So you had your little bundle of joy, but now you’re attempting to get rid of the not-so-joyful bundles on your waist and hips. The average woman gains 25-30 pounds during pregnancy, but during birth, only about 12-15 pounds are lost. If you’re breastfeeding, you can subtract an additional ½ a pound a week. The remaining 8-12 pounds can take some time to shed - but remember, if you stay focused on your weight loss plan (and have a little patience), eventually the weight will come off.
Being a new mom you’re probably tired and really busy caring for your newborn, which can make losing the baby weight even more difficult. A support network composed of your significant other, family members or friends who can help you out will be a real benefit - express your desire to shed the baby weight, and let them help you try and find at least a little bit of time for yourself to make this goal possible. Here are some other quick tips to help you get your baby weight loss plan underway:
Before you start any post-pregnancy weight loss plan be sure to consult your doctor, just to make sure everything is kosher.
Start strolling - like any new mother, you probably don’t want to be away from your little sunshine for too long, so why not try incorporating time spent with your baby into your exercise routine? A simple way to accomplish this is to take your baby for long walks in the stroller. You can even add some hilly paths to your route to help intensify your workout. If you’re really ambitious, there are even running strollers on the market that are a great way to get in a quick run.
Keep active - join a gym or invest in some exercise tapes that you can do at home while your baby is sleeping. The best way to lose the pregnancy weight is to get moving, but it’s important that you ease into an exercise program. Start off slowly and don’t do too much at once. Your body needs to adapt, so you’ll want to give it time to get used to being active.
Journal it - you’re busy and don’t have a lot of extra time, but tons of post-pregnancy dieters swear by this simple tip: write down everything you eat. And that means every last morsel! You may not even realize the extra calories you consume by noshing mindlessly, so review your food journal periodically. It might help you identify key trigger times, and will make it easier to stick to your weight loss plan.
Healthy Eating - this isn’t the time to try out the latest crash diet or limit your food intake. Instead, choose healthier options such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat yogurt, chicken, lean meats and oatmeal. Talk to your doctor about how many calories you’ll need during this time, particularly if you are breastfeeding.
All it takes is patience and determination, and in no time you’ll have your pre-pregnancy body back. The key is to ensure the weight comes off gradually. Realistically, while following a weight loss plan you shouldn’t be losing anymore than two pounds a week if you want to maintain your weight loss for the long term.