How to lose weight after child birth

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Expecting a child is both a blessing and a nerve-wracking experience. While you’re happy about welcoming a child, you also have to pay a lot of attention to your health and what you are eating. But once the 9 months have passed and you have a healthy child in your arms, you can then finally think about yourself. In months that you are pregnant, your body goes through a lot of changes but the one that is most visible is weight gain.

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While new mothers are in no rush to lose their pregnancy weight, pressure from the society and unrealistic ideals set by celebrities push new mothers to lose weight rapidly. However, losing weight is not that difficult and not compulsory either. However, if you are looking to shed that pregnancy weight, here is our detailed guide on how to achieve that. But before diving in, keep in mind that losing pregnancy weight is different from regular weight techniques. You cannot starve yourself because you still need nutrition. You need to be rational and set realistic goals for yourself that you can actually meet.

1. Drink a lot of water

Sleeping and drinking a lot of water is the easiest way to shed those extra pounds after childbirth. Drinking a lot of water will prevent you from being dehydrated. Moreover, drinking water at regular intervals will give you a sense of a full stomach and so you won’t feel hungry all the time. It also helps speed up your metabolism. So keep a water bottle with you at all times and drink at least 8 glasses everyday!

2. Don’t be sleep deprived

Who know sleeping a lot could help shed pregnancy weight! A recent study has revealed that new moms who slept five hours or less were more likely to have difficulty in losing extra pregnancy weight than women who slept at least seven hours. Looking after the baby can make you tired all the time, but clock yourself in such a way that you can sleep too when the baby is sleeping. Because when you’re tired, your body releases cortisol and other stress hormones that can promote weight gain.

3. Don’t skip breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is another easy way for new moms to lose weight. So don’t go for bottled milk just yet. Some studies find that breastfeeding can help you return to your pre-baby weight faster because it pushed your body to burn calories. And this wouldn’t happen if you were to use bottled milk.

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4. Start exercising

In the 9 months that you were pregnant, it is highly likely that your daily activity was reduced to movement around the house only. While women should do some amount of activity during pregnancy, it is highly imperative that they exercise after delivery. I’m not saying you hit the gym immediately but taking your baby on a walk can also get your heart rate pumping, or you could take out time to exclusively climb stairs in your house. When your baby is a few months old you can even start doing aerobics and strength training exercises to burn calories and keep your muscles and bones strong.

5. Don’t go on a crash diet

I repeat, do not go on a crash diet. You need to remember that you just gave birth and that your body is in dire need of nutrition for your own sake and for the baby too. Moreover, women who breastfeed need about 500 more calories per day than they did before pregnancy. And these calories will come if you are taking a healthy diet.

6. Go for low-fat food

So the real question is what to eat while still be able to lose pregnancy weight. Eat everything you were pre-pregnancy but make all your food low fat. Go for low-fat milk, yogurt, and other dairy products. Moreover, don’t indulge in a single huge meal. Take 5-6 meals throughout the day and keep the portions small.

Try to incorporate lean meat like chicken and fish and low-fat red meat in your diet. Another tip would be to grill the meat and not fry it because you want to reduce fat as much as possible. Always go for a grilled or baked substitute. And finally, keep away from soda drink. Go for healthy snacks like fruits, boiled eggs, and peanut butter.

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Faryal is a 25-year-old fitness freak who spent the better part of her life chomping burgers but now likes to indulge in a healthy salad.

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