Trying to follow a post pregnancy weight loss regimen while changing diapers and between feedings seems to be an impossible goal to achieve. You are overjoyed, over tired and crazy busy. To top it all off, you’re dying to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight. The extra pounds you have gained may even be getting in the way of your perky energy levels. Let’s explore some tips for post pregnancy weight loss.
THE DON’TS OF POST PREGNANCY WEIGHT LOSS
You Don’t Have to Start Now
You are eager to get back in shape but you need time to recover. Don’t be in a hurry, wait a month or two and ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to start dieting and working out.
Take your time, you don’t need to lose any more of the vitamins, nutrients, and energy you already put into making a baby. Like that the post baby weight loss process takes time.
Do Not Skip Meals
Yes, you are a very busy, exhausted woman,but skipping a meal is not the answer, especially if you’re breastfeeding. You and the baby need those nutrients!
THE DOS OF POST PREGNANCY WEIGHT LOSS
Dieting alone doesn’t cut it, you have to combine nutrition and exercise. It’s already hard to do all you do in a 24 hour period, especially if you went back to work, but if you can fit some fitness, it will help you with post pregnancy weight loss. Enlist the help of other new moms!
Do not deprive yourself, but avoid what is known as detrimental to any weight loss (bad carbs, sugars, etc.). Focus on fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole grain, low fat dairy, lean meats, proteins. Find yourself a fitness meal plan and stick to it.
Be Picky About What You Drink
Sugary drinks? Tempting! But totally unhelpful in losing post baby pounds and totally unnecessary. Water, green teas, homemade fruit juice and/or vegetable smoothies.
Get Some Rest
We know it’s tempting to stay up just to make sure the baby is getting everything they need. Sometimes you may even feel like you don’t need sleep. Not true! You need the rest. The longer you’re awake, the more your body needs to eat in order to allocate resources to overworked areas. You’re baby is going to be fine. Plus, with more rest, you’ll be more alert and vigilant to watch them.
Nowadays, doctors advise mothers-to-be to not put on too many pounds during pregnancy. Once upon a time, we we told to eat for two but not anymore. Regardless, between the cravings, the hormonal changes and our metabolism, it is not easy to stay our slim self.
You can lose your post pregnancy weight while staying and keeping your baby healthy and firm up by squeezing in a few squats, planks and crunches… those exercises that will get you back in shape in no time (but not without effort). Start slow, and don’t give up!
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