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I Lost My Mom Pooch Without Dieting with These Simple Tips

Here are five simple changes she made to lose her gut.

Christina Hedges (@christina_hedges) is a weight loss influencer and mother who shares tips and tricks on how to get into shape via healthy habits. In a viral video she reveals how to lose five to 10 pounds in a month, "without dieting" – but "not just losing this," she says. "You're also keeping it off," she maintains. "The hack that helped me go from mommy pooch to mom bod." The Body Network also consulted with The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, who weighed in on her tactics. 

Hydration

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"Start your day off with water," Christina suggests. "Increasing your water intake decreases hunger. Get your favorite canteen and fill it up. Drink it throughout the day. Drink three of these a day, which is a little less than a gallon of water. If you're working out. Drink a gallon." A gallon of water is 128 ounces, "and that is a LOT of water to drink every day," says Collingwood. The Institute of Medicine Guidelines are 125 ounces per day for men and 91 ounces per day for women. These numbers encompass all fluid, including fluid from food and all drinks throughout the day," she explains. "Drinking a gallon of water is not dangerous, but it might be a bit unrealistic for many people." 

Don't Drink Your Calories

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Second, she advises against drinking your calories. "Avoid sugary drinks, coffee with sugar, sodas, and juice, especially juice," she instructs. "Absolutely agree," says Collingwood. "Calories from regular sodas and sweet tea, lemonade, etc. add up in calories and don't fill you up.  Especially watch sweet coffee drinks, milkshakes, and even smoothies."

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Drink Energizing Fluids

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"Instead, drink something that's going to give you energy and suppress your appetite," she says, holding up a drink with ice that appears to be some sort of iced green tea. "Iced tea without any added sugar can be a great way to hydrate," Collingwood says. "Be careful how late in the day you drink tea with caffeine, though, so it doesn't disrupt sleep."

Practice Intermittent Fasting

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Christina also encourages intermittent fasting. "Eat your first meal 12 to 16 hours from dinner. So if dinner was at 7:00 PM 12 hours later, at 7:00 AM gradually working your way up to fasting 16 hours, 7:00 PM to 11:00 AM," she says. Intermittent fasting is not necessary to lose weight and doesn't work for everyone, Collingwood says. "Some people have success when they start Intermittent Fasting but quickly plateau." She recommends a 12 hour fast and spreading food out throughout the day to keep metabolism high. 

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Drink a Fibrous Beverage for Breakfast

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"The goal is to burn fat for breakfast," she continues. "When you're ready to eat, drink this fiber matrix. That's it. It allows you to eat what you want, you just won't eat as much. Lose weight, keep it off, and more importantly, get your health back." A fiber drink can be a good way to add additional fiber to your day "and can assist in hydration as well," says Collingwood. "Fiber can provide satiety and may help you not eat as much soon after consuming it."

💪🔥Body Booster: If you aren't getting enough fiber in your diet, drink a fibrous beverage daily. 

Leah Groth
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