15 September 2017

Overnight Skinny – The Do's and Don'ts

Having a baby means accepting many changes that happen along the way, and, surprise, surprise, your body changes too. Of course, while you can't and you don't want to return your life to the stage it was in before you had a child, you probably want your body back. However, changes in mass and shape are only natural, and while you should, by all means, embrace motherhood in all its beauty, you still can get your body in shape and be satisfied with how you look. Is there a chance to become skinny overnight? Probably not. Good things happen to those with patience. But we are here to discover the secrets of fast, but healthy weight loss.

DO: Eat more small portions

You might think that you're doing your body a favor by eating only one big meal a day, but that is not true. You will accomplish much more by having four to six smaller portions each day because this will keep your metabolism in check and your sugar levels stable. Also, these meals will keep your tummy full throughout the day, so you won't reach for unhealthy snacks.

DON’T: Starve yourself

Starvation seems like the most logical way to lose weight, but is it really? Skipping meals actually slow down your metabolism, and makes even the smallest and the healthiest meal a burden for your body. Also, you will probably feel uncomfortable and deprived of energy all the time, which will lead to decreased productivity and various other problems, especially if you are breastfeeding.

DO: Drink enough of water

Some people think that drinking a lot of water actually adds up to the body’s total mass. However, keeping the body well hydrated will not only help the stomach feel full, but it will also improve your metabolism and make you less likely to give in to unhealthy snacks.

DON’T: Trust fad diets

Magazines and the web are full of fad diet programs which require unreasonable restrictions from certain kinds of foods, and illogical meal schedules. This approach can prove to be effective only short-term, but in most of the cases, the pounds just come bouncing back. A well-balanced diet which includes all the important nutrients is the best (even though the longest) and the most long-term road to a great body.

DO: Search for healthy shortcuts

Fad diet programs and various diet pills can promise you short-term results, but they usually take a toll on your health. However, there are some weight loss shortcuts which can't hurt your health in any way, but they can speed up your return to the previous form. Treatmentssuch as body sculpting don’t use harmful chemicals, but they are still helpful in removing troublesome pockets of fat and loose skin that often happen after labour.

DON’T: Over-exercise

We get it, the sooner you get rid of the pounds, the better. And exercising is the most logical and the healthiest way to do it. Still, over-exercising and pushing your body too much can be unproductive. Instead, you should stick to burst training that last for about twenty minutes, and complement them with strength training several times a week.

DO: Choose your food well

Is it better to eat one piece of bacon or one portion of nuts? The latter one is, of course, much healthier. What you eat matters just as much as how much you eat. When choosing your food, always decide for healthier options. Avoid sugar, fat and high-processed food, and choose vegetables, nuts, whole grains and lean proteins.

Getting back your confidence after giving birth is difficult, but it is important to take it one step at a time and to not expect overnight results. You can do whatever is in your power to speed up the results, just as long as you don’t jeopardise your health.

Written by Brigitte Evans  


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