You’ve gone through the last nine months of your life and finally you have your little bundle of joy wrapped up tight and in your arms. Now, you may be excited but a little exhausted at the same time. You may also be tired of seeing the photos of the latest celebrity moms looking their best even after giving birth.
They seem to easily lose pregnancy weight.
It is very easy to lose pregnancy weight when you have a doctor, personal chef, trainer or nutritionist telling you every move to make and even preparing and serving you the food. You may not have the resources that the celebs do but there is still a way for you to look like your amazing self.
Here are a few helpful tips to get you on the road to the new you, dropping the extra pounds that you packed on with baby and preparing you for the next photo shoot – or family photo.
Utilize the Team
Calling upon friends and family members to assist you with some much needed down time is crucial in succeeding in losing weight after pregnancy. One of the most crucial elements and secrets to losing pregnancy weight is to have the time to do it.
Getting plenty of water, especially if you are breastfeeding, is one of the most important ways to lose weight. Also if you are breastfeeding it is important to eat the right foods and not restrict calories. Following a meal plan rich in nutritious foods will help you to succeed.
A diet rich in fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, and the right kinds of fat will help you to lose weight effectively. Whole grain breads, chicken and fish, and preparing meals cooked in extra virgin olive oil will help aid you in succeeding on the diet plan.
Time for Exercise
While you may think you have used all of the energy you can muster up, cardio exercise is important for staying healthy and losing the weight you need to. We are not talking about strenuous stair climbing conditioning, but rather a brisk walk around the park or slow jog with the baby stroller. Every step you take helps you to reach your goals.
Get Adequate Sleep
You might be thinking, yeah right! It’s sort of a rite of passage to be severely sleep deprived during the first few months after you have your baby but lack of sleep can make your pregnancy fat loss goals come to a screeching halt. Now you’re not going to get 8 hours of sleep but studies suggest moms who get more than 5 hours per night are more likely to lose the pregnancy fat quickly, especially when following a healthy diet.
Taking care of yourself will not only benefit you but the entire family. Following the proper meal plans, staying hydrated, getting ample rest, and taking time out for yourself will help you to lose pregnancy weight.