Motherhood is the most valuable gift a woman could receive. However, with all your time spent with your little one, you will naturally forget to take care of yourself even though you badly need to lose those extra pounds. So, here are a few easy steps you could take to lose weight fast with no hassle.
1. Do not diet
The most straight forward solution for losing weight may seem to be dieting but it is not, especially since you are breast feeding. Not eating your favourite food will actually add on to the stress you already have of beinga new mom and will make you gain weight. The best is to have a well-balanced variety of foods enriched with protein, calcium, fibre and other nutrients. You might always feel hungry since you are always walking around with your baby, however you should not get used to eating unhealthy chips and snacks in between meals. Instead, eat apple slices, carrot sticks etc. Do not go below 1800 calories since you are breast feeding. Focus on ‘super foods’ such as fish, milk, yoghurt, chicken, beans etc. If you are planning to hire a health and wellness coach, he will give you more dieting tips.
2. Drink up
Drinking water throughout the day is essential to keep you away from dehydration. The advantage of water is that it will fill you up fast which will keep you from eating too much and also it will speed up your metabolism giving you more energy to get through the day. You can also have fresh juices since that will provide nutrition. It is important that you keep an eye on you urine. If it is unclear and darker in colour, it means you are not taking in enough fluids so make sure you always keep yourself hydrated.
3. Work out
It’s time to start working out ladies! Aerobics and strength training exercise can be very good for you. It not only helps you burn calories, but also keeps your bones strong. Further, it helps fight stress, depression and even sleep issues. Working-out does not mean going to the gym every day. A 30 minute walk with your baby in the stroller would be great. You can even hire a health and wellness coach to do your work-outs from home itself. Also make sure you get your doctor’s approval before going ahead with any intense work-outs, especially if you had a C section.
4. Get some sleep
Being sleep deprived will make it harder to lose weight. When you are tired and exhausted, your body releases cortisol and other stress hormone that will gain weight. Also, when you are stressed, you will not feel like taking care of yourself. You will tend to eat take-out, not do any exercise etc. Hence, you need to sleep and take enough rest. The best is to sleep whenever the baby sleeps. Or, keep your baby busy during the day so that he will sleep at night.
Follow these simple steps and you will be able to lose weight with not much effort.