Your baby is born and everyone is excited. Soon though, some of the joy begins to dwindle and the new mum turns to reality and asks the question of how to lose weight after giving birth. Added pressure is often put on new mums when they see the celebrity or rich mums losing baby weight virtually instantly. However, it should be remembered that these have personal trainers and nutritionists on hand and can afford to spend every minute of the day in the gym whilst someone else looks after baby.
It is essential when deciding to lose weight that you focus on healthy eating and being reasonably active. If you apply these two important principles from the outset then your weight loss success will be achieved very quickly and you will also feel the benefit of being much more energised. If you are breastfeeding do not worry about harming the quality and quantity of your milk supply, as long as you are eating nutritiously, drinking lots of water and are taking some exercise on a regular basis. All new mums should look to have a selection of foods from across the 5 main food groups and sensible portions as and when you feel hungry are recommended.
Once your doctor or health advisor has given the go ahead you need to become reasonably active. This is the one major thing that is often neglected in weight loss advice as everyone wants to find the easiest way to lose baby weight without any effort. Weight loss can be achieved by eating nutritiously but by combining this with some regular gentle exercise will boost your baby weight loss and you will lose weight much, much quicker.
Now I’m not talking about running a marathon here but to begin with if you try and carry out 20 minutes of gently exercise per day (walking, swimming, pilates) then you will quickly see and feel the benefits. Although you have to do enough exercise to raise your heart rate a minimum of 3 times a week you need to be careful not to do too much. During pregnancy your body has physically been through an awful lot and does need time to adjust. Also, if you do too much then you will get fed up and give up carrying out any form of exercise. This is not good generally and certainly no good if you want to remain healthy and lose weight.
Once you have got used to carrying out some gentle exercises try and introduce some strength training about 3 times per week. Now again I am not talking about building up your muscles like a body builder but by using your own body weight or a resistance band etc you can start toning areas of the body and give a further boost to your energy levels and weight loss.
All this sounds like a big undertaking but it is essential that you realise food restriction and fad diets simply do not work and you need to start eating nutritiously and taking regular exercise if you want to be successful at losing baby weight. You will also have the added bonus of feeling much more energised and will start to look fantastic in no time at all. If you follow this simple advice you will quickly get your weight loss under control and will have far more energy to look after your new beautiful baby.