Many women find themselves unhappy with their bodies after their little bundles of joy have arrived, and post pregnancy weight loss can be a great way to help remedy that depression. Regaining your former fitness and weight levels is key to maintaining your own long term health and building up your self-esteem as you deal with the challenges of raising your young child. Here are four quick and proven post-pregnancy weight loss tips that will combat that stubborn baby weight. Combined, these diet and exercise tips will show new moms speedy and lasting results.
Of all of the coming weight-loss tips, breastfeeding is the least active and lifestyle altering, yet one of the most effective. Breastfeeding can burn up to approximately 600 calories a day. Plus, it allows you to spend quality time with your newborn while also reaching your weight-loss goals.
2. Revamp Your Diet
Now that you can no longer justify eating pickles and ice cream for two, it is time to rethink your diet. Stick to balanced meals comprised of a combination of lean, skinless proteins like chicken and fish; whole grains and cereals like whole-wheat pasta and quinoa; as many fruits and vegetables that you care to eat; low-fat or fat-free dairy products like milk and cottage cheese; and "good fats" like those that can be found in olive oil and avocados. And, don't be afraid to snack between meals, though if you do, make sure to eat foods that are high in fiber and that will satisfy your hunger like dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Additionally, make sure to drink 10 to 12 glasses of water per day to stay sufficiently hydrated.
3. Take Naps
Of course, it is easier said than done with a new born who sleeps for only short periods throughout the day (if at all), but getting in even small amounts of sleep is key to boosting your metabolism, to giving you energy to exercise, and to keep you focused on your own health, well-being and weight-loss goals.
4. Get Moving
For most expectant mothers, the end of pregnancy is a fairly immobile time, so even a small amount of non-strenuous exercise will both jumpstart your metabolism and surely get you motivated to keep moving to eventually reach your weight-loss goals. Remember, no one is expecting you to run a marathon--start slowly by taking a walk around the block. If you would like more of a work out than that, carry some free weights with you on that walk or push along your newborn in a stroller.
Engaging those extra muscles will make your work out all the more challenging and effective. There are also a number of exercises that you can do on your own time and in your own living room and that require no supplemental equipment to be purchased, such as lunges, squats, sit ups, push ups and dips.
For more information about post-pregnancy diet and weight loss tips, consult a trainer or your physician.