Losing the Baby Weight

Dec 01

 

 

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For many women, pregnancy is a time to “eat anything” because cravings must mean that “the baby needs it.” This attitude has led many tearful women to my doorstep after childbirth in search of quick, magic weight loss. Unfortunately, every extra pound gained during pregnancy is a pound that new moms will have to work much harder than usual to take off. Trying to lose weight while battling sleep deprivation and hormonal imbalances can be a daunting task. It takes commitment, hard work and dedication in all aspects of a new mom’s life.

Let’s break it down.

  1. How badly do you want it? The answer to this question will depend on how quickly you fit back into your skinny jeans. The more committed you are on an hourly, daily and weekly basis, the faster you’ll reach your goals.
  2. Consistency matters. Each meal, snack, workout, nap and night of sleep count either for you or against you. Before you cave into that bagel craving, ask yourself, “is this going to help me achieve my goal?” If you’re tempted, don’t keep it in your cupboards. Aim for whole, unprocessed, organics and sink your teeth into fresh goodness!
  3. Weight loss knows no holiday. Trying to lose a few pounds during the holiday season? It’s not impossible! Eat before you arrive at the party and have a small snack (like apple wedges) in your purse for cravings. Sip on sparkling water with lime and enjoy catching up with friends!
  4. Keep a food log.  Eat 5 small meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugars even and energy levels up.
  5. Listen to your body. Tired? Nap. Sleep like your baby and hit the sack as early as you can. When you’re well-rested, squeeze in an intense calisthenics workout for the time you have, even if it’s just 10-15 minutes!
  6. Weight-loss plateaus happen. Get creative. Mix up your food choices, sleep an extra hour and push harder during workouts.
  7. But I’m breastfeeding…that counts for something, right? At 20 calories per ounce, weight-loss-by-breastfeeding is only half the story…especially if you’ve got more than 15 pounds to lose. Most of my breastfeeding moms hit a weight-loss plateau fairly early on and hold onto an extra five pounds until they finish breastfeeding.
  8. Stop obsessing. Hourly weigh-ins, crash-diets and long hours in the gym won’t add up to rapid weight loss. In fact, these tactics will likely add to your already-overloaded stress levels and create a major plateau or even weight gain! Chill out and have patience. A pound or two per week will add up over time!

Remember: nine months on, nine months off. YEAH!

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