“Becoming a mother is associated with 17 per cent greater absolute BMI gain than remaining childless,” reads the report in the Obesity Reviews journal.
“Motherhood BMI gain is additional to an alarming BMI increase among young women, highlighting the need for obesity prevention among all young women, including new mothers.”
Dr. Eleanor Winpenny, from the University of Cambridge, stresses the study is not about pregnancy weight gain, it’s about the lifestyle changes people make when they become parents.
“People overall gain a small amount of weight over that transition and that’s the bit we’re worried about,” she says.
“If all these life transitions are contributing to small weight gains, overall that becomes a problem.”
10 ways busy mums can find time to exercise and stay healthy
1. Start early
Squeeze in a workout before the day begins – before school and when everyone is still in bed. You can be finished before mid-morning and utilise that time in the mornings that is often slow moving. You still have a day ahead to tick off your to-do list!
Like most things in our lives, the best way to ensure exercise is to schedule it in each week.
Put it in your calendar at the beginning of each week, choose your workout of choice and then just do it. No excuses!
3. Involve the kids
If you can’t get away from the kids to work out in peace, then include them. Babies can be used as the perfect weight to squat with. Your local park makes for a free and fun gym.
Strap your baby to your back and climb the stairs. Run with your toddler in the pram. Like to swim? Have your toddler hold on to your shoulders while you breast stroke through your laps! There are ways to make this work.
4. Utilise the creche
Whether this is at your local gym or finding a trainer who includes the kids in their program, or trainers that provide babysitting services – use it!
5. Try a two-minute workout
Exercising doesn’t necessarily have to be in an hour block. It can be two minutes here and two minutes there. While unpacking the dishwasher I hit the squats and calf raises.
6. Choose your workout!
Now that you’ve scheduled your time in, what are you going to do? Be prepared and know what you are going to do ahead of time. Or sign up to our 28 Day Weight Loss, and then download our app and we can tell you exactly what to do each day!
7. Meal prep
With healthy meals and snacks ready to go at home, you end up eating out a lot less. Plus, if you meal prep on the weekend or in the evenings, you actually find you have MORE time on your hands as you don’t have to make dinner every day!
8. Eat mindfully
A lot of the time you’re unaware you’re doing it. Instead of you eating everything you make for dinner or your child’s leftovers, be aware of portion sizes. Any excess can be stored away in the fridge or freezer for another day. This will help you save money!
9. Make healthy food choices
Eat well and sleep well – when you are tired you are more likely to make unhealthy choices. If you have a fridge stocked full of nutritious meals and snacks, you are more likely to have those than order takeaway.
10. Just do it! It is so easy to make excuses to avoid exercising! But our children should not be our excuse, they should be our reason to live a healthy life!
These mums have lost over 14 stone between on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Tamarah Deborah has lost 6.5 stone
Tamarah says, “In November 2014 I found The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. From then my life has completely changed.”
“I’ve had my ups and downs. I initially lost 6.5 stone in 18 months using the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and Healthy Mummy Smoothies. I put on about 2.5 stone due to some significant stress before I then fell pregnant with baby number two.”
“After the birth of number two I’d put on more weight but since restarting (for the thousandth time) I’ve since lost 1.5 stone. The Healthy Mummy works for me and my family and is helping me find me again!”
Leah Romiti has lost over 1 stone
Leah says,“I have been working hard, eating delicious Healthy Mummy food and drinking Healthy Mummy smoothiesdaily.”
“I’m so proud of the achievement I had made in those months. I’m fit, healthy and a role model for my 3 boys!”
“Set goals, everyone, because when you reach them it’s the BEST feeling.”
Lisa Porteous has lost 6.5 stone
Lisa says, “Through using The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and Healthy Mummy smoothies, I’ve lost 6.5 stones and 6 dress sizes. Most importantly though I have learned how to be healthy!”
“Physically and mentally, this program is unlike any other I have ever used and I can’t wait to live The Healthy Mummy life for forever.”
Are you ready to kick-start your weight loss?
If you are interested in kickstarting your weight loss and want to improve your energy – not to mention – improve your overall health and wellbeing – our 28 Day Weight Loss Challengeis an awesome program to check out.
Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge includes:
28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans (including a 7 day cleanse)
Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)