Between the weight of the baby, placenta, extra blood and other variants, you are going to have extra weight during and/or after pregnancy. How much weight? The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG ) recommends a woman should gain no more than 25 to 35 lbs, but that also depends on a woman's' basal metabolic index (BMI), if they are over/under weight to begin with and other factors. However, many women over shoot these numbers.
Two best ways to avoid excessive postpartum weight
It's a well known fact that walking is one of the best ways to begin an exercise program, and to lose weight. It's easy, free and is done from anywhere in the world. The equipment involved is nothing more than your mind, body, sunblock, a good pair of walking shoes and comfortable clothes. There you have it.
Now get to it double time!
Have you weighed yourself lately? Today? Yesterday, or last week? How many times have you stood on the scale waiting for it to deliver great news, only to be disappointed? Do you ever wonder what your scale really offers?
These days anyone interested in nutrition has used or heard of online weight loss journal programs. Or maybe you haven't, and not sure where to look?
Over the years, I have learned that clients willing to use fitness tools always show the most progress. What is the best fitness and weight loss tool?
If you are looking at this website because you want a healthier lifestyle; good for you! You've already taken the first step to change your life. Although the choice to live a healthy lifestyle is more than researching the Internet; you are headed in the right direction.
Healthy lifestyle changes involve exercise and good nutrition. Exercise? Weight lifting? Losing weight? Does it scare you? Some dread weight lifting or changing their nutrition program. Nightmares of lifting heavy weights and becoming an oversized, square jawed "neanderthal" is enough reason for many to shun exercise.
Maybe you had a personal trainer, and it was the worst exercise experience in history? They trained you so hard during the first session that you did not go back. Perhaps you were out of shape and the simplest exercises created soreness, fatique and humility?
Don't give up
Regardless, don't quit. Try new exercise approaches such as spin classes, MMA training, aerobics classes, Zumba or beach boot camp. Find other ways to add healthy lifestyle changes to your busy schedule. If you're still debating; ask yourself these questions.
Break free from the misconceptions
People commonly misconceive healthy lifestyles as one that involves food deprivation and excessive exercise. Or, there is the notion that you must be a bodybuilder to enter a health club. Unfortunately, misconceptions like these are caused by the hype of numerous fad diets, propaganda and marketing strategies from large corporations in the health & wellness and fitness industry.
Luckily, they are misconceptions.
However, being healthy is harder than it looks. Like anything else; it takes work to stay healthy. Instead of believing the misconceptions dedicate a few days a week to exercise. Create a healthy nutrition program to reduce your chances of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high cholesteral, as well as to lose weight.
Lisa M. White
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