It can be disconcerting to find out that after you have delivered your baby, you still cannot fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes. Baby weight is notoriously hard to lose because the normal Weight Loss mechanism doesn’t seem to apply; for one thing, having a baby means that you cannot go off to the gym whenever you feel like it. Second, new moms are often fatigued and sleep-deprived, and would rather use any free time getting some rest. Third, if you are breastfeeding, dieting is not really an option because restricting your caloric intake is bound to affect the quality of your breast milk.
Studies have found out that if baby weight that doesn’t come off within a year of giving birthit is likely to become permanent weight gain. If you are finding that losing the baby weight is turning out to be harder than you anticipated, read this article for some valuable pointers.
First off, if you are a breastfeeding mom, you might as well resign yourself to staying overweight in the meantime. Advocates tout breast feeding as an effective means of burning about 500 calories a day, but they don’t really tell the whole story. For one thing, while breast feeding does indeed burn calories, you can expect your appetite to increase even more, as your body adapts to ensure that you will have an adequate source of nutrients available for milk production. If anything, you will be gaining more weight, as the body will conserve fat stores to protect the quality of milk produced. Breast feeding moms should not use the practice as a means to lose weight—you will need to eat properly in order to feed your baby with the best milk that you can provide. Don’t despair though; once your baby gets older and starts on solids, both your appetite and your weight are bound to taper off on its own. If you are not breast feeding, then you can expect to lose weight sooner; give yourself a daily calorie allowance of about 1500 calories, and exercise moderately for at least thirty minutes a day.
As much as possible, try to get enough sleep; being sleep-deprived will slow down your metabolism and may cause you to reach for junk food more often in attempts to boost sagging energy levels. Speaking of junk food, avoid temptation by banning these items from your cupboard and fridge. Instead, have healthy snack options available such as fruit and whole grain crackers with cheese.
Drink the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Not only will it help you lactate more, it will keep you less vulnerable to food cravings. A lot of times, people mistake the sensation of thirst for that of hunger, causing them to consume calories that they don’t really need.
Cut out unnecessary fats in your diet plan such as mayonnaise, butter and unhealthy salad dressings. Get your fat dietary needs from healthy sources such as fish oil, olive oil and cheeses. If you have grown dependent on fast food, it is time to rethink your eating habits. Put your focus on being healthy rather than on being thin. If your baby is still a few month old, you are likely feeling that you will never get the baby weight off. Be patient and try to stick to healthy eating, nevertheless. This will keep you from gaining more weight in the meantime. By the time your baby gets to crawling and walking, running after your kid will take care of the rest.
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