You’ve just had a baby, which is amazing, but you may not be feeling your best about your body. Taking off the baby weight is hard, requiring healthy eating, exercise, and patience. You want to make sure you slim down in a healthy way, making sure you get all the nutrients your body, and your baby, need.
You probably already have a pretty good idea of how to eat healthy, but you really need to focus on this to lose the baby weight. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need to consume an additional 300-500 calories of food per day. Be careful, however, as breastfeeding can also make you feel hungry. Have healthy snacks on hand so that you stay on track. Also remember to pay close attention to the reactions your child has to your milk. Children will often get diarrhea, gas, or a rash from the food you eat which could be an early sign of an allergy.
Pre-planning meals and having them on hand to quickly put together is a key secret to success. Spend time thinking about what would work for you and create the healthiest diet. There are a number of specific vitamins and nutrients you need to eat in order to stay healthy, so make sure you eat a varied diet full of fresh vegetables.
For breakfast, try live-culture yogurt, which is a great source of calcium and probiotics. This can be topped with slivered almonds to get your Vitamin E. You can also try eggs and vegetables to help you get a great start on your day.
Eating a quick and healthy lunch helps you keep your day going strong. Try a Mexican salad with plenty of pork, beans, and peppers full of Vitamin C and onions, topped with guacamole and sour cream or Thai summer rolls with spinach, cucumbers, carrots, and shrimp dipped in a wonderful peanut sauce. Carrots and spinach will get you the Vitamin A you need.
Start with high-protein foods, which will help you feel full. Fish, lean meat, and eggs contain nutrients you need and help keep your energy levels high. You also want to make sure you get plenty of fiber, which will help you stay full. It’s a quick and easy dinner to sauté some fish, full of Omega-3 fish oil, in butter and lemon juice with asparagus and mushrooms for the Vitamin D on the side. Or try a side of spaghetti squash full of potassium with a pesto sauce. A glass of green tea, which is full of antioxidants, and a dessert of fresh berries rounds out the nutrition.
Add spices to your meals that help fight inflammation, such as garlic and turmeric. This will help you recover from birth and keep you feeling comfortable as you develop those baby-lifting muscles. Always remember to drink plenty of water. This will help you feel full and keeping hydrated helps your skin recover from all the stretching it did.
Put that baby in the stroller or strap her to your chest and get moving. Start by taking a walk around the block, just to get you and the baby out in the sunlight. Add in a few core-strengthening exercises to slowly rebuild those muscles.
As you recover, remember to keep exercise in your regular schedule. You’ll have more energy to take care of your baby and feel better about yourself. Find a local gym or studio that offers childcare, do a workout video at home while your baby naps, or take a long jog with your baby in tow.
Patience and Fun
Remember, it took you nine months to put the baby weight on. Don’t expect to lose it in a month. If you’re breastfeeding, it may take even longer to take it off as your body tries to hang on to fat stores. Be patient with the process, appreciate that your body just grew a baby and at least you’re not carrying that weight around anymore!
Have fun with your weight loss. If you can, ditch those pregnancy clothes and buy a tiny wardrobe of cheap clothes in a new style to have a little fun with while you’re passing through larger sizes. You may discover a new fashion for yourself in the process!