Have you put on extra pounds after giving birth? Like most mothers of newborns, weight control is a major concern, as there is no quick fix to regain one’s original body shape.
However, if you consider that it takes nine months to get to full-term size; it makes sense that getting back your original size will take almost as long.
All it requires is a little patience, realistic weight loss goals and conscientious monitoring. Apart from small changes in routine, make sure you drink enough water of about 10 glasses or more, eat low-calorie foods, get sleep of about 7 to 8 hours and avoid stressful situations.
1. Eat for yourself!
When you are pregnant, you tend to eat more to provide better support for your baby’s growth and development.
However, after delivery, you have to learn to eat for just yourself again. Try to control the size and amount of portions you eat and try not to exceed them.
If you are a breast-feeding mother, proper nutrition is also vitally important. So, to reach your weight loss goals, you have to make effective food choices that can promote healthy weight loss after your pregnancy.
2. Concentrate on fresh fruits and vegetables and also on whole grains!
Besides providing wholesome nutrients, foods which are high in fiber allow you to feel full for a longer period of time. Choose wholegrain products instead of refined ones, as they promote weight loss.
3. Eat only when you are hungry!
When you feel anxious or nervous, you often feel as if you are hungry and tend to mask the feelings by eating anything that is available. The solution is to distract yourself by taking your baby for a short walk or reading your favorite magazine. Eat fresh fruit or vegetable snacks if you are really craving something.
4. Stay physically and emotionally active!
If you had an uncomplicated delivery, you can start doing physical exercise within days of your delivery. If, however, the birth was complicated or done by C-section, heed the specific advice of your doctor and start exercising a few weeks after your delivery.
5. Concentrate on your abs!
After delivery, fat tends to accumulate around the abdominal area. So, concentrate more on these parts during exercise, and change your diet under the supervision of a personal physician or dietician.