Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to lose the last 20 pounds!

The one thing no one tells you about having a baby is how difficult it is on your perception of your body image and your self esteem.

I mean, there's a whole 9 MONTHS during your pregnancy where you really just don't feel like yourself and then at least another 9-12 MONTHS afterward where you pretty much just feel like a milk machine that can clean dirty diapers.

That is a huge chunk of your life.

One of the things that has really helped me feel like my old self again was getting my pre-baby body back.

Now, I'm not completely the same. My breasts will never look the way they did before, but that's okay. I didn't get stretch marks during my pregnancy, but I know other mom's that wear theirs proudly (calling them "tiger stripes") and that is great. You should be proud. Your body did something amazing.

For me knowing that my body is capable of doing something that miraculous made losing the baby weight seem like it would be a piece of cake! Unfortunately, it's not.

Today I'm going to tell you how I lost the weight without the gym. 

before, weight loss

after weight loss

It's all about diet. I personally don't like feeling like I can't eat something which is why I've always hating dieting. BUT what I've found is that it's really not at all about what you eat, but rather how much of it.

Okay, now let me introduce you to The Macro Diet!! (commonly known as IIFYM)

It's not even really a diet. It's kind of like a detailed way of counting calories. Basically you look at everything you eat in a day and break it down to grams of protein, fat, & carbs. 

As long as you hit your goals for grams of each for the day, losing weight should be easy.

It is a popular way to lose weight because it gives you flexibility to eat the things most diets don't, you just have to ask yourself If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM).

So I can eat ice cream?

Yes! But make sure you look at the nutrition facts. Most likely you probably shouldn't have as much as you'd like. I typically go for the Arctic Zero brand you can find in health stores/farmer's markets. It is high in protein and usually low in carbs & has little to no fats. Now, I'm not gonna lie to you--it's really not the best, but it helps with those cravings and keeps you meeting your goals.

arctic zero ice cream

Why do I love counting macros?

Short answer: Because it works. I lost the last 20 pounds like that! Jillian Michaels, of The Biggest Loser, says that if you hit a plateau in your weight, it's not because of exercise, it's because of your diet.

Long answer: It really makes you look at the food you eat differently. I used to drink juices everyday without realizing how many carbs there were! I now, typically, only drink water & make sure to get those carbs elsewhere. The biggest change for me was realizing that I really was not getting enough protein--at all! 

Just understanding the nutrition labels in terms of proteins, fats, & carbs will help you make better decisions and make weight loss easy.

How do I know how many macros to have each day?

It all depends on your goals and whether you want to lose, gain, or maintain. 

Here is an easy online calculator you can use: macro-nutrient calculator. My body is not great with carbs, so I would select the low carb preset on there.

I am not anti-exercise by any means. I love working out, but no amount of time you spend in the gym will make up for a poor diet. So try working smarter, not harder. Cleaning up my diet was the best thing I ever did.

Counting macros worked amazingly for me & my husband & I know it's worked for others. I highly recommend it.

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