Updated: Jul 8, 2022
It is unrealistic to expect new mothers to lose their baby weight within a few months of giving birth. It is said that new mothers are reborn into a new person after birth. Having a little one to take care of, recovering from childbirth and rediscovering who you are day by day may take a huge toll on new mothers.
The body will do its natural thing in recovering and healing. However, losing the baby weight needs more effort. You've carried the baby weight for months which have protected you and your little one throughout your pregnancy. The extra fat acts as an energy reserve for the birth and breastfeeding. The excess weight may have been caused by having too much fat. This is the baby weight that may create health issues. Therefore, it is important to return to a healthy weight slowly but consistently through day to day activities.
Read on to know 5 tips to lose that baby weight.
Breastfeeding can be a luxury, a chore or maybe not an option at all. If you are able to breastfeed, you'll not only be able to provide nutrition to your little one, it can also help in your losing weight journey! If you're unable to breastfeed, don't worry about it. Your body is doing the best that it can.
2. Drink water!
It is already hard enough to remember things because there is so much to do. Put water bottles around your house as a reminder for you to drink. Drinking enough water can increase your metabolism, which can help in your journey to lose weight in the long run.
3. Prepare healthy snacks & eat high fiber foods
Have healthy snacks ready whenever you feel like snacking. This will be a much better alternative compared to fast processed food. Prepare them in advanced (sort of like doing meal preps) for convenience!
Foods rich in fiber have been shown to help with weight loss. High fiber foods will help you to feel fuller for longer as it slows down digestion and reduce hunger hormone levels.
4. Move about!
Exercising may not be an option for you especially at the beginning after child birth. Walking around the house from time to time daily will be good for a start. Gradually, you may start doing short exercises to increase the intensity. Do what is enough for you. You know your body best.
5. Be kind to yourself & be realistic
It is already tough enough juggling everything mentally and physically. Be kind to yourself if you have done the best that you can but yet have not achieve the goal that you desire. Be realistic with your goals and adjust accordingly to something that works for you! The most important thing would be to be consistent in your effort.