You’ve delivered your baby, and you are both doing well. The only problem is, you want to lose your baby weight sooner rather than later. You can drop the pounds safely by sticking with a healthy, balanced diet. Keep your expectations realistic, though, and remember that you taking care of your baby is more important that getting your super-hot body back. If you are breastfeeding, keep in mind that you are still eating for two and don’t cut your calories too much.
Eat breakfast every day. Get your days started off right with a healthy breakfast. Choose cereals that are low in sugar and high in fiber. Add more fiber by eating a piece of fruit and get plenty of protein and calcium with a glass of low-fat milk, soy milk or a cup of yogurt.
Consume plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein each day. Talk to your doctor about a specific meal plan that will help you reach your goals. If you are looking to cut something from your diet, cut out the fat first. Stick to lean protein, such as fish, beans and tofu and trade in full-fat dairy for low fat.
Stick to a regular meal schedule. Skipping meals will derail your weight loss plans, since you’ll be likely to eat more at the next meal, according to BabyCenter. You may want to plan to eat five or six small meals a day or aim for three bigger meals and a snack or two in between.
Get the junk food out of your house. The easiest way not to eat candy, fatty snacks or other junk food is to keep it away. Think about it — your craving for a chocolate bar probably won’t be big enough for you to tuck the baby into his car seat and drive to the nearest store. If you want something sweet, try a piece of fruit. If you’re craving salt, try eating a handful of almonds or peanuts.
Enjoy your meals. Take your time eating so that you savor each bite and avoid overeating.
Drink plenty of water. It has no calories, so you can drink as much as you want, without worry. Drinking water may also prevent you from mindlessly snacking, since it can trick you into thinking you are full.