So, you have your bundle of joy, and your pregnancy was one of the most beautiful experiences of your life. There’s only one problem: you can’t shed the post-baby weight! For some women, the weight just falls off them. For those who are not so fortunate, here are some tips to help speed up the process.
Firstly, remember that your body needs time to heal. You can’t just start exercising as soon as you give birth, and you need to take the time to recover. To be on the safe side, wait until all your postpartum checkups are complete.
Breastfeeding is a great way to burn calories, it’s also great for your baby. Breastfeeding burns calories (around 500 to 700 per day) so this means you can actually increase the amount of calories you’re eating, and still lose weight naturally.
Speaking of calories, it’s time to say goodbye to all those high-calorie foods that you may have enjoyed binging on when you were pregnant. Pack away the sodas and sweets and instead concentrate on healthy snacks, lean proteins, fruit and vegetables and whole grains.
Drink lots of water. Whether you have just given birth or not, drinking water is an incredibly important part of losing weight (and keeping your body hydrated and healthy). Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to speed up your metabolism.
Exercise is important, and one of the easiest ways to lose weight is by burning calories, so for this, cardio is your friend. When your body is healed, take exercises classes at the gym, go for a jog around the block or push the stroller around the park (at a relatively fast pace).
Sleep! Sleep can be difficult, especially with a crying newborn, but it’s really important that you get enough sleep. When you don’t have enough sleep you feel lethargic and don’t want to go to the effort of making healthy food or exercising. Your metabolism also slows down when you are deprived of sleep.
We know it’s tough, but all it takes is a little time and patience before you get your baby body back in shape. But before you do, there are some clothing styles that you should consider.
Make sure that your clothes are fitted to your shape now. Avoid embellishments, small prints, ruffles and pleats and anything too bulky. Instead, try to dress the top half of your body in clean, simple shapes. You also want to pay closer attention to the fabrics of your clothing and opt for ones that are soft and drape well (like silk, cotton blends and chiffons) and stay clear of clinging fabrics.
Take some of your favorite pieces to the tailor, instead of buying a whole new wardrobe. And when accessorizing make sure to wear long pendant necklaces, these draw the eyes up and down, creating a slimming effect.