By Hollie Fallon ~
Weight loss is a tough topic! It can be triggering for many, especially regarding
weight loss after a baby. I want to preface this article by saying that I am an
advocate for creating emotionally and physically healthy habits that can in turn
get the desired outcome of losing the post baby weight. That being said, mamas,
be gentle with yourself. You’ve recently done the most incredible, and awe
inspiring act. You’re a superhero. Your body is unbelievable and beautiful. Now,
lets learn how to treat it as the prized possession that it is!
Give yourself healing and bonding time! There is no need to rush the process, the
weight will come off in time.
Here a few tips to get you started effectively and safely:
*Eat healthy, whole foods, including good quality fats. Lean proteins, paired with
7-10 daily servings of fruits and veggies.
*Drink plenty of water! Hydration is key for adequate milk production (if you are
breastfeeding). Hydrating yourself can also help determine if you are hungry or
just thirsty. Once you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated so get in those
ounces! Aim for half of your weight in ounces per day!
*Move your body as often as possible! Strap that baby on you or in a stroller and
get moving! Aim for 60 minutes of exercise at least three times a week. Find a
baby boot camp class near you so you can bring your baby with you!
*Low-calorie diets are not recommended, particularly for breastfeeding women.
However, decreasing your intake by about 500 calories per day is generally safe,
and will help you lose about 1 pound per week.
*Keep healthy snacks in the house and with you on the go. Think cut up veggies
*Lack of sleep can negatively impact your weight loss efforts. Usually it is difficult
with a newborn, however, try to get as much sleep as you can and ask for help
when you need it.
*While achieving a healthy weight after pregnancy is important, it shouldn’t add
stress and anxiety to your life. *If you are feeling anxious, or you’re simply struggling to cope, don’t be afraid to
reach out for help. Ask friends and family for help around the house, preparing
meals or taking care of the baby for a few hours to allow you to rest or get some
*If you need more help, your doctor, dietitian, family nurse or a psychologist can
offer you support.