It’s quite likely that as a new mother you won’t feel entirely so confident about wearing just about any outfit you pulled out of your closet. While there’s no magical way to shake those baby pounds right off, weight loss after pregnancy is a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise.
The challenge that new mothers face is that unlike regular dieters, they need certain nutrients to keep themselves and their child healthy. These postpartum weight loss tips are in keeping with the fact that new moms need to slim down and get their energy levels up.
Get hardcore on the hydration
A new mother needs extra H2O to replace your fluid loss, especially when you are nursing. A study at Virginia Tech found that people who drank 16 ounces of water before eating, ate smaller portion sizes. This translated to an average of 15.5 pounds in three months. This makes water an important part of getting back in shape after pregnancy. Sometimes, your brain tricks you into thinking that you are hungry, when actually you are thirsty. Follow the 10-sip rule: Drink a glass of water, wait for 10 minutes and if you’re still famished go ahead and eat. This is the best method for effective post pregnancy weight loss.
Pile on the protein
High-protein foods are loaded with a hormone that fight hunger by filling you up – way more than carbs can. Many sources of protein have added benefits like iron, calcium and B-vitamins. Nuts, milk products, beans and pulses are what mommies should be munching on. Other tips for losing weight after pregnancy include portioning out lean meats like chicken and turkey to keep tabs on your fat intake. Extra saturated fat can work against your cardiovascular health.
Bring down those bumps!
Giving birth can out your body under a lot of trauma and stress. The immune system responds to this with internal inflammation. Give your body a helping hand to combat this inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods. Green tea, nuts and seeds, garlic, turmeric and extra virgin olive oil will all help your body will stay stronger, recover faster, and attain better results in losing weight while breastfeeding.
Get sneaky with it! Doing your regular exercises after pregnancy might seem like a challenge because of being sleep-deprived, tired or just being down and out exhausted. Get creative with your exercise routine such as ditching the stroller and opting for a baby carrier/sling. With the additional 20 pounds of resistance that you will be physically toting around, the muscles of your lower body will contract more and kickstart your calorie-burning. Wear your baby close to your heart for some quality baby time too.