6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Review
Every year, over one million babies are born around the world. That means over one million mothers have gone through incredible physical changes throughout their nine months of pregnancy. The majority of these women have one thing in common. The goal of returning to their post-baby body or even making it better.
There is an excess of fitness programs on the market that claim to shed pounds and inches, but many of these do not cater to a mother’s lifestyle. Luckily, there are some great postnatal workout programs, such as Sara Dean’s 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program, that are truly designed with moms in mind.
- Duration: 3-12 weeks
- Frequency: 3-5 times per week
- Total Cost:
- Money Back Guarantee
- Building Muscle
- Fat Burning
- Body Transformation
- Bikini Body
- Gain Strength
- Ab Focused
- Core Fitness
- Functional Fitness
- Post Pregnancy
Introducing the 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss by Sara Dean
Creator Sara Dean has been there and done that.
Growing up, she was about forty pounds overweight and struggled with body image issues. In her twenties she began making healthy lifestyle upgrades and it completely changed her life. While she is not yet a mom herself, she does not want mothers to distress over body image as she did, thus coming up with her six-week program that has already helped dozens of women. Sara is ACSM and HFI certified and is the owner of Fit Healthy Moms and Sync Fitness in Seattle, Washington.
The 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program is the busy mom’s complete guide to both fitness and nutrition. Throughout the duration, she provides step-by-step weekly workouts as well as a full nutrition program that is safe for both you and your baby. Even if that baby is now nine years old. That’s right! No matter how postpartum you are, Sara has your fit for life solution. Remember, any woman who has just given birth MUST receive clearance from a doctor to begin working out.
- 3-12 weeks
Six weeks is all it takes.
That is only forty-two days. After spending nine months pregnant, six week is a cake-walk. Though, Sara does let you know that there will be no cake involved here. The process is ideally a lifestyle change that you will continue long after the program is completed. It may seem difficult at first, especially for the true health beginner, but the plan is laid out for you down to the detail and designed for ultimate success at any level.
- Printed Materials
The 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program is an instant digital download. This means that you will download the program files directly to your computer or preferred device. The files are made up of PDF manuals and MP4 video files. All of these formats can be viewed on any device such as your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
If you do not have a smartphone, some ipods are capable of playing videos. The program’s follow-along workouts are only available in MP4 format, so you want to make sure you have a device that is able to play videos. The individual exercises are not included in the PDFs. The PDF files that are included, you will want to print out.
Gender Focus – Female
Being that this is a post-pregnancy program, it is geared specifically to women. No matter your age or shape, Sara Dean wants you to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. Sometimes this can be hard after pregnancy, and too often women let years go by before putting their health first.
Whether your baby is 2 months or ten years, it is never too late to make a change. The 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program helps you make small changes in a big way. Dedicating time to improve your health will ultimately give you greater energy, allowing you to be an even better mother.
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Moms at any age will find success with Sara’s regime.
It is a commonality shared amongst mothers from all walks of life that their biggest hope is for a baby who is happy and healthy. This starts with a happy and healthy mom.
With age comes knowledge, but the body’s reaction to pregnancy is very similar from woman to woman, and most women wish that they could spring back from these postpartum effects just a little faster.
Body Type (BMI) Fit
- Under-Weight (Body Mass Index
- Normal-Weight (Body Mass Index 18.5 to 24.9)
- Over-Weight (Body Mass Index 25 to 29.9)
- Obese (Body Mass Index 30 to 34.9)
- Extremely Obese (Body Mass Index => 35)
It is not unlikely that a pregnant woman will gain a significant amount of weight during their term. While a large part of this is the baby itself, there are undoubtedly extra pounds created from some of those cravings along the way. Your body changes in a big way and that includes your BMI or Body Mass Index.
BMI is a calculation of your body fat ratio, and is generally measured based on a scale of height over weight. If you are curious where you stand on this scale, take a look at the chart below.
Keep in mind that this scale does not take body composition (fat vs muscle) into account. This is why you should avoid the BMI scale in general during pregnancy. After all, there is another human in there to account for! Exercise for women of all sizes will be beneficial after pregnancy, as it will help your body regulate.
- Body Weight
It is important to remember that you will be waiting an average of six to eight weeks before you will be cleared by your doctor to exercise. The safest form of physical activity during this postnatal time period is simple walking. This is to allow your body to heal and keeps you from doing too much too soon. Once you are cleared, the 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program can begin!
Sara Dean is very aware that the majority of women completing this program are, in fact, just coming off of their six to eight week healing period. Therefore, she does not expect you to start bench-pressing hundreds of pounds. Her workouts are based on bodyweight exercises that are broken up into small circuits. Bodyweight exercise is great for women of all skill levels because it does not require knowledge of any type of fitness equipment.
