Every pregnancy is different, which means that you cannot know with certainty how much weight you’ll gain. While your friend may have doubled her pre-partum weight, you just may be lucky and only carry your baby’s weight with only a few pounds more.
Either way, you’ll want your pre-pregnancy body back once you’ve had your bundle of joy and the journey to that can be rocky. To make sure you’re right back on track after delivery, we’ve got a few tips on getting your pre-baby physique.
Natural Weight Loss Remedies
Natural weight loss foods are some of the best ways to lose weight after giving birth, without jeopardizing your or your baby’s health.
Therefore, feel free to give apple cider vinegar in hot water a try. It may not sit well with you, but it’s worth a shot because it will stem your hunger and affect your metabolism in a healthy way.
Drinking it two or three times a day will reduce the amount of fat in your body.
Another natural weight loss remedy is lime and honey in water. To increase fat burning, drink tea made from Indian plum leaves twice a day. Green tea also promotes weight loss, as well as cabbage dishes, because cabbage is low in calories and high in fibre.
For some sweet treat that doesn’t contain lots of sugar and benefits weight loss, have acai berry juice. Munch on negative calorie foods such as celery, tomatoes, and cucumbers to get enough vitamins while also satiating your hunger and cravings for sugar and fat.
Slowly Introduce Workouts
Gentle exercises are recommended as soon as you feel up to it if you’ve had a straightforward delivery. Walking, gentle stretches, pelvic floor exercises and deep stomach exercises are all allowed in this case, but only after your six-week postnatal check.
Don’t engage in any high-impact exercise such as aerobics or running before that, and consult with your midwife, health visitor or GP about all of those as well.
A C-section incision takes about several weeks to heal, so make sure you consult your doctor on when the right time for you to start working out is.
When you’ve passed the critical period and your doctor has approved workouts, you can do pelvic tilts to reduce the belly fat and Pilates and yoga will be great for gaining strength and flexibility.
New moms tend to be busy, so if going to the gym is too big a hassle, think about getting exercise equipment for your home and start breaking a sweat while your little one is resting. Feel free to go swimming, biking, running, and keep your heart rate up.
Watch What You Eat
Long gone are the days when you felt as though you could eat anything and get away with it. You are no longer eating for two and you’ll need to control your cravings after delivery.
To improve your metabolic rate and cut your hunger, think about spacing your meals. Spreading your calories evenly around the clock will boost your metabolism and prevent sugar cravings.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so do your best to eat well in the morning so that you don’t need carbs between meals. Fish, beans, skinless poultry, and lean meat cuts are rich in protein, so stick to them mainly to lessen the hunger.
Adding fibre to your diet will help you feel satiated faster and much longer without adding too many calories. Nuts take longer to digest so they’ll also prevent hunger from occurring too soon after your last meal.
Have vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains, along with lots of low-fat dairy products and you’ll be losing weight in no time.
Losing weight after having your baby doesn’t have to be tedious. All you need to do is stick to healthy food choices, start working out slowly, and increase your pace when your body is completely healed and recuperated.
Try out natural weight loss remedies and you’ll feel and look amazing too.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.