Trust me when I say I understand the roller coaster of emotions that comes with being a mother. The reason I decided to share my story is because so many people have asked me how I lost all my postpartum weight. Many people assume I went on some crazy diet or hit the gym -neither is true.
I was always slim, but suddenly following childbirth, I experienced a rapid weight gain which came in as a rather unpleasant surprise. It’s not even like I was one of those women that only gained a few pounds after my pregnancy, I had gained a full blown 30 pounds.
New moms are already exhausted and really don’t want to get hints about hitting the gym and it’s about time people become mindful and sensitive about this fact. So, despite hearing insensitive remarks about my weight gain, I only focused on the well-being of myself and my baby.
When the time was right, I bought myself a good pair of sneakers and got started with walking and cycling, gradually increasing the pace. It took me 4 years to lose all the postpartum weight gain and I achieved this weight loss without hitting a gym and without any crash diets.
Here are my weight-loss tips for new moms:
- Be Realistic
Unrealistic expectations about post-partum weight loss lead many women to grow impatient with the pace of their weight loss. While achieving a healthy weight after pregnancy is important, it shouldn’t add undue stress and anxiety.
- Don’t Crash Diet
After delivering a baby, your body needs good nutrition to heal and recover. In addition, if you are breastfeeding, you require more calories than normal.
- Avoid Added Sugar, Refined Carbs, and Highly Processed Foods
The foods you have around you can have a big effect on what you eat. Sugar and refined carbs are high in calories and usually low in nutrients. Processed foods are high in sugar, unhealthy fats, salt, and calories, all of which can counteract your weight loss efforts.
- Drink Enough Water
Drinking enough water is vital for anyone trying to lose weight.
- Get Enough Sleep
A lack of sleep can negatively affect your weight
- Find an Emotional Support System
Being a new mother can be a daunting role with sleep deprivation and stress. Having friends and family for help and a ‘good listener’ to vent is quite essential.
- Start Exercising when you are ready
Begin with light exercises such as walking to burn calories.
Remember that every new mom is eager to look like her old self again but the most important thing is to be patient with yourself. Even if people around you criticise your weight gain, you got to avoid getting into any activity the body is not really ready for.
In a nutshell.. enjoy motherhood and take a gradual approach to weight loss.
Cheers to a Happy Healthy YOU!