After having your baby, you probably want to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight right away. While losing the extra pounds is healthy, you must lose the weight in a safe way that will not affect the baby if it is breastfeeding and that will not affect your health adversely. These tips will help your waistline and your well-being.
Get Your Calcium
Milk isn’t just for your baby. It can also help you lose the baby fat. A University of Tennessee study found that women who drank three servings of low-fat milk a day lost more weight than women who didn’t meet their daily requirement for calcium. A study by Purdue University found that drinking a glass of milk after every meal helps burn more fat and calories than dieting alone. A study by the National Institutes of Health found that getting the daily requirement of calcium can help to avoid bone loss that is typical with weight loss. You can get your daily servings of calcium by eating low-fat yogurt or string cheese for snacks and drinking a glass of milk with breakfast.
Get Your Fiber
Fiber found naturally in foods is calorie-free bulk that makes you feel fuller, so you eat less. It stays in your system longer than other foods, too, so that you feel full longer. You can get fiber by eating oatmeal, high-fiber cereal, vegetables, whole-wheat breads and pastas, beans, legumes and fruit.
Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day keeps you full, so you eat less, but it also is important for burning calories because your body needs water for your metabolism to work effectively. Drinking water also helps your body to flush out stored water weight from pregnancy. Make getting more water a habit by drinking a glass after you visit the restroom, before bed, after you nurse and when you wake up in the morning.
The Mayo Clinic suggests getting short bursts of exercise to lose baby weight. This exercise should be something slow that you can gradually build upon as your body heals, such as taking a walk with your baby in a stroller for 10 minutes three times a day. You can gradually lengthen that time or move on to more challenging exercises in the following weeks.