Ask any mother and they’ll tell you how much weight they gained during their pregnancy. Many women will gain anywhere from 30-40 pounds while being pregnant for nine months. However, gaining this weight isn’t exactly the difficult part; the difficult part is losing the weight after giving birth. So, what is the fastest way to lose pregnancy weight? The following are a few basic tips that all moms can use to drop those extra pounds.
As hard as it may seem, you have to get up and start moving. Exercise is one of the most effective methods for increasing weight loss. Schedule a time every day for you to participate in some type of physical activity for about 45-60 minutes. Many mothers enjoy walking around a park or track with their babies in a stroller. If you get tired of walking, consider participating in a yoga or pilates class.
If you’re looking to quickly lose weight, you need to focus on your diet. Many people who strive to lose weight mistakenly assume that exercise alone will do the trick. The truth is that the key to weight loss has less to do with what you do in the gym and more to do with what you eat in the kitchen. Focus on consuming foods with lean protein and essential fatty acids (i.e. fresh salmon, chicken, etc.). After losing so much calcium during and after your pregnancy, refueling your body with things like yogurt and milk will also help.
Speaking of refueling, you need to focus more on replenishing your body with fluids after giving birth. The more you feed your child every day the more fluids your body is losing. Focus on drinking more water throughout the day; since you are breastfeeding you should consume more than the recommended 64 ounces. If you’re tired of simply drinking plain water, try sprucing up your water with a little freshly squeezed lemon juice or orange juice.
Use these simple tips to help you lose the belly fat you’ve gained over the past nine months. Again, exercise is very important but not as important as maintaining a healthy diet. As you continue to exercise and eat right make sure you drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest.