How To Effectively Lose Weight After Pregnancy

Many mothers don’t reach their peak body weight until after the baby is born and at least 1 year old. Women on average have 13% more fat than men to begin with because the female anatomy is constantly preparing itself to bear children. The extra fat is converted into energy for the baby and breast milk when it is born. Dropping the extra pounds takes time, and especially after carrying a child for such a long, your body shape will readjust slowly. Your aim shouldn’t be to sculpt your body back into the same silhouette it was before, but to live a healthy well-rounded lifestyle. Take small steps and don’t rush, the fat won’t drop off instantly, and there’s no use getting worked up about your body image as it’s natural to be a few dress sizes bigger at this stage. Relatively light workout routines are a comprehensive route to getting back to a slim and slender tone.


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Stay active but moderate yourself

Your body is going through a lot, and there are a chemicals imbalances taking place, such as mood swings and hormone fluctuations. Take it light and easy, to begin with, take 20-minute relaxed strolls once you’re able to come home. This will get your legs moving, and the blood pumping around your joints which have taken so much of the burden carry around the baby. Do this once a day or once every few days depending on how you’re feeling. Every morning you should do stretches if you can physically bear it, less strenuous yoga. However, if you would like a guided workout routine, with knowledge, pace and demonstration, look at something like


Bodyweight exercises

Once you feel stronger and healthier, move onto bodyweight exercises, like situps, pushups, and squats. Take it easy and try to only do these exercises with someone in your home who can come to your aid if you start feeling fatigued or dizzy. Limit the amount of reps and sets you do until you have fully lost your baby bump as compressing the womb can inflame your organs and cause stomach pains. Remember to breathe properly and take your time; make sure you have lots of room and fresh air circulating the area; open a few windows if you need to.

Balancing breastfeeding

Do not cut yourself off from a decent caloric intake to lose weight, because you will need still need to breastfeed occasionally even if your child is 1 years old. Breastfeeding requires an extra 500 calories to produce a good quality milk and a sufficient amount of it. Indeed, this sounds like an uphill struggle, but it’s really just balancing a healthy exercising regimen, with a healthy diet.


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Maintain a responsible diet

It can be so tempting to binge on junk food and cave into your cravings but think about the long run. You don’t want to be this size forever; instead, you want to feel sexy and curvy; almost as if you haven’t even had a child. To maintain a habit of eating the same amount as you did as you consumed during pregnancy is going to increase your size more than when you were carrying the child as you’re only eating for one now. Get into a routine of making a salad for lunch and consume 3 – 4 liters of water every day to stay hydrated. If you find yourself walking in the dark when trying to formulate a schedule, write down a meal plan as a physical representation of your goal.

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