So you are through with the exciting journey of pregnancy and are more or less settled with the new baby routines. Life has limped back to normal, except for one thing- the weight you have gained during pregnancy.
With erratic sleeping and eating schedules, you do not seem to get very far on the weight loss curve. The key to the whole thing is patience. A few tips here might help you stay on track with weight loss go.
1.Get up and move: Your body will need a six week rest after the delivery, longer if you have undergone a C section. However, right from the first week any small amount of walking you can do will help. Make sure that it does not exacerbate the bleeding. After the six week check up, start with a 20 minute walk, 5 days a week.
2.Do it with your baby: If you do not have the liberty of leaving your baby behind, then tailor some physical activities along with your baby. Push the stroller while you walk and lose calories. Or come up with a quick work out with your baby. You can try abs crunches with your baby. Hold your baby to the chest while you do lunges. Get creative.
3.Small steps that count: Every small little effort you make counts. Squeeze in a little extra activity into your daily routine. Every mommy activity you do even if it is for five minutes helps you burn calories.
4.Breastfeeding your baby: You need to pack in 500 extra calories while you are breastfeeding. But you lose almost 600 to 800 calories when you breastfeed. So all in all you might actually be losing weight as you breastfeed even if you are not exercising. But once you start your baby on semi solids your baby will have less of your milk. This means that you need to control your calorie intake or squeeze in some exercise.
5.Watch what you eat: Eschew all empty calorie foods. Load up nutrient rich meals containing lean protein, whole grain cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy products. Do not diet. Eat small meals spread throughout the day. This prevents your body from putting on weight as the calories are metabolized better. Also it prevents you from overeating.
6.Snack wisely: Keep healthy snacks around the house to satisfy your cravings. This will avoid the temptation to load up on high sugar treats. Too much sugar can send you blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. Have more of dairy snacks. The calcium in these snacks actually aid weight loss by blocking a hormone that allows the body to store fat.
7.Take to drinking water: Drinking plenty of water in a day helps avoid dehydration. It also fills you up so you do not eat as much and it makes for an efficient metabolism.
8.Take naps: You are probably forced into weird sleep cycles given your newborn baby. This can upset your metabolism and make it harder for you to lose weight. Take a nap whenever the baby does. That way you do not end up with a long term sleep deficit. It will keep your energy levels in check and reduce your high calorie cravings.
9.Team up: With others who are in a weight loss spree. This will help you stay focused on your weight loss target and keep you motivated. It makes for friendly conversation as well which might feel good after all the baby talk!
10.Stay Positive: Focus on the weight loss you have achieved so far rather than what you need to lose. If you still do not fit into your old clothes then buy some new fun clothes. Get a new hair cut, change your make up and try to keep yourself cheerful.
Remember you took nine months to put on the weight; it might take you longer to slim down. Try not to get frustrated. You have created a fabulous human being who is worth the effort!