Here are some techniques to help you lose post-pregnancy weight.
- Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water every day. Replace your high sugar beverages such as sodas and juices with some water and a squeeze of fresh lemon. You could also try flavored seltzer water which has no calories. You can cut out hundreds of calories a day this way.
- Keep healthy snacks handy such as raisins, popcorn, wheat crackers, and nuts. Refuse to buy store-bought baked goods or junk food.
- Eat lean meats such as boneless chicken and the leanest cuts of beef.
- Eat whole grains (breads, cereals, pastas) instead of the “white” versions
- Don’t be fooled by foods that are labeled as nonfat. Some are loaded with calories and can have hydrogenated vegetable oils and/or high fructose corn syrup, neither of which are healthy. Read your labels!
- Resist the urge to indulge in a fast food meal. Or if you do, order the salad and not the fat-filled burgers and fries.
- As soon as you feel ready, start light exercise. Weather-permitting, take a 10 minute walk with the baby every day and slowly increase your time to 20 minutes per day. Babies can be worn in a snugli or sling or you can use a baby jogger or stroller when they get too heavy. Even better, walk at a regular time with a friend.
- Find easy ways to increase your exercise like parking farther away or using stairs instead of elevators.
- Breastfeeding uses up your fat stores! Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories per day so the longer you breastfeed, the more calories you burn.
- Consider joining a gym and trade babysitting hours with a friend so when you each go to do your workout, the other can watch the babies. Some gyms may offer babysitting services as well.
Just remember it took 9 months to gain the weight; give yourself at least that long to take it off.