Archive for the 'Weight Loss' Category

Don’t buy it!

May 20, 2012

I’m a Sunday NYTimes junkie. Today, a one-sentence book review of Karen Le Billon’s “French Kids Eat Everything“, read:

Why you shouldn’t cater to your kids’ taste in food but rather let them rise to your level.

My sentiments, exactly.

As a pre-and-postnatal fitness guru, my clientele is chock-full of mothers. Most of these women have law degrees, PhD’s, and years of executive work experience. Let’s just say they are accomplished professionally as they are, now, personally. Self-sacrifice, managing crises, saying no to powerful bigwigs and working through the night is nothing new to them! Most have always been health nuts and gym junkies, working out at 6am and having self-discipline to order a salad at lunch.

So why is it, that, when children enter the picture, self-control goes out the window? I’m not a parent (so I’ll probably get skewered for this post) but if Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers weren’t a staple before baby, how did they make their way from supermarket to my client’s cupboard? If I stuff my shelves with mini-oreos, fruit snacks, teddy grahams and juice boxes, I’d have a tougher time managing my weight, too!

All this processed food isn’t good for anyone – parents OR children alike. It’s a good way to spoil everyone’s appetite and make picky eaters out of a developing palate. My advice? Continue healthy eating eating and extend these habits to your children: if they’ve never tasted cap’n crunch, sugar bombs or pringles, how will they miss it?

 

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Fastest Weight Loss…Ever.

April 16, 2012

An article in today’s Styles section of the NYTimes entitled, “Bridal Hunger Games” has me deeply troubled. In it, a woman forgoes shopping for a new dress in lieu of wearing her grandmother’s teeny tiny wedding dress. The problem is, she’ll have to lose 34 pounds for it to fit.

Instead of exercising and cleaning up her diet, this lazy, attention-seeking bride paid a doctor in Miami to insert a feeding tube through her nose for 10 days, restricting her caloric intake to 800 calories per day. Brilliant message to her kids (yup, she has kids).

I have an even faster, more permanent weight-loss idea: she could just chop off a leg! Each one weighs roughly 30 pounds!

…….um, right.

Hot Mama

April 5, 2012

How many times have you seen the photos of hollywood ladies just days or weeks after giving birth and it seems like they’re thinner and more fit than ever? For normal women, these unrealistic expectations to be red-carpet ready in no time during an already stressful time of life can be frustrating and worse.

In the years that I’ve been training the post-natal set, not one of my clients has left the hospital with a washboard stomach. While a few of these Hollywood women might happen to have great genes, my guess is that they are probably (a) getting induced weeks before their due date, (b) while they’re in the hospital, opt to have liposuction with a little nip/tuck and (c) aren’t nursing… which means extra time for 3-hour workouts and more.

Depending on the type of birth (C-sec or vaginal), new mommies can begin exercising 4-8 weeks post delivery. That first workout should consist of exercises you did before going into labor, like focusing on stretching tight muscles, balance and core stabilization. In other words, if you exercised during pregnancy, pick up where you left off.

As the weeks go by, she should gradually build intensity, focusing on muscle imbalances like fixing poor posture, strengthening the abdominals, butt/glutes and inner thigh/adductors.

Most importantly, however, training for the sport of motherhood requires patience. Her body didn’t change overnight. My slogan to mommies is “nine months on, nine months off.” With a new normal of sleepless nights, self sacrifice and dedication to her newborn, it’s difficult to carve out time for fitness…so a lot of self-forgiveness is key to success.