Losing the last bit of baby weight can prove difficult for a new mum, especially since a newborn requires round-the-clock attention. Incorporate simple yet effective exercises which fit seamlessly into your daily routine and watch the weight drop off!
Below are some detailed ways to get your old body back, and make the most of your time as a new mum:
Eating a balanced, healthy diet and breastfeeding your baby will help you lose that baby weight at a faster pace – fact! When you’re pregnant, the body releases more fatty tissue so you have a solid foundation when the milk comes through. A relatively healthy diet with some exercise throughout the week will help your body to safely lose weight quicker than women who don’t (or can’t) breastfeed.
In order to sustain your body (especially if you’re breastfeeding), you have to stick to a structured eating plan. Start the day off with a big breakfast and this will give you enough energy to keep powering on throughout the afternoon (and even early morning). Eat lots of protein, fibre, and vitamins to keep your body healthy through this important stage in your life. Avoid skipping meals and dieting since this will only lead to bad-snacking and binge eating.
Stay hydrated throughout the entire day and keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Water helps to flush out those bad toxins, and also keeps you off sugary treats (especially if you’re prone to snacking).
This doesn’t mean you should be in the gym for hours (who has the time for this anymore). A brisk walk around the block or even pushing the pram to your local shops or park is perfect for a new mum. Anything which increases your heart rate is probably a good thing, but ease into any exercise and make sure to listen to your body limits.
Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and organic peanut butter are all great snacks you should always keep in your home. A cookie here and there won’t do you much harm, but stick to healthy meals and after a while your body won’t crave the bad ones anymore.
While catching up on your beauty sleep might prove difficult with a new born, it’s important to accept all the help you can get. Partners, siblings, grandparents, and friends are all around to help out, so you can have a quick nap or relax while your baby is also doing the same. Even a few extra hours of sleep a day will have you feeling refreshed, and will put you in a much better mood.
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