So you’ve had your baby, it’s been a few months, and now you’re wondering if you’ll ever be able to go back to the pre-pregnancy body. Well, let me tell you one thing up straight – you’ll get it back, maybe not the exact body you had earlier but you will and it’s not going to be easy. The reason I’m saying this is that after pregnancy you have to take everything very slow. Whether it’s getting intimate again with your partner or starting to exercise, everything will happen but at a slow pace. When it comes to exercising, first thing you have to understand is that your body went through a lot during pregnancy and child birth and putting any unnecessary strain on it may lead to problems. So slow and steady should be your motto when starting to lose weight. Here are a few useful tips for losing weight after delivery.
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- Watch Your Diet.
- Take Naps.
Surprised it’s the top most on the list? Well, even research has shown that women who breastfeed their babies end up burning about 600-800 calories on a daily basis. And that’s simply by just sitting comfortably and doing absolutely nothing. Breastfeeding is one sure shot way of getting back on track where your weight is concerned.
Weight training does not necessarily mean that you have to start lifting 20-25 kgs weight. You have to start off with free-weight training meaning that you have to start with using your body weight to set the pace initially. Exercises such as lunges, squats, push ups require little to no additional weights. Once your body has got a little used to it, you could start lifting 5-10 kgs weight and build from there.
Watch what you’re eating
One thing you must absolutely do is watch what you eat. In pregnancy, you may have gorged on food when you craved, but now is the time to cut back a little if you are serious about losing that weight. I’m not saying you should go on a diet because proper nutrition is needed if you’re going to breastfeed. This is the time you should start avoiding fried foods, too much sugar, cheese… just have a restrictive diet and you’ll be on your way to a healthier and fitter you.
Aerobic and strength training
If you want to keep your muscles and bones strong while at the same time burn major calories, then any physical training that gets your heart pumping will do the trick for you.
To begin with, even if you simply start with a brisk walk a day (with your baby) initially, that should be more than enough to get you back on track. Take that baby stroller and of course your baby too if isn’t too cold outside and brisk walk for good 30-45 minutes.
Get the much needed rest and sleep
It is only understandable that with a baby getting a full eight hour sleep must be next to impossible. But let me tell you that it only a matter of a few months and when your baby starts to get into a routine, it will be easier for you to get your much needed sleep. It has been found in studies that the more you deprive your body of rest, the harder it becomes to shed that weight. So you know what you have to do now, right?
Well these are some of the first steps to take to start on the weight loss journey. One piece of advice I’d like to give is that before starting any physical routine, please get an OK from your doctor who knows your health history. Sometimes it is better to wait a few more months before starting physical exercise. So get in touch with your doctor first.
What steps did you take to lose your baby weight? Any specific exercises or routines? Let us know.