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How to lose weight after pregnancy

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Once you deliver your baby, you probably want to get your pre-baby body back. During pregnancy, you tend to gain weight and fat and losing that weight after pregnancy can be a difficult task. Let's find out how you can lose weight after pregnancy the right way.

Stop following diets

Most of the diets are fat diets and they do not work. If you want to lose weight after pregnancy, you will need to commit to a healthy lifestyle and follow it consistently. You have just gone through a strenuous feat and it can be very tiring for you. Diets focus on deprivation and so they can put more stress on your body. Probably it is not the best time to stress your body more after giving birth. You need a proper program that will focus on a long-term and on nutrition and exercise plans.

Even though you don't have to follow a diet, you need to watch your food. You will need to eliminate some of the foods and focus more on having healthy foods as your diet. Eliminate all types of junk food for the time being. Stock your kitchen with more fruits and vegetables. You will also need lean meats, fish and seafood. Another element that you will need is whole grains which include oats, beans, pulses, grainy breads etc. Also add eggs as they will provide you with the necessary protein. For snacks, you can have nuts and seeds, yogurt etc. which will help you to boost amount of fibre in your body. If possible, you can keep a food diary so as to ensure that you are eating the right foods and avoiding those which are not good for you.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding your baby because it may help you to lose post-pregnancy weight. It is helpful because it will burn some extra calories. However, it may vary from person to person and so you need to check whether it is helping you are not. Consulting your doctor will definitely help you to understand it more in relation to your specific case.

Get fit with baby

After having a baby, you will not have too much of time at hand and so regular exercise may be a difficult thing for you. However, it is possible to perform some limited exercises along with your baby. Regular exercise is very important for post-pregnancy weight loss. It will not only improve your cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength but it will also improve your mood and boost energy levels. Regular exercise will help you relieve stress which is very much present during this stage. If you exercise after having a baby, the possibility of becoming obese in the long-term will decrease.

You should start your exercise after six weeks of delivery. It is important to talk to your doctor before you start your exercise. It is specifically through for women who had a C section surgery. There are different types of exercise options available for moms. You can exercise with your baby. You can also find other moms and join a group so that you can workout at the same time regularly.

Get some more sleep

When you have a baby, the time that you get to sleep will be limited. However, it is possible to find some more sleep time with little support from other family members. You may need to adjust your sleeping time with your baby but finding some more sleeping time will definitely help you to lose those extra weight you have gained during pregnancy.

References

1. 6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss
2. Pregnancy and birth: Weight gain in pregnancy
3. Weight Loss While Breastfeeding