After having a child, everything changes- even your body. After nine months of carrying a baby, of course, you’re going to look different- but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Now that you have your bouncing bundle of joy, it is time to bounce back into shape. So here are some tips on getting rid of pregnancy weight to help you out.
This is probably the easiest and fastest way to get rid of those unwanted pounds that have piled up over the past nine months. Studies have shown that women who breastfeed their child completely without the use of any milk supplements can burn up to 600 calories a day- so that is like a good two-hour workout without having to lift a finger.
But since not all women breastfeed, or at least not all the time, there are other ways to part with that postpartum fat.
Going on a diet is actually not recommended right after you give birth, but that does not mean that you should eat as much as you have every day over the last nine months. So, one way to regulate your food intake is by drinking a whole lot of water. Not only does this make sure that you do not get dehydrated, but it actually keeps you full so that you don’t feel the need to snack as much and there have even been studies that show drinking a lot of water can actually speed up your metabolism.
There is no escaping this one- Exercise. Whether you like it or not, you have to exercise if you want to get back in shape. Even if your diet and breastfeed and succeed in getting rid of all of the weight that you have gained during your pregnancy, you will need to diet in order to make everything toned once again. You wouldn’t want to be sagging now, would you?
Now, you don’t really have to take on a full workout every day. You do need to take it a little easy after you give birth after all. You can start with brisk walking. Experts suggest that 150 minutes a week should be enough at first.
There are a lot of programs that can guide you back into shape. But it is true that prevention is better than cure- meaning that if you can keep fit during the pregnancy, the better. Check out Pregnancy Without Pounds for more information.