Fat Loss University
Blog of St Pete & Tierra Verde's Number 1 Fitness Expert
- - - - - - Fat Loss, Mindset - - - - - -

5 Best Weight Loss Tips For Busy Moms

St Pete Fl Personal Trainers , Tierra Verde Personal Training

Personal Trainer Tips For Busy Moms

Happy Mother’s Day week end from your  Fitness St Pete Personal Trainers & Weight Loss Experts !


Here at Fitness St Pete I Tierra Verde Fitness and over the previous 20 years with Custom Bodies, we have had the pleasure of personally working with  thousands of busy moms.


These days over 75% of the members of

our fitness St Pete Boot Camp Group Fitness Training  family are busy moms who are constantly on the go.


Mothers are, without a doubt, the most selfless clients I have ever worked with, usually to a fault. Honestly, I wish they would just be a little more selfish sometimes and give their personal, physical and mental health a bit more of a priority.


Many awesome mothers miss the boat when it comes to their own health and fitness. In general, they tend to think that it’s okay to put all of their personal ambitions aside for the good of their friends and family.


The reality is: moms need to make a healthy lifestyle for themselves a TOP PRIORITY…

A mom who doesn’t workout and doesn’t eat nutrient dense, quality foods will not be running on all cylinders. The simple fact is that when mom is more fit, she is more energetic, handles the responsibilities and stress of the chaotic life of a mother better and is more efficient at taking care of her family. It’s as simple as that.


The number one question I ask busy mom’s who are overweight, stressed out and tired who just can’t find the time to workout is:

Would you want your children to grow up and be just like you? Would you want them to treat their bodies the way you treat yours?”


That either hits a nerve and gives them an “ah ha” moment or makes them angry with me and that’s okay.

Parents, especially moms, are the biggest example for their children.
The fact is most of lifetime eating habits are developed when we are adolescents and mirror those of our parents. My mother was a terrible example for health and exercise and I grew up in a family with horrible eating habits… which lead to a Dianne who was 40 pounds overweight at high school graduation and had a terrible relationship with food. I was lucky, I had an epiphany my first year of college which caused a complete change in lifestyle, loss of 40 pounds and a change in major along with life direction.


The bottom line is this: If you don’t take care of yourself you’re not taking care of your kids.


Because this Sunday is Mothers’ day, I wanted to honor you (and yes dad’s too as this applies to you also!) by giving you some ways to be healthier, lose more weight and set the example for your children. Over the past 20 years of working with busy moms, I’ve identified 5 primary obstacles which tend to hold most moms back from getting the fit, confident energetic bodies they deserve!



Obstacle 1 : Scheduling
Obstacle 2: Thinking cardio is more effective than strength training
Obstacle 3: Too Many Missed Meals…Especially Breakfast!
Obstacle 4: Eating “What the Kids Like.”
Obstacle 5: Too Many Glasses Of Wine In The Evening

St Pete Fl Personal Trainers, Weight Loss Programs St Petersburg, Personal Trainers near Tierra Verde Fl
St Pete Fl Personal Trainers, Weight Loss Programs St Petersburg, Personal Trainers near Tierra Verde Fl

Obstacle #1: Failing To Make The Daily Workout Appointment

This one is simple, yet oh so powerful.


Think about it. Moms never miss an appointment for their kids.



Well, yes, it’s because they love them, but more importantly, it’s because they love their kids enough to religiously schedule their important appointments!


If you are a busy mom who is serious about your fitness, then you absolutely need to take the same approach with your workouts.


In addition, you need to be sure that you schedule in your daily workouts when you are most likely to do them rather than when you prefer to do them.


For example, you may prefer to workout in the evening, but with afterschool activities, dinner and homework that just may not be realistic. Getting your workout done first thing in the morning before the kids get up or right after you drop them off for school may be the best option…


You know your schedule best – pen your workouts into your calendar when you have the highest likelihood of getting the done


Regardless of when the best time may be, just schedule it in and stick to it like it’s a family commitment (because it really IS)

St Pete Fl Personal Trainers, Weight Loss Programs St Petersburg, Personal Trainers near Tierra Verde Fl

Obstacle #2 – Too Much Cardio. Not Enough Weights.

This is an entire article in itself but here are the highlights:


Cardio training burns some calories and is good for your health (to a point), but it simply doesn’t increase your metabolism or

tighten your body like weight training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) does and it takes a whole lot longer.




