If you are trying to lose weight, it can often seem like an uphill battle – especially when you are a busy mum and have a whole list of other priorities on your list of things to do.
But luckily, healthy eating and losing weight, doesn’t need to be as hard or regimented as many weight loss plans will have you believe. And following a healthy meal plan and doing some kind of exercise on a regular basis will see you feeling healthier and more energised.
Below, we have also listed our top 8 ways to make changes to your diet and lifestyle right now so you can start seeing results and start feeling healthier
1) Swap to wholegrain food products
In the beginning, this might seem hard and you might meet with some resistance from family members– but you and they will get used to it – and even grow to like it.
This means you need to cut out white flour, white bread, white pasta and white rice – and instead replace with wholegrain or wholemeal alternatives.
You could also try swapping out things like pasta and rice for other options like cous cous or quinoa
2) Reduce added sugar in your diet
Added sugar is a hard one and you will find that it’s in a lot of foods. But by being more aware, you can easily reduce your intake. For instance you could switch a low fat strawberry yoghurt for some natural or Greek yoghurt with fresh berries added.
3) Avoid bad fats
While it’s important to consume good fats from sources such as fish, olive oil, avocado and nuts – it’s also key to reduce or avoid bad fats.
The bad ones are fats found in deep fried foods, commercial cakes, chips, chocolate bars, donuts, pastries etc. These are the fats that can hinder your weight loss, make you feel lethargic, and make it hard to keep your skin looking fresh.
Doing regular exercise will help your mood, your fitness, your energy levels and your weight loss.
You could try a daily walk, a couple of segments from The Healthy Mummy exercise DVD, a regular swimming session or fitness class, cycling, yoga or Pilates. Basically anything that gets your heart pumping and helps you break a sweat is a good thing.
5) Reduce alcohol
Alcohol gives you additional calories in your day without giving us nutritional benefit, so it’s an easy change to make to quickly reduce your daily calorie intake
Keep alcohol for the weekends or special occasions, and always remember to stay well hydrated by alternating with sparkling or still water between drinks.
6) Don’t skip meals and snacks
The metabolism is key to losing weight, and it’s important that it’s kept busy through the day with healthy meals and snacks at regular intervals.
If you know you are going to be out, keep some fruit or nuts in your bag so that you don’t get caught out with only muffins and brownies from a café available – here are 20 snack ideas here
7) Cut down on bread
While we don’t suggest cutting bread out when losing weight, it’s a good idea to reduce your portion size if you are trying as too much can crank up your calorie intake
It’s also a good idea to replace traditional white bread with a wholegrain option, as it is a slower release energy food that won’t spike your blood sugar levels.
You can also try Mountain Bread wraps which are a great alternative to traditional white flour wraps.
8) Keep healthy foods on hand
Make life easy by keeping healthy convenience foods on hand so that you can easily pull a meal together.
For instance eggs, tinned tomatoes, cous cous, bags of salad leaves, tinned chickpeas or kidney beans, tinned tuna, portions of frozen cooked brown rice that you can defrost in the microwave.
AND DON’T FORGET to keep checking your BMR and daily energy needs as you lose weight so you are adjusting your calorie intake to account for your leaner body and lower energy needs – you can use our online calculator here
This article was written by Rhian Allen, Founder of Lose Baby Weight and The Healthy Mummy For more motivation, advice, recipes and exercise plans visit http://www.healthymummy.com and for daily motivation join the The Healthy Mummy Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/healthymummy