Giving birth is just the first of many emotional, mental and physical challenges coming your way. These include adjusting to being a mother, if this is your first time, and, of course, getting rid of those pounds that you gained during pregnancy. In most cases, you could lose the excess weight within two to three months with a healthy diet and exercise. If, however, you already happen to be overweight even before your pregnancy, then losing the pounds that you gained might take more time. Here are some tried and tested tips on how to lose weight after having a baby.
A Different Approach to Dieting
After giving birth, you should take a different approach to dieting. This is not the typical way of eating where you deprive yourself of carbohydrates or foods that you love. Doing so could even derail your post-pregnancy weight loss goals. When you are restricted from your favorite food while having to deal with stress after pregnancy, this could result to even more weight gain in the long run.
Instead of depriving yourself, you can load up on a well-balanced variety of foods, while ensuring that you stay energized. You can keep different snacks in the house to manage hunger and cravings throughout the day. No matter how much weight you want to lose, it is recommended not to go below 1,800 calories a day or a little more if you are breastfeeding.
A lot of women are sleep deprived and overwhelmed with motherly duties to even think about exercise. Physiologist and postpartum fitness expert Renee M. Jeffreys M.S. says that this is perfectly okay since most women are not ready for serious exercise until after six weeks of giving birth. This period could even be longer if they had a Caesarean section.
Exercise, however, does not have to be strenuous at all. You can start by walking around the neighborhood. Just do as much physical activity as you can without pushing yourself too far. You can gradually increase the distance walked until you can do 20 to 30 minutes of cardio and up the ante.
Forget About Celebrity Moms
You might have seen a lot of moms on TV or in magazines bounce back to top shape just after giving birth. Do not get sold by how these people do it. While this looks like a great achievement, a lot of celebrities resort to dangerous means to lose weight and get back into their careers fast.
The first six weeks should not be about getting your mindset to keeping in shape again. Instead, focus on your new bundle of joy. Also, you should also consult with your doctor before embarking on any weight loss plan.
There are a lot of variables that connect breastfeeding to weight loss. However, it has been proven that breastfeeding actually burns 600 to 800 calories a day. This is quite a rewarding activity since you get to bond with your new baby and burn calories at the same time.
For some lucky women, they can drop all their post-pregnancy weight just weeks after giving birth through breastfeeding alone. However, things can also change when you start weaning your baby. When this happens, you should also adjust your calorie needs accordingly.
Get Some Sleep
It is really harder to get sleep when there is a new baby in the house. However, lack of sleep can lead to a lot of health risks — and weight gain, for sure, will not be far behind. This is why it is important to get that much-needed shuteye. You can go to bed extra early or nap along with the baby.
A study has shown that new mothers who slept for five or fewer hours per night were more likely to hold on to their pregnancy weight. When sleep deprived, your body releases cortisol and this activates a lot of factors that can promote weight gain.
Pregnancy can take its toll on your weight. Fortunately, with the right habits and a realistic and healthy fitness plan, you can lose all that weight before you know it while still having the right mind and energy to care for your newborn. Do you have any post-pregnancy weight loss tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!