The baby has finally arrived and while he took a few pounds with him, you’ve still got a few more pounds to shed. Don’t worry. With a bit of hard work and dedication, you can get rid of the post-pregnancy weight. The following are just a few tips on how to lose those pregnancy pounds the safe way.
Skip the Diet
Diets don’t work. It’s that simple. Diets are based on deprivation, which leads people to cheat on their diet and then give up completely. Instead of focusing on a diet plan, simply make healthier choices and enjoy high-calorie and high-fat foods in moderation. For example, instead of grabbing a breakfast sandwich at the drive thru, get a smoothie and a fruit salad.
The link between breastfeeding and weight loss has not be scientifically proven, but women who breastfeed 100% of the time often see the weight come off quicker than those who don’t. Women who breastfeed also need 300 calories more per day, but those extra calories should consist of healthy foods.
Drink Plenty of Water
There are a number of reasons water helps with weight loss. First of all, it can fill you up and make you less likely to reach for a snack. Another reason is that water boosts the metabolism, making it easier to burn calories. While you’ve probably heard that drinking 8 glasses of water per day is your target, some recommend dividing your body weight by two and drinking that many ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 180, you would drink 90 ounces of water per day. If you don’t want to keep track, take a look at your urine. You should be going to be bathroom every 3 to 4 hours and the urine should be relatively clear. If the urine is dark, this means you’re not drinking enough and are dehydrated.
No, you don’t have to hit the gym. Though new mothers do require aerobic and strength training to help them shed the pounds, that doesn’t mean you need a gym membership. You can go for a walk, dance in the kitchen while the baby in napping, or even do stroller fitness. There are a number of great exercises for mothers who don’t have time for the gym. Best of all, exercise helps with depression, insomnia, and stress.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Many mothers laugh at the idea of getting 8 hours of sleep each night. It’s true that being the mother of a newborn will require nightly feedings, but the sleep you do get matters. When you put your baby down for a nap, take a nap yourself. Lack of sleep makes it much harder to lose weight.
You don’t have to settle for the new frumpy body that pregnancy left you. There are a number of things you can do to help shed the post-pregnancy pounds.
About the Author: Ruthanne Matalka gave birth to twins 6 months ago and is carefully adjusting her lifestyle so that she can lose the extra weight she gained naturally. She loves reading articles on sites like momexclusive and other health and mom blogs because they keep her goals in perspective.