You may or may not be comfortable with the weight you’ve managed to gain while you were pregnant. Some women may not care about it actually, but returning to your pre-pregnancy weight has a number of good reasons. Your weight should be the right weight for how tall and how old you are. Moreover, you can be a good example to your children if you have other kids.
Proper nutrition and sufficient exercise will bring you back to your target weight. Don’t expect to see quick results. However, it will be worth it putting in the time and effort into losing weight the right way.
You may have heard that drinking water is helpful for losing weight, and this is something you can do to lose weight after pregnancy. The amount of water that’s recommended that you drink every day has varied over the years. Water has been shown to have an effect of boosting the metabolism in some studies, but what it will also do is give you a sensation of being full. You will find yourself eating smaller meal portions if your stomach already feels full even before you begin your meal. Drink a glass of water before you eat and every hour or two.
Your weight loss attempts may be derailed if you don’t get enough sleep, and when you have a new baby, you’re going to be up at night more often than asleep. Research shows that sleep deprivations can cause one to make unwise decisions. Also, some hormones become elevated when you constantly are losing sleep, causing you to gain weight instead of lose weight. This is why you need to do everything you can to get as much sleep as you possibly can. Ask for help. Let your spouse know you need your sleep too so maybe he can take care of your new baby while you get some restful sleep.
Avoid doing what many people do when they’re trying to shed pounds. No matter their reasons for trying to lose weight, most people become so impatient. They want to see results right away. You can fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes the healthy and safe way by using sensible methods. Avoid those diet fats promising quick weight loss. When you follow a diet fad, you may experience some weight loss, but it wouldn’t be long-lasting or permanent. You’re going to gain weight again once you get off the diet fad. Moreover, if you’re breastfeeding your baby, be very careful about what you’re eating. Stay away from diet pills or any of those special weight loss liquids because anything in those will be consumed by your baby too through your breast milk.
There’s no doubt that it will be a challenge to lose your post-pregnancy weight, but it’s not impossible. Don’t measure your progress against other women; that’s a sure way for you to fail. Know that you can’t expect your body to respond the way their bodies are responding to weight loss methods. All you really need to do is listen to what your doctor tells you to do and be sensible with your weight loss.
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