After my first daughter was born, I was able to so easily lose the baby weight fast. It just seemed to just slide right off within a few short months. Then my second daughter came along, and I never quite seemed to shake it all off again. Now with baby #3 here, I dread looking in the mirror every time I take a shower.
It’s not that I think I’m overweight or hate my body. Really.
I love my post-baby body, and I’m all for acceptance and body positivity.
But for me, seeing myself with all this extra post-pregnancy weight is a reminder that I’ll be out of breath when I get to the top of the stairs. Seeing my body like this makes me sad that I’m so out of shape that running around in the yard with the kids is hard. Even mopping the kitchen floor leaves me sore for days.
I know my body is better than this.
It’s done amazing things… like create and feed tiny humans from scratch!
So, this new (again) momma is going to lose the baby weight fast. I’m taking back my body. I’m not trying to just lose weight for the sake of seeing the pounds drop on the scale. Nope. I’m losing weight because I want to feel healthy again, see my muscles getting stronger, and, the frugal woman I am, not have to buy more clothes.
Cut the Empty Calories
If you’re like me, you drink a good bit of your calories. I am the self-proclaimed soda queen, and I’ll admit that it’s terrible for me… as I drink a Coke. Coffees and even smoothies can be equally damaging to your health. Anything that is liquid and loaded with sugar is something to cut back on.
Though, if you really want to lose the baby weight fast, cut the empty calories completely, and find healthier alternatives like:
CokeCoke Zero Convenience SmoothieHealthy Smoothies for Weight Loss Fancy Coffee(1 Starbucks = Sugar in 3 Cans of Coke) Naturally Sweetened Coffee
Follow Michael Pollan’s Rule of 3
Michael Pollan is one of my favorite people. I find him refreshing, down to earth, and just plain soothing to watch. He stars in a documentary available on Netflix called, Cooked, where he explores the nature of food and our relationship with it.
As a mostly vegetarian, I really identify with his perspective. Not only did I learn a lot about food from all over the world and our culinary roots, but I got one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard about eating better.
Eat good (real) food.
Not too much.
Losing the baby weight fast in this way is not about limiting your calories or creating a binge and crash cycle (where you’ll gain it all back and more). Instead, it’s about changing what you eat and the way you eat it. You’re changing your relationship with food.
No More Cheat Days. Eat What You Want!
If you want it, make it. This mindset has already made it so much easier to lose the baby weight fast without feeling like I’m missing out on the yummy treats I so love. In the documentary I mentioned above, a featured doctor said that you shouldn’t deprive and then reward yourself. That doesn’t create lasting habits. Bluntly, cheat days (even reward days) don’t work. Instead, he says to give yourself permission to eat anything you want whenever you want to eat it.
Craving a piece of cake? Sure!
Dying for a slice of apple pie? Go for it!
But if you want it, you have to make it. Bake that cake or make that pie from scratch. He says it, and I can agree from experience, it’s an almost guarantee that you’ll crave it then skip making the treat and go for a handful of berries or an easy to throw together smoothie instead. Yet, you won’t feel deprived at all. Trust me on this one. You can lose the baby weight fast and still have your cake and eat it, too.
Spread Your Workout Out
There is absolutely no hard and fast rule that says you can only lose the baby weight fast if you cross-fit your way through hour long workout sessions. I mean, if you can do it, kudos to you. You’re a workout boss.
But I’m not that kind of mom.
You can still lose weight quickly by incorporating incremental workouts into your daily routine. The goal is to just get your heart rate up for that length of time. Here’s how I fit a 30 minute workout into my day:
- Shower Takes 5 Minutes for Water to Warm: Squats and Lunges
- Rinsing My Body/Hair in Shower: Kegels and Standing Ab Crunches
- Watching TV: 3, 5 minute Cardio Breaks (Jumping Jacks, Butt Kicks)
- Housework or Dinner Prep: Dance Party Cardio with the Kids!
- Bathtime for Kiddos: Arm Circles and Baby Lifts
Weather permitting, I also try to get a short walk in around the time the kids get picked up from the bus stop. Baby and I just leave a bit early and walk the block before waiting for the older kids and strolling home.
By the way, I totally recommend my super compact (and easy to fold) Graco Aire stroller. It’s nice to not feel like I’m pushing around a baby and a small car.
No matter how you approach your journey to lose the baby weight fast or if you just decide to take it slow, there’s no shame in your journey. The most important thing to focus on is your health.
You’re on this path to feel healthier, but remind yourself that you’re beautiful, amazing, superhuman, and utterly glorious just as you are, too.