Losing weight can be a constant struggle for busy moms. Postpartum "baby weight" has a habit of hanging on (even if it's been 5 years since you last gave birth), and the simple act of having kids in the house often means easy access to high-calorie sweets and treats.

As moms, we don't have time for complicated diets or hours to devote to working out at the gym. There are small changes you can make to your daily routine that can yield big results. Check out this laundry list of weight-loss strategies and see if one or several could make a difference for you.

1. Focus on Your Overall Health

Being healthy is more important than the number on the scale. If you're living an unhealthy lifestyle, gradually changing to a healthier one can have a huge impact on your weight.

2. Eat More Vegetables

It's almost impossible to eat too many veggies. And the more of the healthy stuff you eat, the less room you'll have in your stomach for high-calories snacks.

3. Don't Finish the Food on Your Kids' Plates

I know, you hate to waste those last bites of food, but don't eat them yourself. Over time, those extra bites can translate into extra pounds.

4. Skip the Sugar

Eliminating sugary treats can help, but also think about the sugar in dairy (lactose) and wheat breads and pasta (glucose). Or simply eliminate high fructose corn syrup from your diet — there's a good chance you'll see some positive results.

5. Make a Vision Board

If you're motivated by the clothes you want to wear (but can't fit into right now), cut out pictures and hang them where you will see them every day. Or use Pinterest to create a board of clothing that will inspire you to reach your goals.

6. Don't Deny Yourself

Some days, you really need that Caramel Macchiato and all the fat and sugar it contains. It's okay to treat yourself, just don't make it a daily habit. Weight-loss experts say it over and over again — moderation is key.

7. Split One Meal into Two

Moms often develop the ability to eat at superhuman speed, mostly because we don't have much time. This can easily lead to overeating, so if you have the chance, take some of the food off of your plate in advance and save it for you next meal.

8. Drink Plenty of Water

According to WebMD, "water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories." So keep you water bottle handy.

9. Get More Sleep

Not the easiest tip for moms with young children, I know, but there is a confirmed connection between sleep deprivation and the way your metabolism functions. If possible, try going to bed earlier, or if you have the option, napping during the day.

10. Exercise

You can't get around it — burning those calories is simply one of the best ways to shed pounds. Having a tough time fitting it in while taking care of children? Exercise with them!

11. Make Vegetarian (or Vegan) Substitutions

Vegetarian options are usually lower in calories, as well as healthier overall. Try adding a few vegetarian meals to your meal rotation or occasionally choosing the meatless option when dining out.

12. Make Healthier Substitutions

If you're craving chips, try air-popped popcorn. Instead of chocolate cookies, try substituting crackers with a thin layer of dark chocolate peanut butter.

13. Stop Drinking Soda

Soda, even the diet variety, can pack on the pounds. Yes, it has caffeine (which many moms need desperately) but cutting it out completely is an easy way to lose those extra pounds.

14. Set Achievable Goals

Be realistic about how much weight you can lose, and how much (if any) you need to lose. Remember, a healthy body mass index is good; an Angelina Jolie-type figure is bad.

15. Breastfeed

Many mothers lose baby weight easily while breastfeeding, while others swear that it doesn't make a difference. Personally, I thought it helped me shed the weight I had gained during pregnancy, so it's something to consider.

16. Have Sex More Often

Sex burns calories, is way more fun than a trip to the gym, and boosts your endorphins too.

17. Play With Your Kids

As moms, we have one of the best weight-loss tools ever at our disposal — active kids who are always ready to dance or play (or force us to chase them across the parking lot at a moment's notice).

18. Remember the Big Picture

Weight loss can be hard when your kids are still little, because you usually have more pressing concerns than your figure. It can be frustrating when you can't fit into those pre-pregnancy jeans right now, but remember, this doesn't mean you never will!

I am not an expert on weight loss. Some of the above suggestions are from research, others from personal experience. If you need serious guidance, please contact a doctor or dietician.