Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back Like Molly Sims
By Marissa Hicken |
Looks like Molly Sims has been sticking to her New Year’s resolutions. We spoke to the model in June and it hasn’t even been a year since she gave birth to her son, yet she’s already tweeting images of her hot post-pregnancy bod in a swimsuit, declaring, “Finally bikini ready...”
Many women, celebrities included, are eager to slim down after giving birth. It takes time for your body to recover after pregnancy but the best first step to getting your pre-baby body back is getting your diet and exercise routine in check. The American Council on Exercise suggests discussing with your doctor when it’s safe to resume exercise. Your doctor will take into consideration your general health and the type of delivery you had to help you come up with goals and a reasonable exercise schedule.
When you are ready, gradually ease back into exercise, building up duration and intensity over time. Drink plenty of fluids, eat a balanced diet and make sure your abdomen and breasts are properly supported when you work out.
And if you’re wondering how Molly did it, check out the eight fitness tips for keeping those weight-loss resolutions that she tweeted yesterday:
1. Stop referring to them as your New Year’s resolutions. This is my number one rule! If you’ve made it past the first few weeks, it’s time to start thinking of your New Year’s goals as a part of your lifestyle now.
2. Reward yourself. It’s all about that added incentive. For every week that I reach my fitness goals, I like to treat myself to a spa day or mani/pedi. Massages are great for lymphatic drainage and scrubs are great for circulation and getting rid of dead skin.
3. Try on your old jeans. If you don’t want to weigh in, just slip into your skinny jeans once a week. It’s a good way to gauge weight loss without stepping on the scale.
4. Carry around a reminder. Get an old picture of yourself at your ideal weight and carry it with you everywhere.
5. Curb your cravings. If you have a sweet tooth, reach for a packet of hot chocolate or chocolate calcium bites that are only 30 calories each.
6. Keep a journal. Journal all of your food. Rebecca Baer of the F Factor taught me this trick. It’s a great way to know exactly what you’re eating.
7. Try the buddy system. Get a friend to hold you accountable. Check in every few days and tell her how you’ve been doing with your fitness goals. Be honest!
8. Fake it till you make it. Treat yourself to a new set of workout clothes that are fun and make you want to work out. Try a little neon!
If diet and exercise isn’t the solution to your post-baby bod, a cosmetic procedure may help. And, if you haven’t delivered yet but want a head start working on your post-pregnancy body, it’s not too early. You can actually exercise while pregnant if you just make some adjustments.