After the baby’s arrival, every new mom is eager to shed her pregnancy weight and to get back into shape. However, most of their time is devoted towards taking care of their babies – finding time for self might seem like wishful thinking.
The key to losing weight is having patience and discipline. Remember that saying:‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’.
If you’re looking to lose those extra pounds, here are some tips that might work for you:
1. Skip Dieting
With a new baby (who’s also probably breastfeeding), your body needs nutritious food to stay healthy and active. Dieting may cause more harm than good and starving yourself might actually cause you to gain weight. Instead, load up on superfoods like kidney beans, lentils, almonds, avocados, blueberries, milk and yogurt etc. If you’re a non-vegetarian, lean meats, chicken and fish are good for you. They’re low in fat, high in protein and keep you feeling full longer.
2. Stay Hydrated
It is recommended that adults drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated and also fill you up so that you don’t snack unnecessarily.
3. Sleep as much as you can
Everyone who has ever had to take care of babies can vouch for the fact that getting the recommended eight hours of sleep is next to impossible. A study found that new moms who get less than five hours of sleep find it difficult to lose weight. That is because when you’re tired, your body releases a stress hormone called cortisol that causes weight gain. Therefore, take the advice of your family and friends – “Sleep when your baby sleeps”.
4. Get Moving
You don’t really have to hit the gym the minute your baby is born! Most women’s bodies aren’t ready for exercise until six weeks after normal delivery – and longer after a C-Section. Until your body feels ready, you can lose weight without exercising. Simple steps like taking walks around your neighbourhood or even climbing up and down the stairs help you burn calories.
It is believed that breastfeeding burns about 600 to 800 calories. So you could be losing weight even by simply sitting comfortably and feeding your baby. But fair warning that once your baby starts on solids, you will be losing fewer calories as your breastfeeding goes down. In this case, you need to adjust your calorie intake as per your body’s current requirement.
You don’t necessarily need to diet and exercise to lose your baby fat. Just eat smart and stay active to stay in shape.