Weight Problems

Bianca - posted on 05/07/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Its been so hard for me to lose weight after my son was born in August 2013 (c-secrion). I have been walking a lot during the day, dieting and even diet pills. Still nothing, its becoming depressing. Any tips?

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Tanya - posted on 05/08/2014

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I just want to say I know it's hard but you'll get there!

It's taking me way longer than all my friends who gave birth around the same time to loose the weight. I still have 15 pounds to go... it is very annoying... I understand you.

The guest here has you and me great tips!!!

Guest - posted on 05/08/2014

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One other note about hurting yourself. Your weight training doesn't need to be strenuous. Go with light weights (3 to 5 pounds) and higher repetitions. Use your body for resistance by planking, doing squats, and sit ups and push-ups. Skip the bench pressing, and such.

A tip for squats so you don't hurt your knees is to hang on to a bar, chair, or counter top, that is about waist high. Use it to keep yourself from tipping backwards so that you do not have to lean so far forward (which is how most people hurt their knees). This weakens the workout, so you'll need to do a few more repetitions, but I much prefer this method. It also works the butt a little more, and calves and thighs a little less, as opposed to the traditional squat, and butts often go neglected, so that is good too.

Guest - posted on 05/08/2014

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Biking is really not much different from walking unless you are keeping the pace and resistance up pretty high--if you are using an actual bike, find steep hills or add a cart to the back to pull your little one in to add resistance. If you do that, try cutting the walking time in half and add 30 minutes to the biking time. Or, consider running for 45 minutes of your walking hour instead of walking. If you can't run distance yet, try this: Walk for about 5 minutes to warm up, then run for as long as you can--even if it is only 2 minutes (that's were most people start), then walk for another 5 minutes, and run as long as you can. Be CAREFUL when you run, do not run as fast as you can, you should start out running only a tiny bit faster than you walk. Once you can run for the entire 45 minutes you can start gradually getting faster. Give yourself about 2 months to get to the 45 minute run mark, and be patient. Progress will be slow at first, so don't give up if you are still only running for 5 minutes your fourth week in, you will hit a tipping point and suddenly make a lot of progress all at once. (Also, it sort of goes without saying, but make sure your doctor is aware of your workout plans so s/he can make you aware of any issues specific to your body).

The order in which you eat is almost as important as what you eat according to some research (there is some contradiction stuff out there, but this has always worked for me). Focus your first meal of the day on proteins, and if you are going to want fats and oils, this is the time for that too. Lunch can have more carbohydrates, but beware of too many simple carbs because you will get sleepy/tired in a few hours. Salads, fruit, turkey, and chicken are great choices, just make sure you are not dumping a ton of cheese, dressing or mayo on it.....that is my biggest downfall. If you love dressing, switch to a vinaigrette. Dinner should be light, carbs are best served here, just make sure you do some physical activity after dinner--a simple evening walk is great--so they don't sit overnight and turn to fat. Be careful of what you drink, I drink water all of the time, a soda as a special treat once or twice a month. Milk is a good snack if you like it. Keep in mind that most white wines have about 150 calories per glass and no nutritional value, and liquor is about 100 calories per shot. Keep your calorie intake between 1200 and 2000 per day (unless you are especially tall, then 1600 to 2000). It is okay to have a light day every now and again, but keep in mind that having fewer than 1200 calories on a regular basis will slow your metabolism.

Let me know how it goes. I was a fitness coach in a past life, now sahm, so I enjoy helping moms get comfortable in their new bodies. Keep in mind that you will never have your pre pregnancy body back, it will always be different, but often even more beautiful, and you will feel wonderful and healthy, and have energy to play with your little one and chase him around and be an active mommy.

Guest - posted on 05/07/2014

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What do you do besides walk? Just walking is not really a workout that will help you lose weight. It is a great start, and has many benefits, but you will have to do more to see any noticeable weight loss. A combination of walking for 20 minutes or so every day, along with 3 days of weight training, and 3 days of at least an hour of intense cardio each week is a great routine. Leave the 7th day for flex--plan a fun, physical activity like hiking, climbing, biking, whatever or do an extra set of cardio and strength training. Most people can spare 90 minutes a day if they just turn off the TV--this will also cut out a lot of the sedentary sitting or stopping in the middle of physical activity to see what is going on if it is on in the background. Every time you stop, your heart rate, and metabolism go down. Depending on how overweight you are, you may have to add intensity to this workout over time, but for most people it should be enough to get and keep you in shape if you are consistent and persistent.

Also, what does your diet look like? It should be very heavy in veggies, also fruits. It should contain a moderate amount of lean proteins (nuts, beans, lean meats), and be VERY light in oils, carbohydrates and starches, and of course sugars and fats.

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Cathy - posted on 05/09/2014

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Listen, I gained a ton of weight both of my pregnancies.. This time I tried paleo (which ur basically doing) and p90x3. It's only 30 minutes, the first week I couldn't get past the warm up. I didn't write or weighed myself, felt that was the root of my problem.
In the morning I would wear my cross trainers and only take them off after I did the workout.
The modifiers on all the workouts are possible so it's not intimidating! (Unlike insanity)
After the 1st month I seen a huuuuge difference.
Another plus, I have a ton of energy to keep up with my 2 kids. I'm not a p90x3 promoter, just the only thing I actually stuck with. 30 minutes is nothing!!! Good luck!

Bianca - posted on 05/08/2014

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I'm looking foward to it!
I really want to start jogging
And I've learned a lot about detox waters :)
And my pre work out really help with the energy

Bianca - posted on 05/07/2014

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I've been eating a lot of salads, fruits, protein, turkey and chicken breast. I do an hr of walking, 30mins biking and some weight training. I'm just scared to hurt myself.

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