Looking to get back into shape after pregnancy? Find long-term success with these five simple steps to help you achieve Healthy Weight Loss After Pregnancy.
Healthy Weight Loss After Pregnancy
You'll be surprised at how easy it is to lose weight and feel great about yourself after having a baby. If you started out at a normal weight and gained the recommended 25-35 pounds, it shouldn't take you more than a couple of months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight if you watch what you eat and exercise.
- Changing bad eating habits and set your metabolism on fire! – Believe it or not, eating right doesn't mean having to count calories, fat grams, or carbs. Yes, it's true. After the birth of our fourth child last year I lost 60+ pounds before her first birthday by eating the healthy, clean foods as such as leafy greens, lean proteins, low-glycemic vegetables, fruits high in natural sugars, and healthy fats such as nut & seeds.
- Drink up! – Drinking plenty of water throughout the day prevents you from getting dehydrated and fills you up so that you don't eat as much. Plus, some research has found that it may speed up your metabolism.
- Exercise at home. Use a fitness ball to build a powerful core and get your muscles back into shape. – Let’s face it. Having a baby and entertaining more than a few holiday indulgences takes a toll on our bodies. Fitness balls are great because they are an inexpensive investment and are very effective at targeting core muscles, those muscles that are essential for stability and good posture. With a fitness ball, you’ll not only strengthen your core muscles but will also strengthen, shape and tone your legs, glutes, arms, chest, back, shoulders, and abs.
- Breastfeed. – Most experts suggest exclusively breastfeeding burns around 500 calories per day. While breastfeeding, be sure to eat plenty of fiber-rich foods, drink lots of water, and avoid drinking alcohol, which is nothing but empty sugar calories anyways.
- Get some sleep. – Being sleep deprived could make it harder for you to shed the baby weight, because when you're tired your body releases cortisol and other stress hormones that can promote weight gain. Sleep when your baby sleeps, catch as many naps as you can during the day, and go to bed early – at least until your baby starts sleeping through the night.
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