Continuing on your diet can be a challenge for anyone, but for a busy working mom, the challenges can be exceptionally harder. A busy lifestyle can make it difficult to hit the gym for a daily workout, prepare meals ahead of time, or even remember to pack your lunch for work each day. Being in a rush can make it hard to stick to your diet when it’s so easy to grab something at the drive. Here are some of tips and tricks from other busy women that can assist you staying on your diet in spite of all the inclinations
Don’t try to save time by grabbing a bite to eat or snacking at your desk while you work. No matter how in a hurry you are, take the time to eat like a civilized human being, to quote my mom. Have your meal by putting food in a plate. You’ll eat less and feel fuller and you won’t feel the urge to snack because you haven’t eaten all day.
Just cook what will be eaten. Ignore all those housewife items that suggest cooking for tomorrow to save time. Cook one serving per person at each meal. This way you will avoid the temptation to finish off leftovers and teach your family healthy eating habits.
Wake up early so that you can have breakfast at home. The morning rush to get ready can be 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 lot more calories with mid-morning outings to the snack machine, or battling the jaded all morning. Load up on easy foods for breakfast. A piece of fruit, a pot of yogurt and a slice of toast is a healthy and balanced start to the day.
Most diets suggest that you drink at least eight ounce glasses of water per day. If the thought of drinking half a liter of water makes you nauseous, there are ways to make it more appealing. Fill up on flavored bottled water in the fridge at work and keep a chilled one on your desk. At home, float lemon slices or mint sprigs in a crystal pitcher. There are no added calories, but oh what a difference in presentation and flavor!
Trying to lose baby weight can be disappointing. You want to get it off as quickly as possible but your body may not be cooperative. 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 put it in survival gear, making it even more difficult to lose extra weight. Instead of fighting your body’s natural tendency to store nutrition for the baby, eat healthy portions and increase your activity level. And if you are breastfeeding, remember that your body needs 1000 more calories per day than usual. Don’t skimp, you will simply convince your body that it is starving.
Use the buddy system for moral support. Making a pact with a friend to exercise together makes it a lot easier sticking to your resolution. Instead of hanging out with friends for lunch, challenge your friends to a game of tennis or take a walk in the park together. Remember that a healthy, active lifestyle and a nutritious diet are the real keys to permanent weight loss. Choosing a diet that is right for your lifestyle will make it easier to lose weight and keep it off for good.