By Rachel Hubbard
The word “diet” has such negative connotations that it is time to ditch it forever; but, with school starting, most moms cannot wait to develop some healthy new habits which might help them to lose a few pounds as well. Let the school year mark a new beginning and use these creative ideas to shape up and feel better in just a few weeks.
Make the Most of Movements
Movement burns calories whether it is called exercise or not. Through making the most of ordinary activities, we can ramp up our calorie burn rate without adding additional time to our days. The following suggestions may not seem like much when taken individually, but they can make a huge difference in the amount of calories burned in a week’s time.
• Lift weights or heavy cans or do deep knee bends while talking on the phone.
• Use resistance bands or weights when playing the waiting game in doctor’s offices, while on the phone, or when watching a child’s soccer practice.
• Always take the stairs, whether at home or while running errands; and, if time permits, run up and down two or three times.
• Use the weight of groceries as a means of building muscles by lifting them up and down as they are transported from the vehicle to the cabinet. Do the same with the laundry basket on the way to the utility room.
• Make a game of trying to increase the heartbeat when sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, or dusting by doing some speed cleaning – listening to some upbeat music will make this more fun!
• While playing with babies or younger children, use their weight to strengthen arms and legs by lifting and lowering them slowly from one position to another.
• Stretch for five minutes before even getting out of bed in the morning.
• Work in a visit with a friend by meeting at a local park to walk and talk, rather than meeting for a coffee.
Become a Food Fanatic
Food is not the enemy, but controlling food choices is sometimes difficult. It is important for moms wishing to lose weight to have healthy food available in a short period of time. The house should be cleared of snacks that are loaded with sugar, fat and calories to make food decisions easier. The following ideas will also help those trying to get their food consumption under control.
• Eat out of smaller bowls and plates to make portions appear larger.
• Portion out snacks of fruits and vegetables in plastic bags and keep readily available at all times.
• Try at least one new low calorie recipe out on the family each week.
• Buy no oil for cooking, and use only olive oil in small amounts for flavor.
• Slowly add more foods with high fiber content to the diet, especially whole grains.
By using a free weight loss calculator to set your personal targets, and setting a goal to work on these healthy habits during the next few weeks, the effects will be noticeable to everyone. Higher energy, a trimmer figure, and glowing skin will reward moms who make the effort to incorporate these small changes into their daily routines.