Once the baby arrives, you are all set to enjoy the fast-paced life of a mommy. While the pregnancy gave you the best gift you could ever have in your life, your baby, it has also given you something that you are not particularly crazy about - your post-pregnancy weight. Once the baby weight starts to accumulate in your body, it is pretty normal that you might have thought of every possible way to reduce the weight once the baby arrives. After your baby steps into this world, it is time to put your thoughts into action. Instead of opting for some not-so-suitable regimens such as crash diet, opt for healthy for slimming down methods. If you are unsure about from where to start, here are a few tips to regain that pre-pregnancy body.
As strange it might sound, dieting post-pregnancy could actually cause weight gain. Official “Diet” for weight loss could indeed derail the postpartum weight-loss goals. Feeling deprived of your favourite foods while you are already stressed out by juggling your new role as a mom and your day-to-day activities cause the weight gain. So, just give yourself some sweet time and let yourself eat healthily and eat for the hunger. The weight would come off naturally. To avoid unnecessary munching over the snacks, keep healthy snack such as apple slices, carrot sticks, wheat crackers handy.
Breastfeeding provides mutual benefits for the mother and the baby. Breastmilk is an elixir for the baby and breastfeeding is the best weight loss regimen. It could burn 600 to 800 calories a day, even if you sit comfortably and feed your baby. Some fortunate women even drop all their baby fat through breastfeeding alone. But ensure that you adjust your diet downward and/or exercise routine upward once you stop breastfeeding.
When you are breastfeeding, your body needs nutrient-rich foods. Empty-calorie foods such as sodas and chips could just add on to your belly fat. So, choose foods that are high in nutrients and low in fats. Fill your diet with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetable and plenty of low-fat dairy products. A few superfoods that could satisfy your hunger pangs and could be beneficial to your health are Fish (Salmon, sardines, tuna), milk and yoghurt, lean meat, chicken, and beans.
Drinking plenty of water could be advantageous in many ways. Along with helping you to stay hydrated, it also helps you to combat the sleep deprivation which new moms often suffer from and speed up your metabolism helping in shedding off the weight. Water also fills up your tummy so that you don’t consume food more than your body needs.
Get up and move
Weight loss regimen contains various components. Diet is one of the important components but only dieting won’t help much in losing weight. You need to offer your body light exercises. You don’t have to hit the gym as soon as you deliver the baby. Just taking a brisk walk is enough to pump up your energy and get your muscles working. After the first 6 weeks or maybe longer in case of c-section delivery, You can incorporate some other exercises such as aerobic and strength training exercises. This could help you burn the excess belly fat and also strengthen the muscles and bones. The exercise could also help you to keep you away from postpartum depression and cope up with sleep issue and stress.
It is absolutely normal to have a change in sleep pattern post-delivery as your little one needs to be taken care of day and night. So, lack of sleep and strange sleep cycles could upset your metabolism and compel your body to binge on high-calorie, high-sugar foods for energy making it harder for you to lose your pregnancy weight. So take a nap when your baby falls asleep (after all, the housework could wait) and help yourself to lose postpartum weight.