Sticking to your diet can be challenging for anyone, but for a busy working mom, the challenges can be particularly difficult. A busy lifestyle can make it impossible to hit the gym for a daily workout, prepare your meals in advance, or even remember to pack your lunch every day for work. When you’re in a hurry it can be difficult to stick to your diet when it’s so easy to grab something while driving. Here is a collection of hints and tips from other busy women that will help you stay on a diet despite all the temptations.
Don’t try to ‘save time’ eating on the go or snacking at your desk while you work. However in a hurry, take the time to eat like a civilized person , to quote my mother. Set the table, put your food on a plate and eat. You eat less and feel fuller – and you don’t feel like snacking because you ‘haven’t eaten all day long’.
Cook what is eaten. To save time, ignore all those housewife items that suggest you ‘cook for tomorrow’. Cook one serving per person at each meal . That way, you’ll avoid the temptation to eat the leftovers – and teach your family healthy eating habits.
Get up early enough to breakfast at home . The morning rush of preparing can make it tempting to grab something on the way to work or skip breakfast altogether. Do not do it. You’ll end up eating all that saved time – and a whole lot more calories – with mid-morning trips to the snack machine, or battling the blows all morning. Stock up on breakfast foods easily. A piece of fruit, a bowl of yogurt and a slice of toast are a healthy, balanced start to your day.
Most diets suggest that you drink at least eight 250ml glasses of water per day . If the thought of drinking half a liter of water makes you feel nauseous, there are ways to make it more appealing. At work, store flavored water in the fridge and keep one ice cold on your desk. At home, leave sprigs of mint or lemon slices floating in a crystal jug. No calories have been added, but oh what a difference in presentation and taste!
Losing your baby’s weight can be frustrating. You want to take it off as soon as possible, but your body may not cooperate. Keep in mind that your body is designed to feed a child for up to a year after giving birth. Putting it on a starvation diet will kick it into survival gear, making it even more difficult to lose the extra weight. Rather than fighting your body’s natural tendency to store food for the baby, eat healthy portions and increase your activity level . And if you are breastfeeding, remember that your body needs up to 1000 calories more per day than usual. Don’t skimp – you’ll just convince your body it’s starving.
Use the buddy system for moral support. Making a pact with a friend to practice together will make it easier to stick to your resolve. Instead of meeting friends for lunch, challenge your friends to a tennis match , or go for a brisk walk in the park together.
Remember that a healthy, active lifestyle and a nutritious diet are the real keys to permanent weight loss. By choosing a diet that suits your lifestyle, you will make it easier for yourself to lose weight and keep it off for good.<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">