Ready to lose the baby weight? The U.S. National Library and the National Institutes of Health recommend that you
plan to return to your pre-pregnancy weight about six months after giving birth. Talk about pressure!
In the end, you should lose weight at your own pace, but it’s important not to start too early. Wait until at least the six-week postpartum checkup to start any sort of weight lost plan. Any sooner, and you risk slowing down your recovery. After that, you can set a realistic goal; for example, to lose about 1 ½ pounds per week. Work toward your goal eating healthy, avoiding empty calories and increasing your exercise. Ask your doctor how many calories you should be getting and don’t drop below that level. Also, consider using these savvy postpartum weight loss tips.
1. Eat These Superfoods
All moms need maximum, quality nutrition, especially if you’re breastfeeding. These superfoods are high in nutrition but low on calories.
Coldwater Fish: These include salmon, sardines, tuna (but steer clear of albacore), Atlantic mackerel, anchovies, rainbow trout, farmed mussels and Pacific halibut. Fish are packed with DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that’s vital to the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system. Skip albacore tuna, since it can contain high levels of mercury, which could be unhealthy for your baby.
Milk and Yogurt: They’re high in calcium and protein.
Lean Meats, Such As Chicken and Turkey: Not only are these low in fat, they’re high in protein and fiber and keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Healthy Snacks: Keep on hand fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grain cereal, hard boiled eggs and peanut butter. If you need a snack, steer clear of processed foods.
Breast milk is the perfect all natural food for your baby. It got just the right mix of vitamins and minerals, contains antibodies that ward off viruses and bacteria and lowers baby’s risk of asthma and allergies. Studies say breastfed have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and doctors’ visits.
Beyond that, studies suggest that breastfeeding could actually help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster, since it may burn around 300 extra calories a day. But don’t breastfeed just because of the potential for weight loss. It’s a huge commitment – let all the benefits for baby motivate you to commit to breastfeeding.
3. Drink Lots of Water
You always hear you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day and it is not certain that you need that much. But you really should be drinking it consistently throughout the day. You’re getting enough water if your urine is clear and you’re going to the bathroom every three to four hours.
Water also helps fill you up, and some research suggests it might speed up your metabolism.
4. Don’t Go On a “Diet”
Believe it or not, going on a specific diet could actually lower your chances of losing the baby weight. Depriving yourself of your favorite foods coupled with the challenge of being a new mom could cause you to overindulge during moments of weakness. Whenever you’re feeling hungry, load up on superfoods instead of junk food and you’ll greatly increase your chances of successfully losing weight.
Try to exercise whenever you can. A healthy diet combined with exercise is the best way to shred those pregnancy pounds. When the time comes for you to lose weight, eat a little less and move a little more each day. It may be tempting to push yourself too hard but ease into an exercise routine as your body needs time to heal.
If you follow these tips, and do some additional research online, you will find yourself losing those pregnancy extras in no time!