Your pregnancy is over and you gave birth to the most beautiful baby you had ever set eyes on. You are gradually gaining back something like a routine, and it’s time to re-gain your before-pregnancy body, if not better! Well, you need not struggle to lose those baby weights. Here are 5 proven steps to lose your baby weight fast and look great all over again!
Women who breastfeed will actually lose weight faster than those who don’t. As long as you eat varied and well balanced, breastfeeding can help you lose your baby weight without compromising either your health or your baby’s health by dieting. Breastfeeding burns 600 to 800 calories a day, so even if all you do is sit comfortably and nurse your baby, you can still naturally burn calories to make breast milk every time you nurse.
2. Take plenty of naps.
Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation increases levels of a hunger hormone and reduces levels of a hormone that makes you feel full. The effects may lead to overeating and weight gain. Thus nap and sleep whenever the baby does. The last thing you want is to end up with a long-term sleep deficit. Sufficient sleep keeps your energy level high and makes you feel good. It also keep those potentially naughty cravings away!
3. Get moving and exercise.
Being a new mom, you’ll probably be too sleep-deprived and overwhelmed with learning to take care of your tiny infant to even think of exercise. However being active and exercising is more crucial than ever. Exercises helps elevate metabolism, lose the extra weight and helps you reduce stress and tension. Start with low-impact exercise, like walking, yoga or swimming for 20 to 30 minutes. A good suggestion would be pushing your baby in the stroller for 30 minutes at the neighborhood park. That can help you burn some good solid calories and lose the baby weight!
4. Watch what you eat.
Fill your diet with a variety of nutrient-rich meals containing lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of low-fat dairy products. Say no to junk food and empty-calorie foods like sodas and chips, they do more ham than good anyway. Simply put, increase the intake of “good” carbohydrates and reduce the “bad” carbohydrates. As the saying goes, you are what you eat.
5. Drink lots of water.
Drinking water and weight loss are directly related to each other. Water is very important in helping you to lose your baby weight. Water helps to lose weight by boosting your metabolism rate, thus paving way for quick weight loss. Instead of eating junk food between meals, drinking no or low calorie drinks is filling enough without adding pounds. Drinking a glass of water will usually greatly reduce any false hunger pangs. Furthermore, the process of burning calories requires an adequate supply of water in order to function efficiently; dehydration slows down the fat-burning process.
Work toward a gradual weight loss, eat healthy food when you’re hungry, and make sure you get enough water. Include physical activity in your daily routine and sleep whenever you can. It’s the best way of losing weight easily and safely. Losing baby weight after pregnancy takes time, but with determination and discipline it is possible.