The biggest joy of the pregnancy journey: getting to eat whatever you want. The biggest woe: trying to get back in shape afterwards. Let’s talk about that shall we?
After the baby is born, for some mothers questions start to arise that fall under the area of “When can I start doing X again?” and weight loss is one of those big burning questions that comes to mind. Losing baby weight after pregnancy doesn’t have to be difficult when you break down the ways in which you can start. Here are some tips for how to lose baby fat.
Start Lifting Weights
The first notion for many women when they get back in to a routine and are able to go to the gym will be to hop on the treadmill and watch the calorie counter go up. In realty though, you don’t want to do that at all. You want to get out on the weight room floor and start repping out. While improving your cardio is all well and good (and something you’ll end up doing with the stroller anyway) weight training is a great way to kick-start your metabolism and burn calories quicker.
Newborn= late nights up. It’s a fact. And when you’re not getting enough sleep you’re not letting your body have a chance to relax. A lack of sleep also wreaks havoc on your appetite and will cause you to snack more, which won’t help you lose weight at all. If you find yourself in a quiet house in the morning after getting up and think a cup of coffee will wake up, ditch it and get back in bed. The more you sleep, the better you’ll feel and less you’ll eat.
If you’re thinking that the second after the pregnancy that a diet needs to start, don’t! You’ve just spent upwards of 9 months letting your body get used to doing something, and trying to drastically alter that is a bad idea. Losing weight after birth has to be a marathon and not a sprint. Letting the body recover and figure out what it’s doing.
Did you know that when you breast feed you need to take in more calories? And that your body burns more calories when your breastfeed too? It might only be a few hundred a day, but it turns out for that for the first few weeks anyway breastfeeding can be just as good as 20 minutes on the treadmill.