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How to Lose the Baby Weight

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Jun 22, 2016
How to Lose the Baby Weight

After nine months in the making, your bundle of joy is finally here! For many women in the weeks (sometimes years) to follow, shedding the baby weight becomes an added pressure to your already hectic daily lives. The reason being, the desire for your pre-baby body is pushed to the forefront of your mind.

Whether you have given birth or not, we all know from experience that losing a few pounds is no easy feat, especially with sweet cravings and daily mouthwatering temptations. Sure, getting back in tip-top shape can be discouraging at times but you have to start somewhere! And if you are unsure of where to begin your weight loss journey, then read on to discover a few tips that will be very useful.

Breastfeeding: Did you know that breastfeeding burns between 500 to 700 calories per day? It is a safe, quick, and effective way to lose the baby weight. On the other hand, once you stop breastfeeding you will need to adjust your diet accordingly including incorporating exercise into your schedule.

Healthy Snacks: Too many sweets and sugars can send your blood glucose levels through the roof! Or on the opposite end of the spectrum, if your blood levels drop, it automatically triggers an insatiable appetite to eat any and everything in sight. To avoid this altogether, keep a variety of nutritious snacks in your possession such as:

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Low-fat milk

Befriend New Moms: Forming a bond with other new moms who are committed to their overall health and well-being can definitely help you stay motivated. Your emotional health coincides with your physical health, therefore being able to vent your daily stressors to other like-minded women can also aid in keeping the calories off! 

Take Naps: Although for new moms this is virtually impossible, Sheah Rarback, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami School of Medicine states, “getting plenty of sleep has been shown to help with weight loss because you’re not compelled to binge on high-calorie, high-sugar foods for energy.” She further added that, “sleep cycles, like those forced on you by a newborn, can upset your metabolism and make it harder for you to lose your pregnancy weight, Rarback further stated.