Easy Free Tips for Moms to Lose Weight Fast

Many moms struggle to find time to prepare healthy meals and exercise on a regular basis. However, it is imperative that all moms get healthy and stay healthy. Part of being healthy is to be a healthy weight. You can safely lose 1 to 2 pounds each week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are a mom who must lose weight, there are some easy ways to make your weight loss journey a little easier.

Get Active as a Family

It is never too early to start teaching your children how to live a healthy life. This means teaching your children how to stay active. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that a person trying to lose weight get 60 to 90 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. Involve your kids in your daily exercise. Play sports with your children. Run with a toddler. Take walks together.

Watch Your Portions

It isn’t uncommon for a mom to eat off of her child’s plate. This, however, adds additional calories to your diet. Eat only your own food. If there is food left on your child’s plate, either throw it away or save it for your child to eat later. Children are often taught to clean their plate, but this is a habit that can lead to overeating and weight gain when carried into adulthood, according to the CDC. Avoid eating when you are not hungry or eating too quickly.

Cook Healthy Meals

Making healthy meals doesn’t have to take a long time. You can bake boneless, skinless chicken breasts in about the same time as it would take to make fried chicken. Think of the USDA’s Food Pyramid when you are shopping. When you are choosing foods while grocery shopping, ask your butcher to show you the leanest cuts of each type of meat that are available. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables. Pick whole grains instead of refined grains. Replace unhealthy snacks with healthier versions. Grab low-fat or fat-free milk and dairy products instead of full-fat versions.

Pack Snacks

When you are on the go, it may seem like the easiest option is to stop for fast food or to snack on junk food. Packing healthy snacks for you and your children will minimize the risk that you will stop for unhealthy foods. You can keep 100-calorie packs of snacks in the car or grab fresh fruits or nuts on your way out the door. Be sure you bring something to drink, such as water or no-calorie flavored water to minimize the risk of choosing empty calorie beverages like sodas.

About this Author

Casey Holley is a medical writer with more than 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industries. She has worked as a nutrition consultant and has written numerous health and wellness articles, for various online publications. She has also served in the Navy, and is currently pursing a business administration degree.