Even though the average woman loses approximately 15 to 20 pounds after giving birth, getting rid of the belly fat that remains even after pregnancy won’t be done with such ease. Whether you just had a baby or if you’re holding onto your baby weight longer than anticipated, a well-balanced diet, exercise and a healthy outlook on life can help you in your endeavors.
There’s a saying for women who are eager to “snap back” after giving birth. “If your tummy took nine months to get there, then it should take at least that or longer to get it back to the way it was.”
Losing weight can be tough after pregnancy. It might take six months to a year for you to reach your desired results. With that in mind, we’re going to share with you tips that will help you safely get back into shape during your postpartum recovery period.
During pregnancy, the abdominal region expands and various experts claim that around 1/3 to 1/2 of women experience a diastasis recti injury post-pregnancy.
Refrain from Dieting
Although this tip sounds a bit counterproductive to our end goal, going on a diet can potentially ruin your weight loss efforts. Depriving yourself of the vital nutrients during a time where you stressed from being a new mom could actually cause you to gain weight.
Regardless of how much you are trying to lose, it is recommended to try not to drop below 2,200 calories, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Most new mothers find that baby weight comes off naturally when foster healthy eating habits. Instead of dieting, opt for eating a well-balanced variety of foods and try keeping healthy snacks around the house to keep you satisfied throughout the day.
Whether you choose to bottle feed or breastfeed your baby, there are a variety of benefits that are accompanied by breastfeeding your child.
However, when it comes to losing weight – some studies find that breastfeeding can actually help lose weight, while other studies indicate no differences in weight loss between women who bottle feed and those who breastfeed.
What is for certain is that breastfeeding is extremely beneficial for your baby, as it helps strengthens immunity and offers a plethora of vital health benefits. Nursing also allows you to add an extra 300 calories to your diet a day. Just make sure that if you chose to breastfeed, not to use it as an excuse to eat whatever you’d like.
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is essential during the postpartum recovery period. Drinking lots of water throughout the day prevents you from getting dehydrated. Aside from it keeping you hydrated, it also aids in milk production for lactating mothers and research also suggest that it helps speed up your metabolism.
The often recommended eight glasses of water a day isn’t completely accurate, particularly for new mothers. Which is why doctors will usually recommend using the color of your urine and how often you use the restroom as a guide.
If you’re drinking enough water, your urine should be comparatively clear, and you should be going to the bathroom every three to four hours.
Although drinking water and fostering a healthy diet is important, these are only a portion of what you need to do to you reach your weight loss goals. You will need to incorporate strength training and aerobic exercises to help you burn calories and strengthen your bones and muscles.
Exercise will not only help you lose weight, but it will also help to relieve stress, fight postpartum depression and promote better sleep. Keep in mind that after you’ve had your baby, your body needs the proper time to heal. Going hard in the gym will only overexert yourself and potentially cause injury.
You don’t have to spend 24 hours in the gym to get back into shape; holding a baby all day is a workout in itself. Taking brisk walks, lifting light weights, yoga and tai-chi can all help you lose your baby weight.
Bonus Tip: Try other Weight-Loss Options
A healthy diet and getting the right amount of exercise can help you lose weight, but there are other weight-loss options you can use to help you lose your baby pooch.
If you’re looking for instant gratification, you can also wear pregnancy spanks, drink weight loss teas or consider getting rid of your stubborn belly fat with a non-invasive fat removal procedure like BHRC’s CoolSculpting Treatment.
CoolScupting, unlike a lot of other fat removal procedures, is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to target and gets rid of stubborn fat won’t go away with diet and exercise. Moms note that this procedure is painless and offers immediate results.
Regardless of what option you chose to get rid of your belly fat after pregnancy, always make sure to speak to your doctor and get their approval first. Talking to your dietician is also recommended as they can help you compose an individual eating plan that will help you lose weight both effectively and safely.