Most moms are either working or are stay at home moms but despite their stressful and busy routines, where they are juggling between a number of things, they are left with unbearable weight gain. Why is that so when they are constantly putting their bodies into so much pressure with work, chores, kids etc.? Being excessively active and not giving time to yourself can sometimes lead to obesity. Physical activity is not the only thing you need in order to shed off extra weight; it is more important that you keep your lifestyle managed and check where you’re going off track with your health. Obesity or weight gain isn’t just triggered by obsessive eating or not working out, there can be other reasons, health issues and hormonal imbalances, for which sudden weight gain might just be serving as an indicator or symptom. Therefore, it is suggested that before you go about starting a diet plan or an exercise program, you consult a dietitian or a health expert. If it has nothing to do with a particular health issue and your physician suggests that you’re just gaining weight because of your unmonitored lifestyle then you need to intervene and do something about it. Here’s how you can take out some time from your busy schedule when you have kids and a whole lot of other responsibilities to care of.
There are obviously a plethora of things on your mind that are causing you to stress and be anxious. Being a mom is not an easy job; apparently, things might seem fine but there are other problems on your mind like your kid returning from school with a bad cold and flu. While taking care of your family and kids, it is very important that you also stay healthy. In times of stress, don’t make food your solace because it that is one factor that leads to instant weight gain without you even noticing it. So, stop reaching out to food when you need comfort and address the problem with more substantial solutions rather than consuming excessive amount of food. Exercise, meditation, yoga or other stress reduction activities can be immensely helpful. While you’re cooking, helping your kids with their homework or running some errand; find some time to practice quick stress relieving exercise, like deep breathing.
Don’t be too hard on yourself:
The all or nothing strategy is the worst of all when it comes to rational grounds. There is no button that you can just switch off when you feel like losing weight or moving towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s perfectly fine to start with some baby steps and then eventually moving towards the more significant changes. Giving up on the whole idea of weight loss, just because you cannot take out some time to work out at the gym, is like calling something bad without even trying it out. It’s okay to start with just cutting off small portions from your diet. You can take the initial steps by cutting off desserts, here and there tasting and unnecessary snacks. You don’t necessarily have to spend hours at gym, just take out 15-30 minutes of your time and go for a walk to help relax your mind and burn some calories. Minimize your calorie intake, starting from an achievable count and then moving towards more healthier numbers and practices. If you find it hard to ever hit the gym then you can probably incorporate workout through other alternatives, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking your dog out and if you drop your kids to school when the distance is good for a walk then opt for the latter. Such fitness choices are nothing huge and can easily be adopted before you just ditch the idea of losing weight because you don’t have time to go to the gym.
Resist the urge:
When you have a lot on your plate, making healthier choices can become a bit of a struggle when you have to get things done in a certain time. Even if you want to cut a few calories, you end up consuming something unhealthy just to save time. It’s okay to do this once in a month but making your body entirely dependent on quick fixes and fast food can be damaging your health altogether. If you are tempted to consume snacks, opt for the healthier options like granola bars, crackers or nuts. Similarly, if you don’t want to prepare meals from scratch, look for oat meals or slow cook meals that require minimal efforts in terms of preparation.
Losing weight when you have kids and a list of things may seem like a crazy idea but it is possible if you don’t make it another chore in your list of responsibilities but incorporate healthier choices within your lifestyle.
Sheerin Jafri is a passionate blogger who loves to write on different health related topics. She is working for different health brands including Kids Urgent Care, a Florida Hospital for Children providing best pediatric care to the families.