Are you trying to lose weight after pregnancy? After childbirth there is a lot of pressure on women to lose weight, and to feed and care for their baby. Seriously, i am not here to bore you with some untested and unhealthy ways to lose baby weight because they are not good for your health. Losing baby weight takes little bit of time, effort and determination. You should know that your body needs enough time to recover after childbirth. If you lose baby weight too soon after childbirth, it can take you longer time to recover. Medical encyclopedia suggests given yourself until your 6-week check-up before slimming down or losing weight. The following are proven ways to lose weight after pregnancy:
Breastfeeding can help you lose weight after pregnancy by burning a lot of the calories in your body. If you are breastfeeding, you will want to lose weight slowly because losing weight too fast can make you produce less milk and this can interfere with your breastfeeding. Losing about a pound and a half (670 grams) a week should not affect your milk supply and your entire health.
According to Fitpregnancy.com, as soon as you stop breastfeeding, or begin supplementing your baby’s diet with solid foods, your calorie needs will plummet. You could really pack on the weight if you don’t adjust your diet downward and your exercise routine upward.
I know it is very tempting to crash diet (not eating enough) in order to lose weight faster but it is not a good way of losing weight after pregnancy. Crash dieting will probably make you drop few pounds at first, but those first few pounds you lose are fluid, few fat or muscle and you will eventually gain them back when you return to your normal eating habit.
What you should do:
Eating foods that are high in fibre help to lose weight.
Eating protein can also boost metabolism, decrease appetite and reduce calorie intake. Studies demonstrate that protein has a greater thermic effect than other nutrients; hence the body uses more energy to digest it than other types of foods, which results in more calories burned.
Choose non-fat or low-fat dairy products. Reduce sweets/sugar. You can reduce sugar by avoiding processed foods.
Furthermore, eat high-fibre snacks like figs and raisins or whole-wheat crackers with veggies. They can fill you up and help with digestion and regularity.
Drink lot of water will help you to be hydrated at all the times. Water is essential for anyone trying to lose weight.
Regular exercise is the best way to lose some pounds but it is not recommended hit the gym immediately after giving birth. Start with a walk, Kegel and kneeling pelvic tilt. Note that rapid weight loss is unhealthy for your body, so do not overdo it. If you are unsure of what exercise to do, hire a professional trainer to help you out.
A lack of sleep can negatively affect your health and weight. Strange sleep cycle can also disrupt your metabolism and make it harder for you to lose weight after your pregnancy. Research shows that a lack of sleep is related to retaining more weight after pregnancy. It is always good to sleep when your baby is asleep.
Ask for help and support:
Connect with other moms who are also looking for ways to lose baby weight. It will help you hear about their difficulties and success stories. They will also encourage and help you in your quest to lose some baby weight. If after following these steps you’re still struggling to lose baby weight, enlist the help of your doctor and a dietitian.
Disclaimer: The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care professional.