We know diets don’t work long-term yet it can be hard not to get pulled into the latest weight loss craze.
How to lose weight as a mum?
Let’s face it losing weight once you are a mum (and the years have crept by faster than you can believe) can be hard work and it is often an occasion or the thought of being in our swimsuit on holiday that inspires us to lose those extra kilos. We want it off fast so it can be tempting to buy into a weight loss program that promises we will lose 10 kilos in 10 days. But the reality is these quick fix programs are not sustainable or healthy and more often than not the weight piles back on (that’s if we can stick to the strict program in the first place!)
I am passionate about helping Busy Mums lose weight (and, more importantly, MAINTAIN a healthy weight) in a sustainable way without restrictive dieting, counting calories or eliminating pleasure.
How to lose weight as a mum……………………
It’s all in your language and mindset
How many times have you started a new health kick, been all motivated for all of a couple of days and then given it all up because it is too hard? When we deprive ourselves and use phrases such as “I should”, “I must” and “I can’t” feelings of restriction and guilt arise. As soon as we tell ourselves we should be doing something we are really telling ourselves is we are not doing things well enough and we “should” be doing them some other way.
We are all rebels at heart so when we are told we can’t have sugar or we must not eat that we feel a strong urge for those very things! “I could” and “I choose” are much more positive and helpful phrases to use. “I could go to the gym”, rather than “I should go to the gym”. “I choose to eat a big salad every day” because it makes me feel good rather than “I can’t have a piece of cake because I am on a diet”, see the difference? The language you use both in your own head and when communicating with others has a profound effect on how successful you will be with any goal in life including reshaping your body.
Count Nutrition not Calories
Counting and focusing on calories is not a healthy or sustainable approach to food. Focus instead on consuming food that nourishes your body nutritionally. Food is our fuel, it is our friend, not our enemy! Let’s have a look at a nutritionally rich green smoothie, containing fresh fruit, coconut milk, chia seeds and spinach, which contains close to 400 calories. Compare that to a can of diet soft drink that has 0 calories. Which is better? The can of soft drink contains no calories but no nutrition either? The artificial sweeteners (chemicals) will leave us craving sugar leading to unhealthy food choices. The smoothie, however, will fill us up and satisfy us nutritionally for hours. I know which I would choose!
Focus on what’s IN the food not what it is free of
Most people look for the health stamps on the front of a food packet to determine whether that food is a good choice when they are trying to lose weight. Food manufacturers are tricky and know people are time poor so they put big stamps that stand out saying LOW FAT or SUGAR-FREE and we assume this means it is a healthy choice. Not so! If it is low in fat it is probably loaded with sugar and if it’s sugar-free it is likely to have chemical sweeteners in it.
So instead of focusing on what a food is free of focus instead on what the food does contain by going straight to the ingredient list and ignoring any health claims. Better still focus on fresh foods that don’t have labels and you know you will be guaranteed of making a healthy choice.
Love your Guts
Your gut may be the most overlooked part of your body when it comes to reshaping your body. I’m not referring to the gut that hangs over your jeans here, I’m talking about your all important internal gut health.
The health of our gut impacts our body shape in a number of ways, here are a few of the big ones
- The balance of our good and bad bacteria within our gut has a big impact on our neurotransmitter production which affects our mood. In very simplistic terms an unhealthy gut equates to a bad mood. What do we do when we are feeling low? Eat comfort food on the couch, sleep for longer than we should, lack motivation. Not exactly the formula for a healthy body.
- Compromised gut function leads to a build up of toxins in our bodies which can inhibit weight loss in a number of ways. These toxins can affect our thyroid health, hormone balance and nutrient levels all which can affect our body shape further.
- Certain strains of unhealthy bacteria have been linked to increased fat storage, diabetes, insulin resistance and obesity. This means people who have high levels of these unhealthy bacteria can eat the same amount of food as someone with a healthy gut and gain more weight.
The best way to enhance the health of our gut (and make it easier to lose weight) is to nourish it with fresh, fibre rich vegetables, fermented foods and other gut-friendly foods.
If you are tired of diets and deprivation and crave a sustainable way to lose weight without restrictive dieting, counting calories or eliminating pleasure Register for my FREE WEBINAR on Tuesday 18th October – Reshape Your Body with Real Food here