We thought you'd enjoy reading this informative article on weight loss for new moms! While this is not an endorsement, the article provides some really useful tips! ~ Team Along Came Baby
Wanting to lose weight after pregnancy is a common goal. On average, new moms need to lose 15 pounds after childbirth. But “average” means half of women gain more, and if you still had a few extra pounds from your last pregnancy, it is easy to see how the weight can add up fast.
1. Lose weight with breastfeeding. Breastfeed if you can. There are wonderful benefits for your newborn and for your figure! You naturally burn calories to make breast milk every time you nurse. Studies have shown that new mothers that breastfeed lose weight faster than those mothers who don’t.
2. Don’t try to lose weight with a crash diet – it is a set up for failure. Restrictive diets are difficult to follow and are not a healthy way to lose weight. Be patient. It took you 9 months to gain that weight, give your body time to return to your pre pregnancy weight. On average it takes about 8-10 months to return to your pre pregnancy weight. The Achieve-Life program provides a healthy way to lose weight permanently.
3. A healthy diet will help with weight loss. Eating the right food in the right amounts is necessary for healthy weight loss. Achieve-Life provides a diet targeted just for you that focuses on the right foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, etc…) and the right amounts. Also, focus on the “good fats” such as poly and monounsaturated fats. These are found in foods such as whole grains and nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and salmon. Avoid saturated and trans-fats such as highly processed foods and calorie dense foods.
4. Exercise is a necessary part of healthy weight loss. Exercise will help you with post-baby weight loss as well as increase your energy level, help you sleep better, and help with postpartum depression. Be sure to take it slow and ease yourself into an exercise routine. Start with walking or maybe yoga for ten minutes a day and increase the duration as you feel stronger. Check with your doctor as to when the best time is to start exercising after pregnancy. Once your doctor says it is safe, Achieve-Life provides a customized exercise program that is effective and tracks your progress.
Congratulations on your new addition to the family! Your entire life is about to change (in a great way). Now you’re ready to lose that post-baby weight safely and effectively by combining a healthy, nutritious diet with daily exercise.
(Courtesy of Achieve-Life)