Between the encouragement among the contestants and the life-changing before-and-after shots that flash on the screen, there's a reason why The Biggest Loser gets your emotions going. The show is a positive, supportive look at the struggles people face with diet and exercise.
The new book by the show's host Alison Sweeney, The Mommy Diet ($14), is no different — it's chock-full of support and encouragement. The easy read is divided into stages of motherhood, from prepregnancy (such as foods to eat when you are trying to get pregnant) to the life of a busy mom. The actress weighs in on different aspects of pregnancy and postpregnancy body and mind, including fitness, diet, fashion, and romance tips.
Of course, exercise is a big part of her month-by-month plans, and Alison offers useful tips even if you aren't a new mom. If you're looking for advice on how to ramp up or kick-start a workout routine, you may find this book helpful. The actress recommends the old standards — making sure you are active every day, switching out high-fat diets for natural, whole foods, and elimination diets — to help start any regimen, and also offers exercises (fully explained and with some illustrations) and sample meal plans for people at every level of fitness.
But even if you are an old pro, the working mom and fitness fanatic has a few maintenance tips for you as well. Check out a few of her tips after the break!
- Be consistent, but mix things up. Even if you're busy, try to get at least three workouts a week, and make sure you switch up the type and the intensity of your exercises so you don't plateau or get bored.
- Stock up on cute workout clothes. Flattering and comfortable gear boosts your confidence, and having several sports bras, tanks, and pants will keep you from using dirty laundry as an excuse, she says.
- Keep a food journal. This is a great way to spot your weaknesses, Alison says, as well as forces yourself to be honest with every snack and meal you've been eating.
- Know your calories. It's OK to indulge a little, but don't kid yourself by pretending the calorie count of something isn't that bad, and practice portion control so you don't overdo it.
- Don't give up if you overindulge. You may think it's an excuse to let go of the rest of your careful diet and exercise plans, but a simple attitude change can get you excited to save the day by eating a light dinner or fitting in a workout.