You have just given birth to a healthy baby. You and your family are ecstatic about the miracle. As the initial excitement settles, and as you get into your routine in taking care of your baby, your attention turns to your own body. You gained a lot of weight during your pregnancy. After you gave birth, some of those extra pounds are still with you. You are wondering how you can lose those extra pounds. Here are some tips in postpartum weight loss that you can consider.
First of all, it is important to realize that losing those extra pounds will take a while. That is normal, and that is actually a safer approach. A pregnancy makes great demands on a woman’s body. After birth, your body is still in recovery mode. So, have a mindset that weight loss will occur slowly in order to avoid traumatizing your body any further.
The foods that you eat must continue to be healthy and full of nutrients. This is for maximum benefit for your and your baby because what you eat will fortify your breastmilk. Your meals should include lots of fruits and vegetables that are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. You do not have to avoid carbohydrates because that is part of a balanced diet. Just make sure that any bread and pasta you eat are made from whole grains and not from processed flour.
Instead of eating three main meals with regular portions a day, consider eating smaller portions at more frequent intervals. That will keep your appetite in balance so you will not get hunger pangs that may tempt you to overeat. It will also balance your blood sugar so that your body will get a steady source of energy throughout the day. That is important as you are meeting the demands of your baby every hour. Never skip a meal with the presumption that you will take in less calories. You will only set yourself up to gorge on food later when you become extremely hungry. That will defeat your postpartum weight loss efforts.
You should not keep any junk food in the house. Even if you have a craving for chips, if you do not have them in the house, you will not eat them. Keep on hand healthy snacks instead, like fruits and veggie sticks. Try kale chips if you want something crunchy to munch on. Eat only when you are hungry. Savor each bite of food to extend the duration of your meal. When you eat slowly, you feel more satisfied by your food.
Make time for regular physical activity. Start with easy activities that are easy for you to do. Taking a walk with your baby is a good start. If you can find someone to watch your baby for a little while, you can go to the gym to swim or to do some light resistance training. Feed your baby right before you exercise so you will not worry about rushing through your exercise routine to feed him.
By sticking to these basic ideas, your postpartum weight loss plan can be successful. Remember to consult with your doctor about it. Just set a realistic goal for yourself. The most important thing to remember is to approach this in a safe and steady manner.