Does the excess baby weight get you down every day you watch yourself in the mirror? Well, it happens to most of us. Motherhood is a beautiful feeling; however, the toll it takes on your body is not. The entire process of pregnancy and childbirth can be extremely hard on the body- lack of energy, hormonal changes, reduced mobility and cravings for less than healthy foods makes it quite difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now that your baby is here, you have lot to think about.
The foremost important thing is how to regain the body you had before you became pregnant. Well, it is easy but it is also crucial that you give your body some time to convalesce after having a child. As time is the key factor in this entire weight loss plan, so take your time, heal your body properly and once it is safe and comfortable for you, get ready to shed those extra pounds from your body. However, if you are clueless regarding where to start from today’s blog post aim at helping you to accomplish your goal.
Watch what you eat:
Pregnant women are wonderfully pampered. Every time they crave for sweets and other fattening foods there is no shortage of people to cater to those cravings. But once the baby arrives, you better watch what you eat. Experts say that keeping a food journal is the best way to keep a track of your daily intake of nutrients.
So here are a few important healthy eating tips to help you lose weight- Don’t skip meals. Eat 2 to 3 meals a day with healthy snacks in between Eat breakfast to keep yourself energized throughout the day Choose low-fat milk and dairy products. Do not drink whole milk to make good breast milk When you crave for snacks choose fruits and vegetables.
Foods like, berries, apples, bananas, pepper strips or carrots are low in fat and high in vitamin and fibre Drink plenty of water to flush out fat as you are losing weight Do not drink soda or other fluids rich in sugar and calories Limit sweets, fat and sugar Choose boiled or baked instead of fried foods Don’t go for crash diet or fad diet to burn calories
Ramp up your workout program:
A healthy diet combined with regular exercise is the best possible way to lose baby weight. Once your body is ready for the weight loss plan, push yourself into a hard routine but do not overdo. Incorporate aerobics or weight training exercises to keep your muscles and bone strong. You do not have to forcefully create a bond between your body and exercise. You can also take your baby for a 20 to 30 minute walk in a stroller and burn calorie.
When it comes to exercise, any activity is helpful. You can also get active with your baby and make fun workouts.
As breastfeeding is healthy for your baby, so it is as your weight loss strategy. However, if you are breastfeeding, you should plan to lose weight slowly as weight lose that happens too fast can produce less breast milk. Breastfeeding gradually makes your body burns calories. You need to be patient if you want to lose your weight while breastfeeding.
Get enough sleep:
Although it is impossible to get a full eight hours sleep when you have a baby, being sleep derived can make it difficult to shed the baby weight. Studies shows that mother who sleep for five hours or less a night are more likely to hold onto their excess pregnancy weight when compared to women who slept for at least six to seven hours a day. This is because when you are tired because of lack of sleep, your body releases cortisol and stress hormones and thereby promote weight gain. Also when you are exhausted and don’t feel like taking care of yourself you tend to choose unhealthy foods or grab something through a drive-through.
However, before you plan to start your weight loss program, consult a doctor and a dietician who will guide you to lose weight safely and effectively. So stop being one of the women who never loses her last 20 to 30 pounds and continue to blame it on the baby even when he/she has started their elementary school.