When you have a newborn it is easy to forget to take care of yourself, yet if you are trying to lose your pregnancy weight, you will need time to prepare healthy food and even more time to exercise. When I had my first child, I was so busy with the baby that I often found it difficult even to find time to eat or shower, let alone go to a gym. With the second child, I have to take care of a toddler and a baby, and it is practically impossible to find the time to go for regular classes, so I am swapping going to gym with smart ways to burn calories and the system is working like magic.
Here are some ideas that might help you learn how to lose weight after pregnancy.
How to lose weight after pregnancy – Take the stairs not the elevator.
It might seem too simple to be effective but if you live in a highrise try taking the steps on the way to your apartment at least a couple of times a day. At first you will get breathless by the time you reach the third floor but with time your stamina will increase and the pounds will start to melt.
How to lose weight after pregnancy – Go for power walks with your baby.
One of the best ways to calm a fussy baby is to take him out for a walk. Many opt for a car ride but you can try to put your child in the stroller and go for a brisk walk. Increase the length of your walk as you build up more stamina. In addition to the benefits of losing weight, toning up my body and calming my child, I also found that these power walks were a great way of get rid of stress.
How to lose weight after pregnancy – Run.
When everyone is sleeping, try going for a twenty minute jog in early in the morning. I have to admit I never tried this but a friend of mine did and she lost all her baby weight much faster than I did. Jogging in the early hours of the day seems to be an exercise regime preferred by many, even though I have to admit that waking up at six in the morning after a night up calming a colicky baby takes more will power than I will ever have, but it does work .
How to lose weight after pregnancy – Banish negative thoughts
Even if your flat stomach has turned saggy, your thighs are scared with stretch marks and your breasts are not what they used to be, your body has been a vessel that brought a new life in this world. Try to see the beauty of what you have accomplished rather than focus on the negative. Postive thinking will increase your sense of accomplishment and wellbeing and a happy and satisfied woman tends to eat less.
A study published in the spring of this year showed that people who are depressed are at an increased risk of becoming obese,in addition a recent study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health found that nearly one out of four cases of obesity is associated with a mood or anxiety disorder.*1
How to lose weight after pregnancy – A final word
The best way to get back in shape is to love your body and treat it with respect. Focus on eating a healthy diet to get back your energy,( rather than to lose weight) and opt for moderate exercise to start toning up again. Remember to start with baby steps and if you had a c-section or a traumatic delivery consult your doctor before starting any exercise regime.
Trust me the pounds will go away. If you are determined to lose weight, all you need is the will power and a few ingenious tricks to get back what you lost.
*1 “Obesity and Depression are a two way street” by Megan Brooks www.Reuters.com
“Weight loss benefits of drinking water” www.weightlossforall.com
“Alcohol in your diet” by Juliette Kellow www.weightlossresources.co.uk