If you have recently had a baby, or ever had a baby for that matter, you know that pregnancy puts your body through many changes. One of those changes is, unfortunately, weight gain. While some women easily shed pounds by chasing around their toddlers and trying to care for a newborn, others find it hardly that simple and need a little more help. It IS possible to lose pregnancy weight fast in a healthy way. Guess what else, it’s even possible to keep it off for good!
Wether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, it’s especially important that you maintain a healthy postpartum lifestyle. Eating right and getting a sufficient amount of rest and exercise is essential in getting your body to bounce back into shape and lose pregnancy weight fast. For this very reason, you need to be weary of any kind of crash diets, or anything that is going to eliminate important food groups from your diet. In fact, any diet that eliminates food groups from your diet is something you want to steer clear of. If it is something you cannot follow for the rest of your life, it’s probably not a good idea.
To get into the habit of eating right, and eating enough if you are breastfeeding, you need to learn what foods to look for and how to prepare them in a healthy way. Anyone can go buy fresh corn at the grocery store, but once you slather it in a heap of butter and salt, it isn’t quite as healthy as it was to begin with. Learning how to prepare your food so that it is healthy AND delicious is extremely important. Remember, food is fuel. Now, that is not to say that you cannot enjoy a brownie every now and again!
Aside from eating right, getting exercise after you have had a baby is also important in being able to lose pregnancy weight fast. You don’t even have to go to the gym to get exercise. In fact, I recommend putting the new baby in a stroller and going for a power walk around the neighborhood. Afterwards, you can choose a couple extra exercises to do depending on what day it is. For example, on Monday you could focus on abs, Wednesday would be legs, and Friday you would work out your upper body. This way you are not cramming it all into one day and exhausting yourself but still getting in strength training as well as cardio.
Last but not least, surround yourself with other people trying to lose weight. It would be really difficult to lose pregnancy weight fast if you are doing it alone right? Having the right resources and support around you is going to make or break your weight loss success. Wether you join a local weight loss group or follow an online pregnancy weight loss forum, make sure that you are around others to share your success and keep each other motivated!
Don’t be a fence sitter. Get up, get moving, and make the changes you want to see! With the right attitude and the right resources, you CAN and WILL lose pregnancy weight fast! This IS your year!