Just had a baby and need to shed those extra kilos? With good planning and discipline, you can be back to your pre-baby weight within a year with these helpful tips!
Resist the urge to start a restrictive diet the moment give birth. Instead of dieting, focus on eating a healthy and complete diet, especially if you're breastfeeding. Your body will need a complete mix of nutrients to properly recover, and your breast milk will be healthier if you eat a healthy diet. Aim for at least 1800 calories a day; this should give your body enough energy to speed your recovery, support your daily activity, and produce a healthy amount of breast milk.
Focus on protein-rich foods
Protein-rich foods will help you to feel full longer. If you feel full, you'll be able to resist the temptation to overindulge. Overeating can cause you to gain even more weight after you give birth, giving you an even longer journey to regain your pre-pregnancy body.
Exercise is an essential ingredient in your weight-loss recipe. Doctors recommend that you get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week after giving birth or about 20 mins a day. This doesn't have to be strenuous exercise; something as simple as taking your baby for a walk in her stroller can give you a good workout. Focus on simple exercises that don't tax your body too much.
When you should exercise
Consult your doctor before you begin your postpartum exercise plan. It may not be safe for you to exercise right away, especially if you gave birth via caesarean section. Typically, you can exercise within a few days of giving birth if you had an uncomplicated delivery. If your delivery was complicated or traumatic, you may have to wait several weeks or even months before it's safe to begin exercising.