Losing weight post-pregnancy

It took 9 months to put the weight on and so you won’t loose it in 9 week --...

It took 9 months to put the weight on and so you won’t loose it in 9 week -- RyanMcVay/PhotoDisc/Getty Images.

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Losing weight may be a common New Year’s resolution, but for most women it is a hurdle that can occur anytime of the year after giving birth. Most women tell me that they are thrilled to be moms, can’t imagine what their lives were before having this wonderful child, but would still love to loose a couple of those extra maternity pounds.

To help us get started, I turned to Fitness Consultant Zareh Demirdji. He says the best exercise to begin with is a cardio workout. “Cardio gives you the biggest bang for your buck.” While on your cardio machine, he recommends interval training. For example, instead of running for 15 minutes straight or walking for half an hour, run for a minute, then jog for a minute. Or run for a minute, then walk on an incline for a minute.

When measuring how many calories you should burn, Demirdji says it is different for everyone. He usually recommends burning 250 calories per day, however, this also means that you must take a look at what you are eating and ensure you are eating 250 calories less that day otherwise the cardio will not be effective. “Calorie counting is hard, so if you just try to eliminate 250 calories without calculating everything, this is a bit easier.”

Of course, ab crunches are important to toning the muscles, as are other muscle strengthening exercises.

My personal tip, is to remember that it took 9 months to put the weight on and so you won’t loose it in 9 weeks. Take your time, start a routine you can stick with, and enjoy being a wonderful mom.


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