Losing weight after having a baby is just one of the many things you must think about. If you started out at an average weight and only gained the 25 to 35 pounds recommended by your physician, you should have no problem getting the weight off. However, if you started out overweight or if you gained more than your doctor recommended (after all, you were eating for two, right?), you may find it’s more challenging to drop those pounds.
However, don’t fret- the following tips will help you to drop that baby weight easily and quickly.
1) Don’t go on a diet.
This may sound pretty strange- especially when you’re trying to lose weight. However, going on a diet after having a baby could completely derail your weight loss goals. Being a new mom is already stressful enough- you don’t want to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Basically, just eat healthy foods, and only eat when you’re hungry. You’ll see that weight start naturally melting off.
Instead of dieting, you should have a well-balanced variety of foods in your eating plan. Keep healthy snacks such as wheat crackers, carrots, and apples in the house. These will help to fill you up and provide you with much needed energy.
Remember though, no matter how desperately you want to lose weight, you should do your best to consume at least 1,800 calories- especially if you’re breastfeeding your new baby- which brings us to our next tip.
2) Breastfeed your new baby
It hasn’t been officially determined whether or not breastfeeding helps with weight loss, but some studies have revealed that exclusively breastfeeding will result in quick return to your pre-baby weight. However, some other studies have shown no difference in weight loss between mothers who bottle feed and those who breastfeed. You should know that breastfeeding provides a variety of health benefits for the baby- as well as some bonding time for mom and baby. Also, breastfeeding will allow you to add an additional 300 calories a day- just don’t use it as an excuse to overeat.
3) Drink plenty of water
In order to prevent dehydration, you should make sure you drink plenty of water. Also, it fills you up so you eat less and could possibly speed up your metabolism.
4) Get plenty of exercise
Exercise is a very important part of any weight loss plan. Start out with some aerobic and strength training exercises. Exercise has other benefits besides helping you lose weight. It can help ease stress, insomnia, and even post-partum depression.