Ways To Help You Lose The Baby Weight
June 8, 2015
Now that your little baby has arrived, you may be wondering how to shed those excess pounds put on during pregnancy. You’re not alone—many new moms are looking to lose the baby weight. Here are some tips to help you:
- Breastfeed! While it’s not a silver-bullet solution, breastfeeding does help take off some extra weight. If you’re breastfeeding, you need to consume an extra 500 calories (like the whole “eating for two” saying goes). Breastfeeding actually burns calories—so it’s its own kind of workout or weight loss approach, just for moms! So if you’re already breastfeeding, or planning to do so, this is one simple way to start losing weight—it’s a positive side effect.
- Exercise—with baby. Once your doctor has given you the “OK” to workout (this usually comes at your six-week postpartum checkup), start exercising! One worry moms have is not having enough time to work out. However, there is a lot you can do with baby in tow, which may resolve the time or child care while working out issue. Take the stroller to a nearby park or high school track and jog (or fast walk). On Meet Up, or even mom-centric Facebook groups, you will be able to find other moms to go walking or jogging with. Have you seen this popular video circulating on Facebook? This mom incorporates her children and stroller into her strength workout—it’s a great video. Get creative and have fun!
- Adjust your diet and the foods you’re eating. Take a look at what you’re eating and make a list of some of the most common foods you eat. See if you can replace those with a healthier alternative. For example, if you love pasta, switch to wheat pasta. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, try eating a bowl of fresh fruit or making a smoothie. By trading out for healthier alternatives, you’ll cut your calorie and fat intake, which will help you toward your goal of losing weight. As an added bonus, these changes, unlike many fads or crash diets, are sustainable. These are things you can continue doing well after the baby weight is gone, and help create a healthy lifestyle.
- Plan meals ahead of time. Moms are busy (which is not a surprising fact to anyone!), so take care to plan your meals ahead of time. By doing this, you can avoid the trap of realizing it’s dinner time and you have no idea what to fix. Creating a menu for the week and grocery shopping to make sure you have the necessary ingredients helps keep you on track and eating healthier than last-minute meals, like fast food or take out. It’s OK to give yourself a “cheat meal” here or there if you haven’t had a chance to plan a menu or get to the store, but do your best to keep that menu planned so you continue eating healthy, calorie-conscience meals. Also, do your best to make healthy snack choices readily available, like keeping a bowl of fresh fruit always on the counter.
- Track your calories, food intake and workouts. Your smartphone is your friend! Download an app to track what’s coming in and out of your body so you get an accurate accounting of calories (both from what you’re eating and what you’re burning). Two popular apps include:
- MyFitnessPal: iTunes (free), Android (free) and Windows (free)
- Lose It!: iTunes (free) and Android (free)
- Drink water, lots of it! If you’re breastfeeding, staying hydrated and drinking water after every feeding is a must. So if you’re nursing, chances are your water intake is pretty good. Either way, drinking water is a good thing to do to help with your weight loss. While many health care professionals don’t think drinking water is the actual thing that causes you to lose weight, the common consensus is that if you’re drinking lots of water, you’re not drinking soda and other calorie-filled beverages, filled with sugar and other sweets. As an added bonus, drinking plenty of water also does wonders for your skin, so it’s really a win-win all around!
- Love your body. It took nine months for that sweet baby of yours to grow and develop before he or she joined your family, so remember, it may take time to lose that baby weight. Learn to love your body in its different shapes and forms. Look beyond just the number on the scale or the way clothes fit. A positive attitude can make a big difference. Give it time and commit to a routine, and soon enough you’ll find yourself to your goal weight.
We’d love to know—what has worked for you in losing that baby weight? What tips or tricks do you have to share?
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