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No Joke -- Lose Weight in 15 Minutes a Day!

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Weight loss ain't easy (duh). But with kids, husbands and tight schedules -- you might as well forget it. But you have 15 minutes right? In 15 minutes -- you CAN make a difference. That's all you need.

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Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak: Oh boy, do I know about tight schedules. My client, actress Milla Jovovich, needed to drop big time weight in no time (sound familiar?). I helped her lose 62 pounds the right way.

I know it's easier said than done, but my advice to moms is despite the time crunch, you have to make it a priority because, after all, you deserve it.

For my clients trying to lose weight, particularly baby weight, I put them on a circuit-training plan that incorporates upper and lower body, abs and cardio into regular 5-day a week workouts.

The 5-Factor Diet plan is designed to be effective with only 25 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week. If you're having trouble squeezing in even 15 minutes a day, I encourage you to make use of that time and then look for other ways to make up the lost time, like:

Take a 10 minute walk around the block. If you're in an urban area, why not incorporate it in your errands and walk down to the store and back?

• Take your little one to the neighborhood playground. Rather than just sitting on the bench chatting with the other moms, get up and move your body for a chunk of time. (Maybe the other moms will even want to join you!)

• Take the stairs more, park farther away and drink plenty of water.

And when you do find time to squeeze in even 15 minutes of exercise, it helps if you tackle some super-effective exercises so you get as much benefit as possible from the workout. Here are a few of my favorites:

• Lunges are very effective for toning your legs and backside, and you can do them in your living room while your kid naps.

• I'd also invest in a pair of dumbbells (start with 5 lb. weights, and increase the weight when you feel ready).

• Make bicep curls, lateral raises, and tricep extensions a mainstay of your regular routine -- you'll feel stronger after just a few days.

• Finally, moms always want to know how to tone their stomach area. For this, I'd say simple crunches on the stability ball will get you the most bang for your buck in the shortest amount of time (as long as you keep your body moving during the day, like I mentioned before).

Sometimes the best help for a mom is advice from other moms, so be sure to post what's been working well for you in our Zip Up Your Jeans community group.

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to take off the weight. Join our Zip Up Your Jeans challenge today! You can start off with a FREE two week trial to the 5-Factor diet website AND enter to win a trip to Los Angeles to train with Harley himself!

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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
clarette April 6, 2009, 2:50 PM

i’m an older mom and can’t get rid of the tummy or the sides

Betty April 7, 2009, 1:57 PM

I lost 10 ils eliminating eating the snack my kids do and not drinking pop.

karin April 7, 2009, 10:16 PM

i read she said her diet succeeded due to eating artichokes salomon and oatmeals all days -
is that correct - if so - how? these ingredients are not that easy on calories..

jean April 10, 2009, 9:52 AM

i’m starting to lose a little bit at a time by not stocking my office with snacks. I bring my lunch every day and before I leave for work, i make sure i have a healthy lunch, a mid morning banana or fruit of some kind, and a yogurt for about mid afternoon. If I eat the yogurt, it helps with digestion and keeps me from being so hungry when I get in the door at night and want to eat every thing in sight. only 7 pounds so far but it’s a start. also, i’ve incresed my fiber intake.

Marcia April 10, 2009, 9:23 PM

I have a 9yrs old and still have not lost mid section bulge. Help.

Carol April 13, 2009, 1:40 AM

I have a Neuropathy, and both Total Knees replaced in the past year. I also have no Balance, which is a Big problem. What kind of exercise would you suggest. I am 61 years young, and need to lose 10 pounds.
Thank You

Candy April 24, 2009, 3:27 PM

Im a mom of 3 kids (ages 14yrs, 9yrs and 4yrs) and Ive got belly fat that I can’t get rid of. I don’t have a lot to lose though.

I weigh 135lbs now but want to be around 120lbs by summertime….

Would walking every evening help? And for how long?

What can I do?!

Thank you

Candy April 24, 2009, 3:28 PM

By the way, Im 34yrs old, and am ‘3

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