If you’ve been worrying about how to shed those extra pounds. How to lose weight after pregnancy. Here are some things you can do:
7 Secrets to lose weight for new moms:
1. Maintain realistic expectations:
It took about 9 months for you to gain that weight. Don’t expect to shed it off in just a few weeks through vigorous exercises. Crash diets are not a good course of action either. Accept the fact that losing your pregnancy weight might take some time or if you’re genetically lucky, maybe less. Just be thankful that with a little effort, you can definitely get rid of it.
2. Don’t compare yourself to celebrity moms:
Wouldn’t it be nice to be one of those fabulous celebrity mothers who seem to go back to their original waistlines in such a short time after giving birth? Problem is, not every pregnant woman is a celebrity, which means we don’t have access to a bevy of dietitians, personal chefs and fitness trainers on call 24/7. Many of us don’t even have nannies or house help.
If you want to lose your pregnancy weight effectively, don’t compare yourself with celebrities. It’s unrealistic and what they have is too expensive to emulate.
3. Don’t exercise immediately after pregnancy:
If you think you can battle pregnancy weight with vigorous exercise just days or weeks after your baby is born, you’re wrong. Too much physical exertion can be dangerous. Allow your body to heal first – it takes about 2 to 6 months before it returns to normal.
Start your exercise program after your first trip to the doctor for a post-natal or wait until after about 2 to 3 months. This is the time when you’re gaining strength and your monthly period becomes regular. Begin gently. Ask your doctor for guidance if you’re unsure. Based on your medical history, he can help you decide which exercise programs are best for you and how fast you can transition from one level of exercise to the next.
4. Enjoy your physical activity:
You don’t have to feel trapped in structured exercises. They can get boring after a while. Light to moderate impact exercises are especially helpful during the first weeks when you begin to exercise. Training your body to get used to moving again will make it easier for you to adjust gradually to heavier exercises later on.
5. Don’t skimp on nutrition:
Eat a lot of nutritious food while you’re trying to lose your pregnancy weight. This is particularly important especially if you’re breastfeeding. Get about five portions of vegetables and fruits daily. Bulk up on fiber to help you with elimination and keep you from eating too much because fibers are filling. Get a good amount of calcium and protein from milk, yogurt, cheese, lean meat, fish and chicken.
6. Watch your weight loss:
You typically gain an average of 30 lbs. during pregnancy. When you give birth, you lose about 13% of this weight. The rest is what you’ll have to work for. The safest weight loss range you should aim for is 0.5 to 2 lbs. per week, no more.
7. Keep hydrated with water:
Drink plenty of water every day. This helps keep you refreshed and aids your body in flushing out toxins. If you want more flavors, go for naturally sweet fruit juices like watermelon or crushed apples. If you can, stay away from soda. It’s loaded with calories, making your job of losing your pregnancy weight doubly difficult.