It’s no wonder why pregnant women begin scheming about how to lose the pounds once the little one arrives.
When your baby is born, your days gradually start to regain somewhat of a routine. This is also the time to put your ideas into actions if you want to lose that extra weight after pregnancy. However, it’s not an easy task to get back into the shape again after your baby is born.
If you are unsure about exactly how to begin, we have outlined five proven steps for working your way back to your pre-pregnancy shape- or better.
1- Get Up and Take Action
Most new mothers are overwhelmed to even give a thought about exercise. Exercise physiologist and postpartum-fitness experts say that’s perfectly fine for new moms to behave in such a way. According to them, most women’s bodies aren’t easily prepared for some serious exercise until 5 to 6 weeks after giving birth. It could take longer if you have had a c-section birth.
Start by walking short distances, it makes you feel light and doesn’t cause or aggravate bleeding. Begin with walking around the block and little farther the next day. Stick to this plan until your six-week checkup. This will prepare your body to do 20 to 30 minutes cardio for 4-5 times a week.
Experts recommend pushing a stroller 1-2 miles in 35 minutes to burn around 150 calories. You can do walking up and down stairs for 20 minutes if don’t feel like going out.
When you breastfeed, your body needs an extra 500 calories a day, and about 2,700 total. However, since breastfeeding can burn 600 to 800 calories a day, even if you sit comfortably at home and breastfeed your baby, you could still be losing some weight.
Though, you need to be aware that as soon as you halt or taper off breastfeeding your baby, or start supplementing your baby’s diet with solids, your calories need will plummet. You could gain weight if you don’t adjust your diet and exercise routine upward.
Weight training goes a long way towards accelerating the metabolism. There are several easy ways to learn weight training if you don’t want to join a gym. You can take help of your baby in this.
Hold your baby to your chest and do lunges, you can also do lunges behind the stroller as you walk. Or lie down on your back, hold your baby above the chest, and press her up toward the ceilings a few times.
If you are not sure about all this, consider hiring a personal trainer for a few weeks to get back on the track.
Medical experts suggest that getting plenty of sleep is linked to helping weight loss. It is because you’re not compelled to binge on high-sugar, high-calorie foods for energy.
Untimely and strange postpartum sleep cycles can upset your metabolism and make it harder for you to drop pregnancy weight. Thus, take naps anytime the baby does. This will keep your energy level maintained and cravings in check.
5- Eat Healthily
Excessive sugar consumption can unstable your blood-sugar levels. And when blood sugar drops, you’re more likely to crave and eat the first thing you can get your hands on. So, prefer skipping sugar treats, try avoiding the temptation to eat such foods.
Keep nutritious foods close and stock up on low- fat milk and yogurt for snacks. Studies have shown that calcium from yogurt and milk can aid weight loss by restricting a hormone that allows your body to store fat.
Prefer eating high-fiber snacks like raisins and fish. Consumption of such foods can fill you up and help with regularity and digestion.
Above mentioned were some of the natural ways to help you lose some weight after pregnancy. Studies suggest that if you don’t want to follow a heavy schedule to drop excessive weight, sticking to these proven, natural ways can surprise you.