Sure exercise will keep mom toned, but what about losing the post-baby weight. Often exercise alone won't cut it. Monica Bearden, MD and Shara Aaron MS, RD have a new book called The Baby Fat Diet and it's loaded with advice to getting new moms back in their skinny jeans.
I was able to catch up with Dr. Bearden for this exclusive Momtrends interview.
What inspired this book?
Our friends, family and clients who struggle to lose their baby weight and do not know where to turn. Many turn to fad diets that may work in the short term but are not solutions for real life. After helping countless women lose the baby weight over the past several years and having success (in the short and long term), we decided to make the advice available to all.
What are some of the biggest challenges facing moms trying to keep fit?
Time and misinformation '?? after having children many women find it hard to find the time to take care of themselves. Many also try to lose weight in unhealthy ways based on bad information from the media, marketers as well as family and friends, which just makes it harder to stay fit.
What are some easy traps moms fall into to making staying fit impossible?
First and foremost is thinking that they need to eat less, big mistake! You need to eat the right foods to lose weight and stay fit.
What do you see as fitness trends for the new year?
1. Women will begin to focus on eating the right foods versus cutting out foods.
2. Eating all natural, non-processed foods.
3. Group and friend and family exercising is gaining strength. The Biggest Loser TV show, has helped people realize that sticking to a work out schedule is much easier when done with a friend in a supportive environment.
What is your favorite workout?
I love jogging with my stroller by the lake with intermittent, push-ups, dips, lunges and squats topped off with hill sprints (I leave the stroller at the top of the hill during the sprints). I also love playing my son in basketball.
What is you biggest weakness?
Not stretching '?? I do not make the time to include stretching in my work-outs. Maintaining flexibility is so important as we get older. It helps to reduce injuries and pain '?? it is actually part of my New Year'??s Resolution to stretch at least 30 minutes, 3 days a week.
Check out this book (love the shopping list and recipes) and see if the practical advice and easy tips are just what you need to kick-start your fitness goal for 2009.