Month: March 2016

Instagram Inspiration – The Body Coach

Famous for his Lean in 15 recipe and exercise videos, Joe Wicks has taken the UK by storm. His method – healthy recipes and high intensity workouts that will only take you 15 minutes. He started posting 15 second videos on YouTube showcasing his speedy yet healthy recipes, and then moved onto 15 minute exercise demonstrations. This personal trainer has helped hundreds dramatically change their body shapes and his Instagram is well stocked with inspiration to help you lose weight healthily. Why not take a peak for yourself – search The Body Coach.

How Celeb Mums Lose their Post-Baby Weight

Ever wondered how those gorgeous celeb mums shift their post-baby weight? I’ve been pondering the same question, so here’s what I’ve found out about some of our most glamorous mummies and how they shifted the pounds after having a baby.

How did Beyonce lose her post-baby weight?
Answer: Healthy eating and dancing like a crazy!

In an interview with Shape magazine, Beyonce puts her post-baby weight loss down to healthy eating and dancing – a lot! Her motivation was an upcoming show (just 3 months after giving birth) and she was determined to look her best for it. While she achieved her goal, she did regret having such a short time frame in which to lose the weight and the pressure that came with it.

What we can learn from Beyonce?
Healthy eating is key and finding an activity that you can incorporate into your everyday routine is a great way to shift unwanted pounds.

How much weight did Beyonce gain during her pregnancy?
Beyonce gained 57lbs during her pregnancy and I’m sure you’ll agree that she looked beautiful before, during and after her pregnancy.

How did Kim Kardashian lose her post-baby weight?
Answer: Atkins diet and hitting the gym

Mum of two, Kim Kardashian, is on a mission to lose her post-baby weight after giving birth to her second child, Saint. She’s already proven to be more than capable of losing post-baby weight; after she shifted the pounds she gained when carrying her gorgeous baby girl North. This time round, she’s keeping fans in loop via social media and her app.

What can we learn from Kim Kardashian?
Keeping fit plays an important part in losing post-baby weight and using your social media accounts to declare your mission to lose weight, is a great incentive to stick to your plan. With all eyes watching (and thankfully we don’t have millions of followers like Kim, just our closest pals) it makes you feel more accountable.

How much weight did Kim Kardashian gain during her second pregnancy?
Kim Kardashian gained 52lbs while carrying her second child, Saint West.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll explore how Adele, Kourtney Kardashian, Davina McCall, Jessica Ennis and Holly Willoughby lose their post-baby weight.

5 Steps to Your Pre-Baby Body

Getting back in shape after having a baby is no small feat. If time to exercise and knowing what to eat was tricky pre-baby, post-baby can be even harder and more of a minefield. How do you fit it all in? Here are some steps that have helped me a little and I hope you find them useful.

1. Use nap and bedtimes to your advantage. When you’re little one is asleep, spend some of that time exercising and planning what healthy meals and snacks you can eat that day or week. Visit YouTube for at home workout ideas (no equipment necessary and can be done in any living room), or download some free apps for more workout ideas and recipe inspiration. Jot down, whether that’s on paper, on your phone or a tracking app, what healthy foods you could prepare that week. Plan just a day in advance or a full week if the mood takes you! You’re more likely to stay to plan and not pick if you already know what you’re going to eat throughout the day.

2. Include your family as much as possible, especially if it makes it easier for you to be active. Walking is a great and free first step to building your fitness and losing weight. Your little ones can join in too, whether that’s alongside you or in a buggy. Need a little motivation? There are lots of pedometers, tracking devices and free apps you can download to keep a record of your steps. Week on week, see if you can beat your own record. You could also sign up to a mummy and baby exercise class, there are lots of them out there. Alternatively, if it’s too difficult to be more active with your kids, why not ask other family members or friends to look after your children for just 30 minutes while you go for a walk, a class of some sort or do a fitness video at home. You can have a great workout in that time, and it’s not too long for anyone other than yourself to look after the kids!

3. Keep workouts short. You don’t need to spend hours in a gym to burn fat and feel fitter. 10 minutes of yoga everyday, or a 20 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) session will do wonders – turn to online videos, apps, DVDs or books for guidance of what to do.

4. Make online shopping your best friend. Time is precious, so why not buy your food online and keep your kitchen well stocked with healthy snacks and ingredients. Most online supermarkets also have recipe sections tailored to families and where you can simply add all the ingredients needed for the recipe straight to your basket.

5. One pot recipes and healthy finger foods are great for keeping on track with your eating. A one pot recipe allows you to add loads of vegetables to a dish, alongside your favourite meat, fish or pulses. Best of all though, you can leave the dish cooking while you tend to everything else! Alternatively fill your kitchen with healthy finger foods that can make tasty and quick lunches and snacks. Such as wholemeal pitta breads, carrots and houmous.

I’ve always struggled with my weight but before falling pregnant I had just lost the most weight ever. I was serial yo yo dieter and becoming increasingly unhappy with my weight gain. I was a little active but felt at a lost. At that time I joined a weight loss group. I had great success and got to my goal weight in time for my wedding. A few years later I fell pregnant and enjoyed eating for two!

Losing weight this time round is so different, because you don’t have the luxury to just go for a jog or to sleep through the night! These tips have helped me to lose 3 stone since giving birth and i’m still going (I gained 5 stone in total!).

Looking after a baby is challenging work and it’s no 9am to 5pm, you’re on call round the clock. It can already feel as though there are not enough hours in the day, but it is important to have some “me-time” and make sure you’re in fit, fighting shape for yourself and your family. Be sure to speak to your doctor before embarking on any weight loss or exercise regime. Best of luck.

5 things they don’t tell you about giving birth

Spoiler alert…

  1. You still look pregnant after.
  2. Lots of people will say have a curry to encourage labour to start, what they don’t say is that curry combine with everything else going on in your body at this late stage of pregnancy will give you the runs – just saying…
  3. Mums will warn you about being tired and never sleeping again. You’ll laugh it off but it’s no joke once you’re the other side. There needs to be a new word developed to describe new parent tiredness. ‘Hell’ could be an option. This is the kind of tired that will make you feel depressed and emotional! Enjoy your sleep while it lasts!
  4. The love you have your baby is overwhelming, but I also want to be sensitive to those who don’t have this immediate feeling – which is more common than you may think and can sadly come with a lot of guilt. Those I know who experience this to start with have all eventually felt that love everyone talks about. Just thought i’d share that. 
  5. You may fall in love with your midwife. How does she know when you should push, and what will hurt when, and how is she looking so calm when she is obviously staring right into a bloodbath! Oh, and does she or he know how amazing that pain relief just felt. I love you.
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