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We love those adorable, cuddly babies, but when we look in the mirror and see weight that came from 9 months of carrying that precious child in our belly, it can take our emotions into overdrive.
You CAN lose that weight!
I am here to help!
Here are 7 tips on losing pregnancy weight.
Losing Pregnancy Weight #1: Say No To Weight Loss Pills And Crash Diets
Your body needs to heal and recover from the stresses of child birth. You need proper nutrition. And, while the temptation of jumping on quick weight loss pills or a crash diet that ensures fast weight loss is there, it isn’t the healthy way.
It takes time!
If you will simply reduce your calorie intake by 4 – 500 per day, and exercising, you will start losing those pounds.
Losing Pregnancy Weight #2: Just Get Up, Get Out And Get Moving
Too often new mothers fall into a depressed state and just lie around until it is time to feed the baby.
You will lose those pounds if you just get up and go outside with baby. Take a stroll, do some gardening, etc…
If you keep moving, you will burn calories and lose some of that weight.
Losing Pregnancy Weight #3: Eat Foods High In…
- Omega 3’s
- and Protein
You need all of these to get back what pregnancy depleted you of.
Fish is a great source of Omega 3’s. Milk and yogurt is the place to get your calcium intake. Lean meat (grass fed), chicken and beans are an excellent source for the protein your body needs.
Losing Pregnancy Weight #4: Dance
Sometimes the weather makes it difficult to get outside, so why not put baby in his/her bouncy seat and let them watch you as you put on your favorite dance music and start “getting your dance mack on?”
Dancing is an excellent way to burn calories and baby will love watching you get your groove on.
Losing Pregnancy Weight #5: Stay Clear Of Processed Foods
Many of those packaged foods are loaded with stuff we should not put in our bodies. Stick with whole foods and you will be much better off.
Most of the processed foods have hydrogenated fats that can clog your arteries and cause heart issues. Plus, many of them are high in sugars which we know is not good when trying to lose weight.
Losing Pregnancy Weight #6: Drink Plenty Of Liquids
Sometimes we get the sense we are hungry when actually, all we need is some water. Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day. This will help you feel full and it will also flush unwanted toxins from your body. The water will also help your metabolism stay active which causes weight loss.
It also helps to add other liquids…
- Fruit smoothies
- And even a cup of coffee can be okay
- Fresh fruit in a protein shake in the morning
Losing Pregnancy Weight #7: If Possible, Breastfeed
Science has shown where breastfeeding is actually a great support in Mom’s weight loss. It reduces the size of the uterus.
One study of just under 5,000 new mothers found those who breastfeed lost an average of 3.7 pounds more weight than non-breastfeeding women in 6 months time.
Breastfeeding also has many other benefits:
- It provides all the nutrients a baby needs for healthy growth.
- Breastfeeding builds baby’s immune system.
- It lowers the risk of disease in newborns.
- And, it also lowers the risks of disease in Mothers.
Don’t allow postpartum depression to control you!
Keep moving and those pounds will slip away. Also, you may want to network with other new moms. Help each other… Form a group… Exercise together.
And lastly, I am here for you… I have “been there and done that.” Sure, my kids are grown now, but I remember… How could I ever forget?
So feel free to contact me and we can make a plan to get those pregnancy pounds off.
And one last thing… Give baby a hug and kiss from Tara. Children are amazing!
All my love!