Being a new mom can itself take a toll on your life initially, so do not be surprised if your doctor says that losing weight is something that should be the last thing on your mind for at least 6-8 months after your delivery. It is important for you to be patient and give your body some time to recover from the physical exhaustion of pregnancy and gain some strength before you take charge of keeping a check on your weight.
Going on a rigorous dieting during this time can be a mistake. Strange as it may sound but it is a known fact revealed by the medical community that if you deprive yourself of your favorite snacks and food immediately after your delivery, when you are already stressed with new responsibilities; it can actually cause you to gain weight instead of losing it.
Nonetheless, it is natural to fret about how you will get back your lost body shape and how you would lose the baby weight. So, once you think you have accustomed yourself to your role as the new mom and have gained enough strength, given below are a few tips that can prove to be helpful in losing baby weight:
DO NOT DIET, EAT A BALANCED DIET:
No matter how desperate you are to shed off the extra pounds that you have packed during the pregnancy, make sure that your total does not fall below 1800 calories per day, especially when you are breastfeeding. Try keeping your refrigerator stacked with some nutritious snacks that are both filling and help you maintain a high energy level throughout the day. Wheat crackers, apple slices, and carrot sticks are some good choices. Adhering to eating healthy and only when you are actually hungry, in itself would cause you to lose a lot of weight naturally.
Super foods like fish, yoghurt, milk, chicken, beans and low meat are all good for your health in your lactating days, as they have maximum nutrition and still have a very low calorie count.
BREASTFEEDING IS NOT AN EXCUSE:
While there are still doubts if breastfeeding can actually help you lose any baby weight but it definitely is good for your baby’s immunity and many other health benefits. So, many doctors believe that it is okay to add around 300 extra calories to your diet when you are breastfeeding. The only thing that you should be mindful about is that, you must not start using breastfeeding as an excuse to eat anything that you want.
GET SOME SLEEP:
A study recently showed that new moms who sleep for less than five hours a day are more likely to hold onto their baby weight more than moms who sleep for 6-8 hours a day. When you are exhausted, stress hormones and cortisol are released by the body that may increase your weight even more. Also, when tired, there is a good possibility that you would not feel like taking care of yourself and are more likely to grab a snack from the refrigerator when you are just bored and not even hungry. This may also contribute to a cut down on your physical activity. “Sleep when your baby sleeps” is thereby the best mantra to manage this situation.
It is also necessary to incorporate some strength training exercises and aerobics into your everyday regime. This would help you burn calories as well as keep your bones and muscles strong.
Following these tips would make sure that you soon become your old self again, or may be a lot stronger and healthier than before.
So, what’s your story? How did you shed your baby weight? How successful were you? Or, are you still struggling to get several pounds off you, even after 5-10 years? Share it all with us in the comments section.