So, moms, please get off the cardio machines and hit the weights (body or otherwise)


MORE FROM FAT LOSS U:  How To Fix Your Slow Metabolism In 5 Easy Steps
                                                      Our Most Popular Weight Loss Workout 


Give it a try. Not only will you burn calories during the workout but you’ll burn even more for hours afterward

St Pete Fl Personal Trainers, Weight Loss Programs St Petersburg, Personal Trainers near Tierra Verde Fl

Obstacle #3: Too Many Missed Meals (Especially Breakfast)


Many busy moms are simply on a roller coaster ride from dawn until dusk, dealing with the stresses of parenting and/or challenging careers.


Mornings can be especially difficult since there is often the need to feverishly multi-task to get the kids fed and off to school. Not to mention the fact that many busy moms today have to deal with their own demanding, high-stress jobs.


So missing breakfast becomes a reality often leading to a host of other missed meals and snacks throughout the day and bad choices later on.


This leads to cataclysmal series of events that deprive your body of lean, toned body mass while simultaneously priming your body to overeat junk food later in the day and store ugly, unwanted fat.


To make matters worse, this starvation protocol creates low levels of blood sugar which zaps your energy and leaves you feeling foggy, irritated, and lethargic all day long.


Look, there’s always room for breakfast, you just need to make the time! Better yet, plan and prepare a breakfast high in lean protein and fiber in advance the night before to best ensure you stay the course.


Here are a few quick breakfast solutions:

1. Keep a big bowl of boiled eggs ready in the fridge for a quick on the go breakfast
2. Whip up a green protein smoothie


If you’ve been one to skip breakfast or meals or hit the drive through for a quick easy solution, give it a try. You might be surprised at how much more energy you’ll have!

St Pete Fl Personal Trainers, Weight Loss Programs St Petersburg, Personal Trainers near Tierra Verde Fl

Obstacle #4 – Eating “What the Kids Like”

“My kids are very picky about what they’ll eat, and I just don’t have the time to cook two different dinners.”

I’ve heard it a million times

**Time for a truth bomb****

Are you serious?!? Did you hear what you just said?


Moms, I know you’re super-busy and sometimes it’s just easier to give the kids what they want, but what are you teaching your kids about nutrition? And, who’s in charge here anyway?


By the way, how did your kids discover “what they want?”. Could it be by buying quick-fix, nutrient void, chemical laden foods to give them in the first place?


I can hear you now “Yeah, but it’s quick and easy and it keeps her quiet…”


Don’t get me wrong; I have the utmost respect for moms. I know I couldn’t do it alone but I am also that kid who was first the product of a family who lived for food and prepared high calorie, unhealthy meals every morning and evening and, later, a busy, working, single mom who fed me what was quick and easy and I graduated high school 40 pounds over weight with terrible eating habits and zero idea how to plan or prepare healthy meals because of it.


Remember when we grew up? You ate what was served or you didn’t eat ?


In my early years, I lived with my grandparents and heard, you’ve got two option for dinner “take it or leave it.” and ” no dessert unless you finish the food on your plate”


So, my advice is to learn to cook healthy alternatives and teach your children what real food is and what a nutritionally balanced day looks like.


Our most successful group fitness members and private clients have told me they find even more success with your kids when they get them involved with the cooking; make cooking a fun activity you do together.


Like it or not, children emulate their parents. If you eat like crap you’ll teach your kids to eat the same way. If you eat healthy your kids will too.


It’s that simple and its something that will last a lifetime for both them and you.

And remember, you’re the one paying for the groceries!


MORE FROM FAT LOSS U: How To Prepare 15 Healthy Meals in Under 60 Minutes

St Pete Fl Personal Trainers, Weight Loss Programs St Petersburg, Personal Trainers near Tierra Verde Fl

Obstacle 5 :  Too Many Glasses Of Wine In The Evening

Nobody wants to hear that a glass or two of wine at night is going to stop their fitness goals in its tracks.

Time for a truth bomb! Alcohol has the double-edged sword of both paralyzing the fat-burning process while simultaneously creating fat within the body. It also tends to lower inhibitions leading to the consumption of junk food creating a double whammy!


If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a dozen times thanks to salacious, attention grabbing  headlines and misleading articles, “consuming several glasses of wine a day is healthy because it has anti-oxidants and that keeps you from getting sick.” To this I respond “BULL”!


Actually, not just “BULL” , it is a total  load of crap! The anti oxidents in wine are behind the “wine is good for you” trend but, the reality is that fruit and veggies have more antioxidants on top of a myriad of other health benefits, so let’s just cut the BS that wine is an integral part of a healthy diet, ok?


