Tried-and-tested tips from a mum who gained 28kg during pregnancy and shed it all in six months.
For mums and mums-to-be, regaining your post-pregnancy figure is probably one of your top few concerns.
For sensible advice that doesn’t involve crash diets or extreme workout regimes, pick up 18 Again – Bringing Out The Sexy Fit Mummy In You (www.mumsinsync.com). This book is written by Kareen Lai, personal trainer and founder of Mums In Sync, a company that offers fitness and nutrition programmes for mothers.
In the book, Kareen details her weight loss journey after piling on an astounding 28kg during pregnancy. Wanting to shed kilos fast, she signed up for slimming centre programmes and generic gym sessions, but found that they did not work for her. With a background in fitness education, Kareen decided to take matters into her own hands by coming up with her own diet and workout plan. After six months, she found herself at 53kg – lighter and leaner than she was before pregnancy.
Here are some of the key takeaways.
Diet plays a bigger role than exercise.
It’s worth remembering that no matter how much or how hard you exercise, the bulge will stay put if you continue to eat whatever junk food you like. (Also read: 8 Easy Ways to Curb Your Late Night Cravings)
What you eat is more important than the number of calories consumed.
In her book, Kareen dedicates a chapter to eating nutritionally. Her point is, don’t be fixated on counting calories. Be sure to swop processed foods for whole foods whenever possible. The rationale: Besides being more superior in nutrients, whole foods take a longer time and more energy to be broken down and digested by the body.
Do compound exercises instead of isolation ones.
To maximise fat loss and calorie burn, move away from static moves that work a single muscle group, like bicep curls and crunches, to compound exercises that work several muscle groups at once, like squats and burpees. The logic is simple: You expend more energy doing compound exercises, which allow greater calorie burn in a given amount of time.