Moms Are You Ready for the Beach Yet?
Well, it's summertime at last... the time that the kids look forward to all summer long, but that most moms dread!
Summer itself isn’t necessarily the thing that causes moms to worry.
After all, the kids spend more time outside during the summer playing and swimming. Then there are summer league sports that a lot of kids participate in.
So, why do a lot of mothers dread the summer? The swim suit.
That’s right. It’s getting in a swim suit.
Remember when it used to be fun to go and shop for the perfect bathing suit?
Trying on ten to twenty different suits wasn’t a big deal and you didn’t mind stepping out the dressing room with it for your friends, either.
Yeah… more than likely that was before the kids came.
There’s no denying that a woman’s body changes after kids are born.
While almost all women would gladly do it over again for their children, the stretch marks, flabby belly and sagging breasts are definitely not something women like to show off.
And, that is exactly what a swimming suit does! It has a tendency to highlight all of the areas that mothers like to hide after the kiddos arrive.
However, there are a few things moms can do to get ready for summer and that dreaded swim suit.
By following the tips below, not only will moms feel better about getting in a swimming suit, but they will look better too, which will definitely lead to more enjoyment when swimming with the family.
So, what do you do to get ready for the beach, as a mom?
1. Start dieting now.
I’m sure this one comes to no surprise to you, but the truth of the matter is that if moms want to feel better about themselves this summer, in a bathing suit, they are going to have to diet.
Now is the perfect time to start. Especially if you just need to lose a few pounds you can do that in a few days with my tips here: How to lose 5 pounds in a week.
The holidays are over so there are going to be exorbitant amounts of sweets and other delectable treats lying around, just waiting to be devoured and there are still three months left before the official “swim” season is here.
So, what is the best way to diet? Honestly, this is an individual decision and it is whatever works best for the person dieting.
One thing to think about when choosing a particular diet is whether or not the diet is reasonable and does it promote a healthy lifestyle change that can be maintained once the diet is over?
There are too many fad diets out there that just aren’t plausible for real, long-term weight loss and weight management.
The rule of thumb a lot of nutritionists go by is that dieting should be a lifestyle change.
Therefore, you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money to do it.
For example, Body by Vi is a popular fad diet right now.
While the shakes are great for getting the vitamins your body needs, and people do lose weight on it, is it really plausible that you will spend money for the rest of your life on this product?
And, if you are strictly doing the Body By Vi diet how likely is it that you will be able to keep the weight off once you stop the diet?
Whatever ways you decide to go about dieting, is it important to learn how to count calories, to keep your weight off long-term.
Talk to a nutritionist, personal trainer or doctor and determine how many calories you need per day in order to lose the amount of weight you want to lose before mid-summer.
Losing two pounds per week is a very realistic goal to have when counting calories. My favorite way to lose weight is by going on the raw food diet as it is simple and I'm still eating normal foods. You can learn more here about how to start raw food diet.
And, counting calories teaches you how to lose/manage weight by eating real foods that you are around every day.
Therefore, it’s something you can do the rest of your life and it won’t cost you a dime…just a little time!
For those with iPhones or Android phones, the My Fitness Pal app is wonderful for this method of dieting.
2. Hit the Gym.
Obviously, it will take more than dieting for moms to get their bodies ready for the beach this summer. Toning is also needed.
In order to tone, one has to hit the gym and start lifting weights and doing a little cardio on a regular basis.
Finding the time can be difficult for busy moms to do, but where there is a will there is always a way.
For instance, working moms can choose to visit a nearby gym on their lunch breaks or take 30 minutes to get some cardio in on their way home from work.
Stay at home moms generally have a more flexible schedule where they can fit in an hour during their day, but if they can’t get away, then they can always invest in a workout video at home to do alone.
I have a pretty comprehensive guide here about setting up your own home fitness program for beginners, and if you are already reasonably fit you can use the weight of your body to get fit working out at home by learning how to do bodyweight exercises.
Exercising on a regular basis helps the body drop weight faster, manage existing weight loss, improve cardiovascular health and tone.
While all of these things are good, in order to get ready for swimsuit season, it’s the toning that moms need the most.
Losing weight is great, but without toning, skin begins to look flabby… not a good thing while strolling around in your favorite bathing suit.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out, hit the gym three to five times a week and tone!
3. Get Tanned.
There’s just something about being tan that makes women feel better in a bathing suit.
Women don’t have to go to the tanning “salon” every day in order to get a great tan.
Women can get tans by sunbathing outside, swimming, doing yard work and a number of other outside activities.
However, if you feel like you don’t have time to get a natural sun tan, spray tans are a great option.
4. Find the Right Bathing Suit.
Bathing suits are kind of like bras…you really do pay for what you get.
Sure, cute bathing suits can be found at Wal-Mart and other department stores, but they aren’t going to be able to do the same quality of “job” as one from a place like Victoria’s Secret.
Honestly, Victoria’s Secret is one of the best places for moms to shop for bathing suits.
Yes, they are more expensive, but the bathing suit will last for several years and moms will be able to find suits that help “fix” certain areas.
For instance, there are bathing suits with figure-slimming features, tummy “tuck” features and even built in bras (pushup bras too) for additional support.
Hitting the beach, for most moms, is not something they look forward to.
However, when the tips above are followed, the swimsuit season can be enjoyable again for mothers and their children!
There are many weight loss guides right here on this site that you can check out for free and decide which way to lose weight suits you best, for your bathing suit this summer.
There are many pros and cons of programs like the hCG Diet that you can learn more about here in the section dedicated to showing you how to do hCG Diet Plan safely and successfully.
You can also learn more about the book I published with all the comprehensive information you could ever need on the diet planning and preparation.
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