weight loss tips

10 easy weight loss tips

Sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact. We have 10 super easy weight loss tips for you to try out – all so do-able you will hardly notice (until the pounds start falling off!)

1. Walk it off

Even if you don’t have the time or energy to start a full-blown workout schedule, you can begin with short 10- to 20-minute walks. Even pushing your baby in a stroller gets you out and moving – which can positively affect your overall mood as well.

2. Don’t finish the food on your kids’ plates

I know, you hate to waste those last bites of food, but don’t eat them yourself. Over time, those extra bites can translate into extra pounds.

3. Focus on your overall health

Being healthy is more important than the number on the scale. If you’re living an unhealthy lifestyle, gradually changing to a healthier one can have a huge impact on your weight.

4. Nourish yourself

When you’re a new mother, your body needs maximum nutrition, so immediately dropping your caloric intake to an unreasonable level isn’t healthy, and may actually cause you to gain weight. Instead, keep healthy, nutrient-rich snacks (e.g. carrots and hummus) handy and nibble away when you feel hungry. This way, you’re filling up with foods that are light in calories and fat but keep you feeling full longer.

5. Don’t deny yourself

Some days, you really need that bar of chocolate and all the fat and sugar it contains. It’s okay to treat yourself, just don’t make it a daily habit. Weight-loss experts say it over and over again – moderation is key.

easy weight loss tips

6. Cut out the fizz

Carbonated drinks, even the diet variety, can pack on the pounds. Yes, it has caffeine (which many mums need desperately) but cutting it out completely is an easy way to lose those extra pounds.

7. Set achievable goals

Be realistic about how much weight you can lose, and how much (if any) you need to lose. Remember, a healthy body mass index is good; a skeletal frame is not healthy.

8. Eat more vegetables

It’s almost impossible to eat too many veggies. And the more of the healthy stuff you eat, the less room you’ll have in your stomach for high-calories snacks.

9. Play with your kids

As mums, we have one of the best weight-loss tools ever at our disposal – active kids who are always ready to dance or play and chase around the house.

10. Remember the big picture

Weight loss can be hard when your kids are still little, because you usually have more pressing concerns than your figure. It can be frustrating when you can’t fit into your skinny jeans right now, but remember, this doesn’t mean you never will!

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Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….


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Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.