I want to be sensitive to those busy, hard-working moms who have a glass of wine at the end of the day to unwind and take some of the load off of their shoulders because some of our most successful group fitness members where those exact moms.


I know for a fact that there are other healthier ways to de-stress that don’t have such a negative effect on your fat loss efforts. Try stretching, foam rolling, taking a bath, reading a book or, better yet, take a walk with the kids after dinner :)


PLEASE REMEMBER: When you booze, you WON’T  lose!


MORE FROM FAT LOSS U:  Chicken Avocado Salad

  Fat Blasting Chicken Fajitas

Not getting back on track NOW could lead to a dangerous slippery slope into the fall & winter months. Be strong, vibrant, fit and full of energy.

If you want to take the guess work out of achieving your goals, Our #MomStrong Transformation Challenge is a done for you Success Plan with 6 weeks of done for you meal plans, 2 Cook Books, 6 weeks of group Personal training and unlimited access to our pros in the private members only Facebook Group.

It’s going to teach you how to eat more, train less and turn your body into a fat burning machine while giving you the direction and accountability you need, plus a ton of support. Click HERE to Apply for one of 5 spots Left.

Personal Trainers St. Petersburg FL, Tierra Verde Personal Training

Committed To Your Success & Awesomeness,


Dianne Villano, Your Personal Body Shaping Expert

Fitness St Pete I Tierra Verde Fitness


P.S. Hearing from our readers is one of the best parts of my day. Drop a comment if you have any questions or just to let me know what you think about this or let me know a topic you want me to write about!


P.P.S.  Have you met Leanne, the almost 50 full time working mom who was ready to give up and accept slowing race times and constant fatigue as “a part of getting older” ? Check out her inspiring boot camp fitness training transformation story !

6 responses to “5 Best Weight Loss Tips For Busy Moms”

    • Given the examples I was given growing up and the many years it took me to develop a healthy relationship with food and ability to decipher what a nutritionally balanced food plan looks like, that is a huge thing with us. … Kids are watching and it’s up to adults to be examples

  1. In my weak moments I have given into my daughter’s request to Boston Market and CF.

    With this program I cook all meals at home and My family loves the food. Very exciting.

    • Those are actually pretty good choices when in a hurry IF you have to eat out. As long as we don’t use food as a REWARD and make it an exeption rather than the rule, it’s not a huge deal :)

  2. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  3. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog is in the exact same niche as yours and my visitors would really benefit from some of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Thanks a lot!

Leave a Reply


Dianne Villano

Your Personal Body Shaping Expert

Hello, my name is Dianne Villano. I help busy men and women over 35 who struggle to look and feel their best and teach them how to eat more, train less, and get better results than they’ve ever experienced.

St. Pete & Tierra Verde residents come to me when all else has failed and they have reached a breaking point of finally being ready to achieve the body of their dreams.

Raving Fans

"I didn’t think this weight loss program would be so easy! I dropped 20 pounds eating deliscious foods and working out 3X/week. I know I keep saying that but it’s true! At 63 years old I thought I’d never look and feel this good again! Seriously, I feel like 40 now" - Pattie A, Tierra Verde, Fl

"As a 10X full Ironman finisher, I foolishly came in thinking it would be easy given my background and boy was I wrong. Every time you think you’re getting the hang of it Dianne adds an extra twist to increase the difficulty . I lost 10 lbs and my strength increased." - Tony S , St Pete. Fl

"I had my doubts when I came in on the 14 day rapid results program, however I have become a true believer in the program. In 2 weeks, I had already begun seeing results, both physically and mentally. I feel better, make healthier food choices (most of the time), and am excited for every workout. I thoroughly enjoy the group setting and I appreciate the opportunity to develop new friendships with the other group members!" - Caren, St Pete

"After interviewing a number of different trainers, I met Dianne. My initial impression was that she was knowledgeable in her field and extremely enthusiastic. Being a physician, it was very important that I work with a trainer that had a solid understanding of the science behind the exercises, understood the importance of a multifaceted approach to to a wellness a lifestyle, including not only the physical exercise regimen but also the n nutritional and psychological aspects of their client in order to help them achieve a sustainable, healthy lifestyle for the long haul The bottom line is this: If you a are serious and committed to getting yourself in shape and developing a healthy a and sustainable nutrition and fitness program, then Custom Bodies is where you need to go….It’s as simple as that." - Dr. Michael Sprintz

14 Day Rapid Results


Get fitness tips, recipes, workouts, weekly challenges and contests and 24/7 access to our fit pros and most success ful private clients and group members .. FREE. Just click HERE to join.