10 Tips for Reclaiming Your Pre-Pregnancy Body
Losing weight is a challenge for most people no matter the circumstances. Losing pounds gained during pregnancy is a particularly difficult challenge for most new mothers, considering you're busy with a new baby to take care of and tend to put yourself last.
With any new fitness or weight loss program, begin slowly and pay attention to your body and how it responds.
To lose the baby weight, get fit, eat healthy, and have lots of energy, consider the following smart tips:
1. Consult your health care practitioner before beginning any weight loss plan. After you have had your postpartum checkup at six weeks, you can talk with your doctor about your fitness plan and goals. Ask your doctor about any restrictions he or she may have on physical activity, and discuss any dietary concerns.
2. Set a reasonable goal. First, realize that although you will lose weight, your body may have changed and become curvier. Keep the goal small and something you can measure. For example, if you plan to lose 30 pounds, divide that goal into 5 pound increments. Write your goals down, and keep them posted where they will be in constant view.
3. Do not begin a diet plan until after six weeks postpartum. Also never “diet”. Instead, make wise food choices, cutting out unhealthy foods and eating nutrient dense foods from a wide variety of food groups to make the most out of your calories. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats are smart choices.