This article will be really insightful for new mothers and girls who are planning to start a family. Losing weight after pregnancy and keeping it off while still breastfeeding can be a hard job, especially when you do not want your milk supply to be affected. However, we have got you covered ladies. So, stay tuned!
1. Don’t act desperate
Plan a gradual weight loss and do not try to get off all those extra pounds within one month. Generally, you can lose up to 1-1.5 pounds while breastfeeding in a healthy way. Plan accordingly and lose weight without tiring off your body or keeping it away from the nutrients that it needs.
2. Have a food diary
Having a food diary helps you in shedding more weight than you think you could and it also helps you in keeping that weight off. The key is to note each and everything that goes in your mouth, no matter how small or harmless the portions and calories look. This way, you will automatically cut down on indulgences when you know how many calories it will cost you and you would be forced to eat healthily.
3. Eat food with high fiber content
Eating veggies and fruits high in fiber not only suppress your appetite but also supply your body with essential vitamins and nutrients that it needs for its proper functioning and well-being.
4. Eat whole grain cereals
Choose whole grain foods like grain bread, brown rice, and oatmeal as they have fewer calories than refined flours and encourage weight loss around your abdomen and stomach. Also, consuming whole grains keeps you fuller for a longer period of time due to high fiber content and also keeps your bowel movements in check.
5. Exercise moderately
Do not tire yourself out, but engage in light exercises 4-5 times a week like going to the park for a little stroll with your toddler and even climbing up the staircase instead of using the elevator. However, stay away from strength training and heavy cardio workouts as that can affect your milk supply.
6. Eat small meals throughout the day
By eating regular and small meals throughout the day, your metabolism stays active throughout the day and you actually burn more calories each day as opposed to the days where you starve yourself and skip meals.
7. Stay hydrated at all times
Drinking enough water helps in flushing harmful toxins out from your body and also tackles the water weight left after delivery. Also, staying hydrated is essential for a healthy milk supply and it keeps you full as well.
8. Drink lukewarm water after meals
Drinking lukewarm water after meals helps in washing down any grease and oil from your system and gives your metabolism a boost so that you digest your food better and also so that your body absorbs the nutrients and minerals from your food better.
9. Breastfeed as often as you can
Breastfeeding your little bundle of joy regularly helps your body to burn some extra calories and it also helps in contracting your uterus to its original size so that your abdomen gets flat and toned up after delivery.
10. Try to get enough sleep
While this is easier said than done, it will be really helpful if you could ask someone to look after the baby while you get a couple of hours for yourself, where you can nap peacefully and de-stress because stress makes you put on weight and also makes you lethargic and sluggish.
That’s all for today! Hope this helps.