As a new mom, and the little one with you, it ‘s hard to lose weight. Most of us are eager to put away those maternity clothes and slip again into the old denim. It is essential to have a different approach to weight loss after pregnancy; the focus is also in good health apart from losing weight.
Check Your Eating Habits:
When you are pregnant, you might have adjusted the habits to support the baby’s development and growth. After the pregnancy, it is still important to have a close check on the eating pattern- especially because you are breastfeeding.
- Focus more on vegetables, fruits, monosaturated fats and whole grains- these foods are rich in fibre and also provide many other nutrients while helping you feel full for a longer time.
- Avoid temptation: Do not binge on junk food post pregnancy. Keep that food out of your house.
- Do not try losing weight quickly; you will be prone to putting on weight again. Let the weight shed slowly and steadily.
- Eat Smaller portions at a time. Do not skip meals, do not go on a whole fruit or vegetable diet as that way you will miss out on vital nutrients.
- Include a lot of physical activity. You can either start immediately or wait for a few weeks before starting your workout.
- If you start your workout, feed your baby just before the exercise to avoid any discomfort. Wear suitable clothing and a supportive bra.
- Include your baby in your workout routine, take the baby for your daily walk in a stroller. You can even lay the baby next to you when you are performing floor exercises.
- Find a walking buddy, finding someone to go with you might motivate you to lose weight faster.
- Remember to drink plenty of water before, during and post the workout. Stop exercising if you experience any pain or discomfort. Pain might be a sign to tell you; you are over doing it.
- Setting realistic weight loss goals is important. During the first week, you might lose more weight as the body will get rid of retained fluids.
- By following a diet and exercising it is possible to lose about 0.5 kg in a week’s time.
- Be gentle with yourself, do not overdo it and accept the changes in the body with pride.
Studies say that breastfeeding can help you return to the old weight faster. Nursing also allows you to lose an additional 300 calories a day. However, if you breastfeed, do not use it as an excuse to binge on whatever you want to eat. Curb your taste buds and experience going from maternity clothes to your old jeans in a few months.