The majority of women across the world have to struggle really hard to achieve a healthy weight after pregnancy. Many gain as much as 18 kg during pregnancy and after the delivery find it really hard to balance the pressures of motherhood and the desire to return to pre-baby weight. Even if you just need to drop as low as 5 kg the following tips are really effective to lose weight and get back in shape.
Breastfeed your baby
You must have heard of the rumors and they are actually true. Nursing helps you to burn as much as 500 calories per day. It is very important to note that you must have enough calories to produce sufficient milk for your baby but it is very satisfying to note that you can burn so many calories even at rest and get back to pre-baby weight.
Do not crash diet
Crash diets are basically excessively low-calorie diets that helps you to lose a large amount of weight in a very short time. A low-calorie diet will only make you feel very tired quite often. But if you have gained a lot of weight after the birth of your baby then you should look to reduce your calorie intake by around 500 calories per week that will result in a weight loss of almost 600g.
It is very important to incorporate some amount of exercise in your daily routine. But alarmingly most of the new moms shy away from a sort of exercise plan. You can simply put on some light music and dance with your baby. These are fun workouts that involves both you and the baby and will help you to lose weight in the process.
Eat foods that are high in fibre
A new mom should always eat foods that are rich in fibre. Believe it or not, only 10g of soluble fibre reduced your belly fat by almost 4% in a 5-year period. But, obviously, a new mom should aim to increase the intake of soluble fibre to reduce weight rapidly.
If you drink water at regular intervals throughout the day you will always feel full and hydrated. If you are into breast-feeding then you must abstain from caffeine and prepare as many meals as possible so that you do not feel the cravings for the high-calorie fast food items.
Tone muscles around your belly
When you lift your baby it helps to keep your arms and legs toned but the belly fast is a stubborn kind of fat that simply refuses to go away. So make a habit of lifting weights every day in the morning time. You can also do the simple crunches for developing the upper abdominal muscles.