Over time, you learn how to balance your own weight and create the resistance you need. If you are starting on the larger side and feel a little sluggish transitioning from exercise to exercise, have no fear.
Your body has carried you through pregnancy already. You can trust it to carry you through your workouts as well. All good things take time and a positive mindset. Along the way you will also mix in some cardio. We will dive deeper into some program specifics a little later on.
Overall health and fitness is key in anyone’s life. When you are exercising regularly and sticking to a clean and healthy diet, your body automatically functions better. This is what the 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program hopes to kick start. While it is a post-pregnancy regime, it promises to burn fat and transform your body.
Many of the exercises you will perform alongside Sara Dean are functional exercises. Meaning that they mimic many of the activities you already perform day to day.
For example, a squat is eerily similar to what you do to pick up those toys off of the floor. Another component you will focus on is core fitness, as this is the largest muscle group affected by pregnancy. Remember, your core is not just your abdominals, but all of the muscles surrounding your mid-torso, including the muscles that support your spine. If you suffered from low back aches during pregnancy, these moves will help to strengthen the area and alleviate the pain.
As an added bonus to Sara’s routine, she gives some advice for those experiencing diastasis recti. This is a separation of the abdominal muscles that occurs as your belly grows and can result in a pooching effect post-pregnancy.
Single Vs Group
- With a buddy
When entering the early postpartum stages, you may find yourself completely overwhelmed with visitors one minute and peacefully alone the next. The beauty of a digitally downloaded program is that it can be completed anywhere at any time. Sara seems to expect you to do these exercises at home, but you can choose your location.
Want some fresh air? Work out at the park! Better yet, share it with your mom’s group and work out as a team. There is no greater motivator to a mother than other moms that have similar goals. If you prefer to work out solo, that is perfect too! The end game is to just work out. It does not matter where or with whom.
- At home workout program only
- Can be done anywhere
- No - uses only body weight
The best part about the 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program workouts being based on bodyweight?
There is NO EQUIPMENT. All you need is yourself and a bottle of water. You may choose to use a yoga mat or a towel when you are performing some of the floor exercises, but they are not at all required. Another suggestion are a couple of soup cans. Nothing heavier is needed and you will feel the burn with or without them. Sara even jokes that if you are a sweater like she is, you may want a small hand towel nearby to use during the breaks in the workout.
Accessories (not required)
- 3-5 times per week
Sara Dean is on your side when it comes to timing.
Moms are always on the go and put their children first, but that does not mean there should not be any time for some self care. The 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program will have you working out for only fifteen to thirty minutes, four to five days per week. This adds up to roughly two hours a week. That is what many people spend at the gym in a day. Luckily, you do not need hours and hours at a gym to see results.
Consistency is key. If you can stick to the regime, including the nutrition plan, for the total six weeks, Sara guarantees you will see results.
Always remind yourself that what you get out of a fitness routine is only equal to the discipline you put into it. There is a recommended schedule, but as long as you are fitting everything in, you are good to go. From a day-to-day standpoint you can work out at any time, but it is suggested to exercise first thing in the morning to avoid anything else getting in the way or becoming a distraction to your plan.
- Follow required program regime strictly to get results
The ease at which you complete your six weeks is entirely up to you. Within each workout video, there are modifications for both easier and more challenging versions of the exercises. Because of this, you can mix and match, and even allows you to repeat the program multiple times, each time amping the difficulty level up a notch.
Optimal Diet Options
- Diet changes required: Yes
6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program may be the official title of the program, but it is the nutritional guide that takes it to the next level. One of the PDF files you receive is the Daily Journal. Here the entire program is laid out for you, including a food journal and meal planning calendar.
Using a food journal is an important step in the right direction for your health. It has even been proven that those who use a food journal see more success than those who do not. Recording your day to day nutritional intake shows you both where you are lacking and where you can take it down a bit.
Some women may be over-eating and some may be under-eating. It also gives you a visual of the types of foods you are consuming. By writing this information down, you are being held accountable for your actions. Sara includes blank food journal pages for you to do just that. She also suggests a handful of smartphone apps that also serve as food trackers if you prefer a more digital approach.
Meal planning is also a hugely important aspect of making a lifestyle change. It is hard to decide in the moment what is the best possible meal option, especially if eating healthy is not in your current wheelhouse. Taking the time to write down what you will be eating each day takes the guess work out of eating. You will never have to worry what foods will be available or when to eat them.
The second PDF is your Nutrition Manual, which talks about the key components to making the best and healthiest food choices. This manual also includes pages and pages of recipes that you can fill in to your meal planning calendar and also use as a shopping list.
