-gain-weight metabolism are sadly in the minority. But the great news is that you can improve your metabolism to lose weight after giving birth and keep the weight off by implementing the following:
We are bombarded these days with information on nutrition. Gone are the days of willful ignorance. Therefore, losing the baby fat involves choosing a diet that includes foods that are high in protein or high in fiber. These fat burning foods increase your metabolism because they make your body spend more energy to digest it. High protein foods such as nuts, eggs, lean meats and fish, and high fiber foods such as whole-grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit should be an important part of your diet. Keep in mind that to get the most benefit, these foods should be prepared and/or eaten in the healthiest or most natural way possible. Including these foods into your everyday diet will help you burn the baby fat and get a healthier body.
High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.)
H.I.I.T. is essentially a workout session in which several exercises are done at maximum effort or intensity for a short time. Each exercise is separated with brief intervals or periods of rest. Studies have shown that H.I.I.T. is more efficient at burning fat and maintaining or building lean muscle mass than cardio training. Cardio training is good for muscle endurance but not for muscle strength. H.I.I.T. also boosts and sustains your resting metabolic rate many hours after your exercise session. In other words, it keeps your metabolism humming even after your workout and this helps you lose the pregnancy weight.
If you want to lose your tummy, get back into your skinny jeans and get more energy, then strength training is right for you. The strength training that will build lean muscle and burn the fat is resistance training. You need to incorporate some resistance strength H.I.I.T. into your workout routine. It's a convenient way to trim your tummy because you don't need expensive equipment or a gym membership to get fit and toned. All you need is your own body weight or a set of free weights to get started. Contrary to what most women think, weight training is not going to bulk you up. Instead it will help to re-develop your muscle density and strength. Remember, muscle is the tissue that burns fat. So in order to lose pregnancy weight fast, you need to get your muscles back into shape thereby increasing your metabolism.
An Active Lifestyle
Mom, you are always busy but it doesn't necessarily mean you are getting adequate physical exercise. Physical activities such as walking the dog, taking a walk in the park, roller blading, swimming with the kids or a family bike ride to the corner store keeps your metabolism humming.
Losing pregnancy weight can be challenging but you can achieve success by improving your metabolism. All you have to do is to be consistent with all of the above and you will certainly lose the weight and be healthier and happier for it. A healthy Mom is a happy Mom.
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