3 Bikini Body Tips for Busy Moms

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Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes the rush to get beach-ready. While some find it easy to shed the weight they’ve gained over the holidays, others find it hard to get back into shape. However, with these easy tips, moms can get bikini-ready fast.

Stop Looking at Clean Eating as a ‘Diet’

This tip may sound counterintuitive for someone who is trying to drop pounds and get in better shape. A diet is a short-term solution, but all the old issues will still be there afterward. Therefore, any weight lost on a crash diet will return once those old habits come back. Getting into beach-worthy shape works better when one sees it as a lifestyle change rather than a diet. It will be hard, and it may take longer than expected, but it is more likely to work if long-term goals are the focus.

Get Active

It’s surprising how many people miss the activity component of a healthy lifestyle. A lack of physical exertion will certainly hinder anyone’s efforts to get ready for summer. While this doesn’t mean spending every spare minute on fitness, it does mean making a commitment. Adding three or four 20-minute exercise sessions per week can bring significant changes in body composition—but it takes effort. In many cases, simple changes can provide big results. For example, walking instead of taking an elevator or driving can instantly and almost effortlessly increase a working mom’s activity level.

Prep and Plan Meals, and Practice Mindful Eating

To avoid the temptation to order takeout after a long day, busy moms should plan meals in advance. If the refrigerator and pantry are stocked with healthy foods, it’s easier to go without buying all the unhealthy stuff that caused the winter weight gain. It’s important to eat at regular intervals as well. By doing so, one can keep their blood sugar at a consistent level—and keep cravings at bay. Mindfulness can help control food intake. During meals, take smaller bites and put utensils down between mouthfuls, and remember that it takes at least 20 minutes for the brain to realize that the stomach is full.

While everyone looks for a magic pill that can provide instant results, the truth is that weight loss requires effort. However, with the Cafe Mom tips above, even the busiest mom can work healthy eating and exercise into her schedule.