Sara recommends that you eat six times per day in order to keep your energy consistent. Most people are used to three large meals, but you are urged to break it up. Sara even provides a formula to use to figure out how many calories you should be consuming per day, with an add-on if you are currently nursing. She walks you through how to split up these calories with the appropriate nutrient-rich foods throughout the six meals.
Some of the key no-nos you will see are:
- NO Alcohol
- NO Soda
- NO Artificial Sweeteners
Some of the dos are:
- DO eat breakfast
- DO drink plenty of water
- DO eat before a workout
- DO get enough sleep
All women are humans too, and while following the program to the letter will yield the best possible results, you do not want to feel unhappy with your program. Because of this, Sara lets you in on the 90/10 rule. For two meals each week, you can eat whatever you like. This means two meals, NOT two days. Let yourself in on those cravings, but jump right back on the wagon and keep on moving.
The 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program meals should leave you plenty satisfied. Sara Dean does not believe in the low carb/high protein method. She does sing the praises of protein and is sure to include a little at every meal. Within her selection of recipes you will find delicious clean foods that both you and your family will love.
Speaking of family, the dinner recipes are divided into “Single Serving Dinners” and “Multiple Serving Dinners”, acknowledging that it is hard to make nutritional changes in your household if you are the only one on board. At the end of the six weeks, you and your family will have an arsenal of amazing go-to recipes and healthful habits you will continue to use well beyond the program.
- Supplements Required: No
- Supplements Brands Recommended: No
Workout Program Support
If you have any questions about the program or need a little help in any way, you are free to contact Sara or fill out the contact form on the program website. As another form of support, you will receive emails throughout your six week journey to check in and offer extra tips.
You will also be able to access the Fit Healthy Moms blog and podcast for more encouraging posts. The 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss program does not have an official social media presence, but you are able to share Sara’s blog posts to initiate a conversation among fellow moms.
Remember, YOU are your biggest support system.
When it comes to user reviews, the 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program certainly delivers. This may be thanks to the program instructions encouraging you to take before and after photos. After all, most women tend to consider success when they look in the mirror rather than how they feel on the inside. Physical results take the longest to appear, so the women who have followed the program through and through have some incredible words. On her website alone you will find about thirty success stories with before and after photos.
“I did actually end up skinnier than my pre-pregnancy weight.People will hate me for this. . . The weight just literally fell off. Sara is a great motivator and I am a horrible self motivator. She is educated in what I should/could do, so I didn’t even have to think about what exercises were appropriate. The results I saw from working with Sara actually motivated me to do some weekly walks on my own. I couldn’t have imagined you not being a part of that amazing time in my life.” ~Ashley B., Mother of 2
“I signed up for this program after working out regularly on my own without being able to lose the last 10 lbs. after having kids. I thought I knew what to do and what to eat but I wasn’t having success losing weight in my waist and hips. During the program, I found that I could get more from Sara’s workouts than hours in the gym doing the wrong things. Every workout is different, and goes by so quickly I hardly even realized how hard I was working. Sara gives you nutritional plans that are easy to follow and I never felt hungry or deprived. At the end of 6 weeks, I lost 12 lbs. and 3 inches from my waistline. That was more success in 6 weeks than I had had in years working out on my own! Plus, I feel I have gained the knowledge of what I should put in my body, how much to eat and the confidence that I can do it on my own. I have so much energy, sleep great and am a positive role model for my kids & family now. I am so happy with the results that I plan to continue the program. Best of all, I am really excited to feel this great when I turn 40 in 2 weeks! Thanks Sara!”
~Melissa P., Mother of 2
Other User Testimonials
Sara Dean and her program has won features within The Seattle Times, the Queen Anne News & Magnolia News, ABC, and Komo News, all of which sing her praises. One headline reads “Fed Up and Frustrated Moms Discover an Amazing New Weight Loss Program to Melt Away Up To 20 pounds of Fat and Up To 6 Inches Off Their Waists in 42 Days”. Outside of these testimonials found on her own website, it is hard to find any user reviews elsewhere.
Workout Phases Overview
Now that we have heard the hype, it is time to take a look at the ins and outs of the 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program. As we know, the program walks you through six weeks, or forty-two days, of both a fitness regime and a nutritional guide. Since we already discussed nutrition, here we will focus on the fitness aspect.
First things first. Sara Dean requests that you take a before photo as well as your starting measurements. She includes a worksheet for this purpose. At the end of the program you will take another photo and another set of measurements.
