To be back in shape after a delivery is a tricky task; most of the mommies are too occupied after having a baby as they are adjusting to a new schedule. Firstly, do not be harsh on yourself, to shed those extra pounds takes time and requires a mix of diet planning and exercise. Amidst all this, one thing to remember is to be patient with yourself. Here is three-step guide that will bring back your previous waistline without sacrificing time with your baby.
- Exercise- Post pregnancy, you can start exercising after 5-6 weeks, giving enough time to your body to heal up and recover. Exercise is a proven stress buster and is the best way for losing weight. Initially you can do a warm up session and small stroller walks. According to a surgeon, pushing a stroller 1-2 miles burns 150 calories in 30 minutes. You don’t need to necessarily hit the gym to be in shape rather in morning or evening, going for a brisk walk with your baby will keep you fit and your muscles pumping. Gradually you can include aerobics or strength training exercises in your exercise regimen.
- Diet- Instead of dieting best way is to have a well-balanced variety of food, instead of having 3 meals a day, you can have four to five light meals. Apple slices, wheat crackers, carrot sticks, all have nutrients and essential vitamins. Though you must be breast-feeding, do not use it as an excuse to eat what you wish for. Drink plenty of water during day to keep your body dehydrated and speed up metabolism. One-way to be sure that you are drinking enough water is check the color of your urine, your urine needs to be relatively clear and you might need to go to washroom about every 3 to 4 hours.
- Get good sleep- It is very important to take good sleep even though when you have a baby to keep you up all night. As per the study or research when you are sleep deprived it becomes difficult for you to lose weight and your body feels strained and releases stress hormones that promote weight gain. So in order to take good 5 to 6 hours of sleep, sleep when your baby sleeps it is a good advice.
- Include Super foods- After delivery; your body needs maximum nutrients, especially until the time you are nursing. Without compromising on nutrients, you need to drop those extra pounds. Therefore, you need to include that food that are rich in nutrients and light in fats such as lean meat, beans, tuna or salmon fish.
If you have put on lot of weight during your pregnancy then it will take more time to shed those extra kilos but if you have put on normal 6-7 kg on your doctor’s advice then it will easier for you.