6 Amazing Tips to Reduce Weight after Pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth are the most awesome incidents in a woman’s life. Although there is a lot of health issues and mental ups and downs involved in these two, the outcome is great! But once you get used to your beautiful new baby and set your schedule with her/him, you get at least a little free time and you realize that you have actually gained some weight during the whole process. If you want to look like an ideal healthy mother, with your baby in your arms and still having a great figure (someone like the Duchess of Cambridge) you will have to make a plan to shed those extra pounds. Here are some tips that may help you out.

1. Were You Slim or Fat Before Pregnancy?

Remember that the process of shedding weight may be achieved within not more than a couple of months if you were a slim-trim lady before pregnancy and put on 25-35 pounds upon your doctor’s recommendation. On the other hand, if you were already an overweight or obese lady before the conception, you will take quite longer to achieve weight loss, even an entire year.

However, in any case, you have to try for it, while having patience. It is understandable that you want to follow the footsteps of your favorite celeb who went into her size zero outfits right after childbirth; but remember that what she tried for that wasn’t good for her body. Weight loss should not be achieved drastically in any case; it should be given its own time.

2. Stay Away from Dieting

You may be shocked with this tip and even stop reading this article, but please hold on! Here’s what doctors say. Doctors say that going on one of the official “diets” can actually disrupt your weight loss efforts post-pregnancy, because feeling craved for your favorite foods especially when you are already tense while performing your new mom’s role can actually cause weight gain. Instead, if you take up healthy eating and eat only when you are hungry, weight may come off naturally.

Instead of going on a diet, eat a balanced assortment of foods. Store various healthy snacks in your kitchen to save you from feeling hungry and for feeling energetic for the whole day. Some examples are fruit slices, chopped pieces of carrot and cucumber and wheat crackers.

You should be especially careful while trying to lose weight after pregnancy and should avoid going below 1,800 calories per day. This is necessary if you are breastfeeding.

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3. Look for Nutrition

Be well-informed about nutritious foods as you require maximum nutrition after childbirth. Have foods that are loaded with nutrition and devoid of or have a very few empty calories.

An example of such foods is fish. They are godsend for moms because they are full of the very essential DHA which a mom gives off to her baby during pregnancy and becomes deprived of it after childbirth. So, you should compensate it with fish. DHA is essential for a healthy brain and nervous system. Cold water fish like sardines, salmons and tuna are rich sources of DHA.

Other examples of nutritious foods are milk and yogurt. They are high in calcium which too a mom gives off to her child during pregnancy and becomes devoid of it. As you know calcium is essential to keep your bones and muscles strong and healthy.

For proteins, keep yourself well-fed with chicken, lean meat, pulses and beans. They are low in fats and are rich sources of fiber and protein, so keep you full for longer too.

4. Breastfeed

I know I am not giving you a “eureka” with this, as now it’s quite well-known that the process of breastfeeding actually reduces weight (though some studies differ from this fact). Just think logically, that your baby takes up nutrition from your body in the form of breast milk; so, you need to take in 300 more calories per day to compensate that (If you have got twins, you should add a little more to this quantity). Just stay away from being tempted to eat whatever you want in whatever quantity.

5. Exercise

Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny the importance of exercise in weight loss and overall health. It becomes even more important when you try to shed weight after pregnancy. Exercise helps you gain the necessary strength you have lost during pregnancy and delivery, besides shedding off the extra pounds. Learn aerobic and strength training exercises and incorporate them in your schedule. They are not only useful for weight loss, but also benefits in many other issues like depression, sleep issues and stress that are common in new moms. Though you may not get 30 or 60 minutes in a row when you have a baby, you can break up the session in 3 to 4 10-minute parts.

However, you should also remember to take your doctor’s permission before taking up any supposedly strenuous or heavy exercise, especially if you have undergone C-section.

6. Sleep

I know it’s impossible for you to get a full 8-hour sleep when your baby summons you every now and then all through the night. But remember that being deprived of sleep, your task of getting rid of the extra weight becomes difficult. A study revealed that new mothers who slept for 5 or fewer hours had more chances to hold their extra weight than those who could sleep for seven hours or more. A hormone named cortisol (also known as stress hormone) and other stress hormones are released when you are tired and can contribute to weight gain. Another side of lack of sleep is when you are deprived of sleep, you are tired and then can’t feel like taking good care of yourself; so, you tend to choose unhealthy foods and avoid exercise.

So, make it a point to grab as many naps as possible during the day, whenever your baby is asleep and retire to bed earlier at night.

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