Secrets of a Yummy Mummy

Losing the Baby Weight
April 11, 2012, 5:18 pm
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I’m thankful that I’ve been one of the lucky ones when it comes to losing baby weight.  After my first child I don’t remember working hard to get back to my pre-pregnancy size.  But baby number 2 was different.  I did lose the initial few pounds as easily as the first time but I noticed a plateau in my weight loss.  Those last few pounds just wouldn’t budge no matter what I tried so when I learned about Hypoxi I was intrigued.  My program started with a weigh-in and measuring session to establish a starting point.  Then I was walked through the “Hypoxi Method” which basically means heating and applying gentle pressure to problems areas (waist, stomach, hips, bum & thighs) while you are doing light exercise.  Doing this 3 times a week along with making a few small dietary changes would enable me to shed my last few pounds.  The dietary changes, like no carbs for dinner on session days were so small that they were very easy to follow and I never felt like I was depriving myself of anything.  After one month I am back in my favourite skinny jeans having lost 2.1kgs and 17.2 cms and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

For all you new mama’s, Nine Months is partnering with Hypoxi to help you shed those last few pounds.  All customers will receive a coupon for a free Hypoxi session to get you started.  And if you spend $1500 or more you will receive a $500 cash coupon to put towards a weight loss package.

Nine Months Maternity
5/F Tung Yui Commercial Building,
31A Wydham Street


Surviving A Summer Pregnancy
June 14, 2011, 1:26 pm
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The recent heatwave in Hong Kong has prompted me to write this post.  Last year at this time I was pregnant and not happy.  I remember walking up Wellington Street at a snails pace because of the heat and the fact that my body temperature was just a couple degrees higher than usual making it totally unbearable.  The only thing that made me happy was my daily popsicle or slurpee.  Not great for the sugar levels but a necessity none-the-less.  I vowed then never to be pregnant in the summer again.  Since we all know we’re not going to plan our pregnancy’s around the seasons here are my tips for staying cool…

  1. Visit a local swimming pool – luckily there are a lot of swimming pools in Hong Kong.  Many of us are blessed with one where we live or we belong to a club that has a pool.  If you aren’t one of the lucky ones you can find a listing of all the public pools in Hong Kong here.  Alternately, most hotels in Hong Kong will offer their pool to non-guests for a daily fee.
  2. Drink water – some people think that the more water you drink the more swollen you are going to get but the opposite is true.  Usually we are supposed to get 8-10 glasses a day but during the heat of summer it’s necessary to increase that.  I always had a water bottle with me and drank from it constantly. Remember dehydration is the number one cause of pre-term labour.
  3. Stay out of the sun and cover yourself with sunscreen – we all want to avoid the dreaded linea negra as much as possible and staying out of the sun is the best way to do this.  Of course most of us will see a faint line but if you lie in the sun without sunscreen it will make the line much darker.  I know this because during my first pregnancy I decided to take a trip to Bali mid-pregnancy.  I sat in the sun without thinking and ended up with the darkest linea negra that took months to disappear.  Second pregnancy, no sun and no linea negra.
  4. Treat yourself with fruit and other food items that contain a high concentration of water – watermelon was my favorite fruit last summer.  There is nothing better than a piece of cool watermelon when you are pregnant….well, maybe a popsicle or slurpee 🙂

Who Will Be Hong Kong’s Biggest Loser?
March 15, 2011, 11:18 am
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Last week I attended the launch of the Cambridge Weight Plan’s Slimmer of the Year Competition 2011. I met last years winner who lost an amazing 60 lbs in record time and has kept it off. It was quite an impressive presentation and I think the Cambridge Weight Plan would be a great way to slim down after having a baby. First the caveats, they will not accept anyone for weight loss programs until they have finished breast feeding and it has been at least 3 months since giving birth.  The slimming experience begins with a consultation with a Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant who will assess your current weight, and your food and lifestyle habits.  After a program is in place (there are 6 to choose from) you will benefit from free weekly private meetings with your consultant to keep you on track.  The Cambridge Weight Plan programs range from 615 kcal to 1500+ kcal per day and are all nutritionally balanced to ensure you always get the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals.  They also provide products such as shakes, bars, soups and porridge that can be used as the sole source of nutrition (under the most strict plan of 615 kcal per day) or to supplement a low calorie diet for more gradual weight loss.  If you are a new mom trying to loose the baby weight and would like to join the Slimmer of the Year Competition contact a Cambridge Consultant in Hong Kong.  The winner will receive an all expenses trip to London to compete in the International Slimmer of the Year competition, a one year membership at Seasons Fitness Kowloon Bay Club and a “Style Me Slimmer” consultation by Eve Roth Lindsay of Colour Me Beautiful.

Top tips for weight management from the Cambridge Consultant:

1.  Make sure each meal contains protein – it keeps you feeling full for longer.

2.  Drink 2 1/2 liters of water daily – a lot of the time the feeling of hunger is actually dehydration.

3.  Keep some healthy snack options around for the 4pm dip – nuts, fruit, yogurt, or one of the delicious Cambridge protein shakes!

Cambridge Weight Plan