After being pregnant for nine months most women look forward to feeling like themselves again. For some the pregnancy weight comes off quickly, for others it takes more time. I was in the latter category. While the initial 20 pounds dropped off fairly soon after having my son those stubborn last ten pounds lingered. I’d heard that breastfeeding helps but for me it didn’t get me back to where I wanted to be. Your body may never completely return to its “pre-baby” shape/size and that’s okay. Below are some helpful hints to help shred a few pounds postpartum:
1) Be patient, weight loss takes time. It took nine months to gain the weight and could take the same amount of time, or longer to lose it
2) Eat a nutritious, well rounded diet. Free online calorie trackers such as MyFitnessPal are great ways to monitor what you’re putting into your body and curb mindless snacking
3) Drink water, make sure you are actually hungry and not thirsty
4) Start a new fitness routine you will enjoy. Join a new gym. Register for a new group fitness class. Arrange to meet a friend a few mornings per week and run together. Workout partners keep us accountable and make exercising more enjoyable
5) Start small and work your way up. Anytime you are moving, you are burning calories. Once cleared by your doctors start with a daily walk while pushing the stroller. As you get more in shape you can increase the duration and intensity of your workouts
6) Be kind to yourself, your body worked hard growing and birthing the baby. Nutritious eating and a healthy body are more important than a number on the scale. Remember even from a young age you are setting an example for your child, healthy food choices and staying active should be the primary focus.
By Jessica S.