Monday, June 2, 2014
10 Ways to Help Lose Babyweight
Losing the baby weight isn't going to be easy and, unless you are blessed from the postnatal heavens, it is probably going to take some time. Don't beat yourself up. Remember, it took 9 months to put it on so it is going to take time to get it off. Here are 10 ways you can speed up the process:
1. Eat whole foods. Don't fill up those extra calories required for nursing with cookies and junk. Keep fresh fruit and veggies and healthy snacks on hand.
2. Move as soon as possible. Even though you aren't released to exercise and you may not feel like moving, you will be so glad you did. Just a walk about the grocery store will get your blood flowing and help with swelling.
3. Prep your food. Wash and cut up fruit. Pre-bag portions of trail mix. Season and marinate lean meats. The more you do ahead of time, the easier meal time will be with a little one and the healthier your selections will be. When you wait until you are hungry to grab something, you are more likely to grab a poor choice.
4. Incorporate baby in your workout. Most moms complain they don't have enough time to workout (and I feel you!) so incorporate baby! Don't wait for nap time. Lay baby on your yoga mat while you practice some poses. Do squats and calf raises while wearing baby. Use baby as weight to get an arm workout.
5. Drink water. Not only do you need it if you are nursing, but half the time we think we are hungry, we are actually just thirsty. Drink lots.
6. Take it all in stride. If you lose too much too fast it won't stay off. Aim to drop 1-2 pounds per week depending on how much you gained throughout your pregnancy. And always consult your doctor before starting a program.
7. Cardio. Cardio is the quickest way to drop pounds. I know a lot of people hate it, but running is the best form of cardio for fast results.
8. Strength training. In order to lose fat, you must do cardio and strength training. Cardio alone will only work for so long.
9. Secure a support system. Create a group on Facebook (make it private if you like) to give and receive support from friends. Meet up with a group of new moms (or non-moms) once or twice a week to exercise together. Post regular pictures on Instagram or accept a weight-loss challenge or exercise challenge. Whatever you do, have someone who loves you (and is cheering for you) keep you accountable even if you think you can do it on your own.
10. Indulge moderately. From experience, the more I limit myself sweets, sugar, fats, etc. the more I crave it and the higher tendency a binge will happen. Instead, give yourself one dessert a week (and by all means make it a good one) or a glass of wine (or two) so that you don't cave one day and eat all the junk in the pantry.