Monday 17 September 2018

5 Tips to losing weight after having a new baby

If you just had a baby and you are keen on losing weight, you definitely can do it. Now that your baby is here, 
your routine and priorities may have changed but it is still a good thing to get your ideal weight back. Depending 
on your situation and the doctor’s advice, it may take some time before you can regain your ideal weight. 
Nevertheless, it is still important that you become mindful of your weight after your pregnancy to avoid 
overweight and obesity.
Here are five tips to losing weight after having a new baby.

1.    Breastfeed your baby.

One of the most effective ways of losing weight after pregnancy is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is good 
for your baby and at the same time, it adds about an extra 300 calories to your diet per day. A lot of women 
swear that breastfeeding made them return to their weight faster compared to when they bottled feed their 

2.    Do some small exercises every day.

Now that there’s a new baby, you can be guaranteed that you will always be moving around. So use that to 
your advantage and do some small exercises such as curl ups or sit-ups whenever you have free time. 
You don’t necessarily need to enroll in a gym class or in a fitness center. A few minutes are all you need 
and when you do it consistently every day, you will definitely be shedding that postpartum belly in no time.

3.    Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Hydrating yourself is extremely important to avoid getting dehydrated. Drink plenty of water all throughout 
the day as it also helps fill you up and not eat as much. This can speed up your metabolism and ultimately 
can help you lose weight. Oftentimes, it is not recommended to have eight glasses of water a day, but as 
a guide, you can check your urine if it is relatively clear then that is fine. If you want to lose weight faster, 
don’t forget to drink plenty of water every day.

4.    Get enough sleep.

While it may be a lot harder to get a full 8-hour sleep now that you have a baby, still, try to get enough sleep 
as being sleep deprived can make it harder for you to lose some weight after having a baby. When you are 
exhausted, your body releases cortisol and stress hormones which contribute to weight gain. For this 
reason, make sure that you have enough rest every day.

5.    Avoid a crash diet.

As a new mom, you need to make sure that you are strong and healthy for your baby. Do not try a crash 
diet or very low-calorie diets as it will not do your body any good. After all, you also need to have good 
nutrition in order to heal and recover right after your pregnancy. Also, a low-calorie diet will only make you 
feel tired all the time. Eat moderately and never try to have a crash diet if you want to lose weight healthily.

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