Yesterday marked my new son’s one-month birthday! I can’t believe it has already been 30 days since he was born! As our family moves into a time of better routine, I am slowly but surely getting myself back into pre-pregnancy shape.
At this point, I have a few pounds that I’m hoping to lose, and I just wanted to share some of the tricks that are now helping and have helped me in the past, some of which you may find quite unconventional.
I am NOT in any way a doctor or trained medical professional, so please don’t consider this researched advice in any way. These are just some of the techniques I have found beneficial for myself and my body.
1. Intermittent Fasting
I first learned of this method after reading Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Body.
I picked up this book after my second child was born and really loved it! It’s filled with totally unconventional ways of staying healthy, such as taking ice baths and intermittent (or 16-hour) fasting.
The quick overview behind the concept is that you’re giving your body several hours with no food intake so that it can begin to burn the body fat stores more efficiently.
My routine with it is to eat dinner at about 4:30-5 pm, fast through the night, and eat a later breakfast around 9 am the next morning. I eat dinner pretty early anyway, so this isn’t a huge issue for me, but by the same token, I typically eat breakfast early, so that part is a bit tough!
What makes it easier for me was to focus on some other activities in the morning, such as tidying up the house. I definitely notice a difference with employing this though!
Having a husband that works up to 72 hours at a time, there are times I can’t make it to our gym, so at-home circuits involving little to equipment are life-saving!
YouTube is a great resource for finding particular workouts (just type in ‘ab workouts’, etc.), but one of my favorite sites is Tone It Up.
Those chicks are absolutely beautiful and in such awesome shape, so it’s so inspiring to watch their videos, and they have some great exercises that are easily done in your home.
3. Belly Wraps
Given that this was my third (and biggest!) pregnancy, I knew I wanted to invest in some type of belly wrap, as I’ve read that they help to not only shrink the tummy postpartum, but also expel excess blood and fluid that has built up in the uterus over the last ten months.
After shopping around a bit on Amazon, my inner cheap self finally bought this $6 variety, which I’m happy to say worked rather well!
I really noticed the biggest difference in the first two weeks and have now ceased wearing it, for the most part, so I’m happy I only invested a minimal amount of money.
Because of the fluctuating hormones and general mass of a baby, a pregnant woman’s…elimination pathway doesn’t always function as efficiently as it should, especially during those final months!
After reading The Gerson Therapy, I became more convinced than ever of the colon’s role in overall health, and am (sagely) using them as a way to eradicate any excess waste that may have built up over the months.
There are various cleansing and retention type enemas to consider, including those using coffee, lemon juice, and probiotics. Enemas were routinely used in the ‘olden’ days by medical professionals as a part of a cure for various illnesses, including cancer.
For me, though the actual process is not fun, they have an energizing, exhilarating effect that really encourages me to continue on with them.
5. Soda Doping
No, this isn’t what it may initially read like, but rather an innocuous trick used by high intensity athletes to increase speed and alkalize the body.
By ingesting baking soda about 30 minutes before a workout, you buffer the acids released by your body (in particular, lactic acid, which is responsible for that ‘burn’ in your muscles and joints), thereby allowing you to tire less quickly.
My husband, who benches heavy weight, has been employing this little trick into his daily workouts and is loving the results! He has said that it almost feels as though he hasn’t worked out because he’s not getting his usual aches from pushing so much weight.
Do you have any fitness or health tricks to share? I’d love to hear them!