Many moms have a hard time losing the baby weight. Some work out daily and eat clean, but still have little or no results. If that’s your case, you might be doing something wrong. Simple mistakes, such as eating too many carbs or trying to spot reduce fat, can affect your progress. For example, crunches and sit-ups will strengthen your core, but they won’t burn the fat on your arms or back.
So, here are some possible reasons why you’re not losing baby weight:
You’re Doing the Wrong Exercises
Certain exercises are better for weight loss than others. Biceps curls, crunches, triceps dips and other isolation moves are great when used as part of a workout plan, but they won’t help you slim down. Your fitness programme should include compound exercises, such as the deadlift, squat, and bench press. These movements increase metabolic rate, build total body strength, and enhance your balance. For best results, do HIIT afterwards.
You’re Skipping Meals
Starving yourself and skipping meals won’t help you slim down. Over time, your metabolism will slow down and you’ll burn fewer calories. Researchers have found that people who skip breakfast end up eating more calories throughout the day. To keep your metabolism up and running, have a small meal every two or three hours.
You’re Drinking Your Calories
Fruit juices, smoothies, cocktails, alcohol, and soft drinks are packed with carbs. Depending on the ingredients used, a banana smoothie can have over 500 calories. Some cocktails boast 700-800 calories. Fruit juices aren’t better either. It’s easy to consume 1,000 calories a day from beverages alone. If you want to lose stubborn fat, stick to water, unsweetened tea, and sugar free lemonade. Moms with an active lifestyle can have a protein shake before or after exercise.
You’re Eating Too Much
How much you eat can make or break your weight loss efforts. For instance, a tablespoon of peanut butter has over 100 calories. If you eat four or five teaspoons, the calories add up. Don’t expect to lose weight just because your diet is healthy. Portion control is just as important as the foods you eat.
You’re Stressed Out
It’s not unusual for a new mom to be stressed out. When you have to take care of your baby, cook, do house chores, and work out, stress can take a toll on your health. This may affect your ability to lose weight and raise cortisol levels. Try to relax and get more sleep. Find time for yourself and make health a priority.