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If you are here on this page, this means that you have gone through the out of the world experience of childbirth. Dear ladies, you deserve to take a bow for demonstrating some outstanding strength for not only bearing the baby within yourself for 9 long months but also to take the exceptional pain to introduce the baby to the world outside. No one else but only females can portray this much strength and courage, and we, at WishABaby, really salute that!
Coming to one of the major concerns of the new mothers, be it the working ones or the home-managers, which is about losing weight post childbirth. We understand your concerns and issues, and since we care for you, we would want you to make sure that you do lose weight but in a healthy way, since a sudden weight loss will be as harmful for you, as for your child.
Given below are a few easy steps that can help you stay fit and healthy. Go through each of them carefully and try adopting the same as a routine in your lifestyle for some healthy weight loss post childbirth.
Do Not Skip Meals
Crash dieting or even suddenly cutting down on what you eat can have adverse effects on your body. It will do more harm than any good. You probably feel that cutting down on your eating will help you lose the weight faster, but unfortunately, it leads to the opposite result. It is hence always better to plan a diet chart with your dietician. It is OK to eat a large scoop of a dessert at times, but see to it that you balance it with fruits and vegetables.
Have Frequent Small Meals
Instead of, say, three big meals a day, spread these out to five or six. You will not feel lazy and heavy at once. Moreover, the small portions will release energy through the day to keep you stay fit to meet the baby's needs like running around and even breastfeeding.
Go for Balanced Calories
A new mother needs a lot of calories, especially if she is breastfeeding. Thus balance out. Cut down at-once-intake of high-calorie food even if you are tired. It helps avoid displacing the insulin levels of the body. Balance out a dessert with eggs, fish, fruits, and vegetables.
2-3 litres of water not only keeps you hydrated enough even when you are breastfeeding but also helps to flush off the toxins from your body. Hydration boosts metabolism, which is the most effective factor in reducing weight. Include various types of liquids in your daily diet beyond water, such as fresh juices, milkshakes, smoothies, soups, etc. They will keep you nourished as well as hydrated. Also, make sure to have water before each meal and avoid taking any for half an hour post having your meal.
Yoga and meditation under the supervision of a trained professional is the best form of moderate exercise to take on post childbirth. Besides that, walking, slow jogging, swimming under supervision, and even aerobics to some extent, help out in losing body weight in a controlled and healthy way.
Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep leads to reduced metabolism and also in the disposition of the calories consumed. So make sure to take time for your sleep whenever the baby sleeps. If you need help from your partner or others in the family, don’t shy away from asking for it.
Watch Your Snacks
Junk food, in the form of a filling snack, is one of the major causes of sudden weight gain, whether you are a new mother or a normal human being. The snacks thus should be healthy like nuts, chopped fruits, boiled vegetables with a dash of light masala and lemon to taste, roasted whole grains, boiled sweet corn, yogurt mixes etc. should be preferred and consumed.
Dance-Off Your Weight
Put on some music and sweat it out! Music is a great healer and it will help reduce the stress as well. But please be careful, you should consider this option only if you have passed the risk-period post childbirth.
Cut Out Fat Wherever You Can
A cheat diet is ok but only once in a while, say once a week. But to compensate, start cutting off the fattening and unhealthy items from your meals by replacing them with smart options. For instance, Potato Fries can be easily made in the oven, so why fry? Similarly, make dips of Yoghurt and not mayonnaise.
Timely Eating is the Key
An early morning breakfast, a noon lunch, and an evening dinner go a long way to boost your metabolism and help you lose weight in the most effective manner.
Avoid Caffeine & Alcohol
One of the most effective ways to not only lose weight but to stay healthy is to avoid caffeine and alcohol as much as possible. If you are tired, rejuvenate yourself with a steaming cup of green tea rather than a hot cup of coffee or a pint of whiskey.
Prefer to Have Home-Made Meals
This is the best way to keep a watch on what you eat. Plus, the added benefit is that you intake a fresh meal every time and don’t resort to frozen or packaged food items.