You will be working out for fifteen to thirty minutes, four to five times a week. If you only make it to four, that is quite alright. Since you are not working out for long hours, you will be working out smarter and harder for short periods of time. Push yourself as far as you can go. These are bodyweight-based exercises, so you only need a small clear space to get to work.
There are six total weekly workout videos plus two core workout videos, titled Core 1 and Advanced Core. For the first three weeks of the program you will use the Core 1 video and then switch to the Advanced Core video for weeks four through six. If you do happen to have diastasis recti, Sara suggests using Core 1 for the entire duration. A sample workout week looks like this:
Monday: Workout 1
Tuesday: Core 1
Thursday: Workout 1
Friday: Core 1
Saturday: Workout 1
For a full week you will follow along as Sara guides you through the corresponding week’s workout video. The following week you would move on to the next video and so on and so forth. Note that you are given two full rest days, making the regime completely doable for a busy, potentially working, mom. If you have to miss a workout, Sara says “do your best to make up for missed workouts by eating very well!”
While the exercises are heavier on the bodyweight side, there are two optional cardio workouts you can integrate into the program. You can add these onto the regular calendar or substitute one of the weekly videos for a cardio routine. No matter which you choose, be sure to always start with a basic easy warm-up and end with a cool-down. You can also mix and match cardio depending on how you are feeling on any given week.
The first type of cardio is Steady State cardio, which allows you to work at the same rate for an extended period of time. Over a twenty to thirty minute frame, Sara would like you to work at about a 7 on a scale of 1-10. The second option for cardio is HIIT, short for High Intensity Interval Training. This type of training is known for having the maximum after-burn effect, causing you to burn calories long after you have finished your session. You are provided with four sample HIIT cardio workouts to choose from or use as a guide.
Starting a new program is tough, but having a plan will make it easier. Plan out when you will work out each day and stick to it for maximum success. Your mindset and attitude will greatly improve if you work out first thing in the morning, making for a more productive overall day.
Money Back Guarantee
- Money back guarantee available: Yes
The entire 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program can be yours for $67.
This is a large discount for a program that is claimed to be worth about $400. Due to the overwhelming user testimonials, this will be a pretty solid purchase. Just in case you are not satisfied, Sara offers you a sixty-day money back guarantee. Without question, you will receive every penny back and since the program is a digital download, you cannot send it back so it is yours to keep.
Investing in Diet and Supplements
To reiterate, workout programs and nutrition regimes are only as good as you make them. This includes the foods you consume. Many programs will urge you to buy organic, which can be very expensive in the long run. Sara Dean wants your to eat clean, meaning the foods you consume will be as far from processed as possible.
She does not, however, suggest specific brands. It is up to you to decide what you will spend and on what. Luckily the nutritional guide here does not expect you to trade your mortgage payment for organic carrots harvested off the coast of Tahiti. Spend what you can, focus on fresh, and commit to consistency.
Monthly Subscription Program
- Has Monthly Subscription Program: No
Once you own the 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program it is yours. There are no monthly subscriptions or fees. You do, however, have the option to purchase the Baby Fat Burner Bonus for an additional $20. Within this bonus pack you will find four videos:
- Full Body Ball Workout (24 minutes)
- Booty Blast (13 minutes)
- Stop Peeing Your Pants! Reconditioning Your Pelvic Floor (15 minutes)
- Top 5 Secrets of Fit & Fabulous Moms (22 minutes)
- Grocery Store Tour (30 minutes)
These videos give you a deeper understanding of the full program and will only boost the wonderful plan Sara has provided.
Calling all mothers! If you are looking for a well-rounded fitness routine that combines nutrition to create the ultimate lifestyle, look no further. Sara Dean has created the 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss Program just for you. You are always told that your body is a temple and it IS. Especially after giving birth. You have given everything your body has to offer to create the beautiful human being you now hold in your arms. It is time to give back to yourself. In as little as twenty minutes a day you can be on your way to your post-baby figure, or even a body that is leaner and fitter than you ever thought possible.
- Created with a busy mom in mind.
- Combines both exercise and nutrition.
- Format is easy to follow.
- Provides multiple print-outs as guides: food diary, meal plan calendar, measurement tracker.
- Workouts are 30 minutes or less.
- No equipment or gym memberships are required.
- Designed for moms of all ages, levels, and body types.
- Can be accessed on any device.
- Provides recipes.
- May be difficult for those who have a hard time with consistency.
The classic pro/con list is pretty clear. In the end the pros win out by a landslide. There is nothing to lose and Sara Dean wants to help you every step of the way. By purchasing the program you are thanking your body for giving you your miracle baby. Once finished, you will have radiant energy and healthy habits that you will be able to share with your growing family for years to come.