Now that your new baby is here, it’s time to get rid of those extra pounds you’ve put on during pregnancy. But with an extra hectic schedule, can you still squeeze in some “getting back in shape time”? Absolutely! Here are five easy and effective ways on how to lose baby weight fast.
How Long Does It Take to Lose Baby Weight?
If you previously had a “normal weight” and added the 25-30 pounds your doctor advised, it won’t take you more than a few months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight if you watch what you eat and exercise.
But if you were overweight before pregnancy or you put on more weight than your doctor recommended, it could take longer – up to a year, to lose the baby weight.
It’s essential that you lose the baby weight as this has been connected with overweight and obesity 15-20 years later in life.
5 Steps to Losing Baby Weight after Pregnancy
#1: Get Moving!
Start working out now. 10- to 20- minute relaxed strolls at home will do you good even if you had a C-section. Start more rigorous workouts 6 weeks after delivery to give your body time to heal. Find an activity you enjoy – biking, jogging, swimming or brisk walking and plan it into your week. Simple exercises such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and pushing your baby’s stroller while doing minor errands also helps. Not only do these exercises after pregnancy help you lose those love handles but also lowers your risk for postpartum depression.
#2: Load Up on Super Foods.
New mothers need to fuel up especially if they’re breastfeeding. Munch on foods that are heavy in the nutrients you need and light in calories and fat.
Fish is packed with DHA (an essential omega-3 fatty acid that helps your infant develop a healthy brain and nervous system). Cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna are packed with DHA.
Milk and yogurt will give you the calcium you need for strong bones. Don’t forget to add chicken, fruits, lean meat, vegetables and whole grains to your daily diet as they are rich in protein and fibre which will keep your tummy satiated longer.
#3: Drink Up.
Hydrating yourself throughout the day avoids dehydration. It also keeps you full which curbs hunger pangs and water is said to boost one’s metabolism. You know you’re drinking enough fluids when your urine is relatively clear and you’re going to the bathroom about every 3-4 hours.
According to research, most women return to their pre-baby figure faster when breastfeeding. Losing weight while breastfeeding is possible as you’re practically eliminating around 100 calories per day. Just do it slowly since dieting isn’t recommended in the first few months as you’re still recuperating from giving birth and establishing your milk production.
#5: Free Your Mind.
Nursing a baby isn’t easy. It will stress you out releasing cortisol also known as “stress hormones” which can make you crave for sweet, salty and fatty foods. Learn how to relax. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Play with your baby outside. The fresh air will be good for the two of you. Allot yourself a few minutes of “me time” during or at the end of the day to unwind.
Have a positive mind. This is the most important tip on how to lose baby weight fast. Losing weight takes time and effort, but you’ll bring sexy back in time. Besides, who says you can’t look fab just because you aren’t at your pre-pregnancy weight yet?
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Rooting for you,
~ The HSO Team ~