Having a baby is a significant strain on your body, so you might not be ready to jump right back in when it comes to your workout routine. Throw in the fact that you are consumed with the duties and concerns of a new mother, as well as the pressure to return to the working world in some cases, and you simply might not have the time and energy to focus on exercising and eating right. And yet, you get so many benefits from both, especially as a new mom, that you really need, like extra energy, more restful sleep, and of course, the ability to lose that stubborn baby weight. So if you’re on the lookout for a few great weight-loss tips, here are some that are sure to work with your new and exciting lifestyle.
- Raise awareness. You were probably hyper-aware of everything you put into your body when you were eating for two, so don’t fall into bad habits now that your little bundle of joy has made his way into the world. For one thing, he’s still eating whatever you are if you opt to breastfeed. And it’s just as easy to grab an apple as a bag of chips or a candy bar. So watch what you eat and if you need help, download an app or simply get a notebook to track your food intake and exercise to be aware. When you see what’s not working, you can easily change it up.
- Try everything. The trick with weight loss is to keep trying different things until you find the ones that work for you. Some women can do an hour a day on the treadmill while others have to put the baby in a stroller and get outdoors. Maybe you just can’t give up your morning latte or your afternoon Coke, but you’re willing to switch to nonfat milk and diet soda. Perhaps just having fruits and veggies in the house as an option is enough for you to make the right choice, but you might have to purge the high-calorie snacks entirely or join a regimented diet program instead of going it alone. Try everything and eventually you’ll find something that works for you.
- Stick with sustainable. Weight can fluctuate a lot in either direction, so although an extreme diet and exercise regimen can help you lose fast, the weight will almost certainly come back as soon as you return to your regular habits. It really behooves you to find something you can live with indefinitely if you want to stay fit and healthy for life.
- Get support. You do not have to go it alone. Even if you can’t convince your partner to diet with you or a friend to join you for weekly jogs, you can likely get the people who love you to offer encouragement, hold you accountable, or give you whatever support you need to get through the process of losing weight (and subsequently, keeping it off).
- Try, try again. Some people do not react well to failure, treating it more like a self-fulfilling prophecy than a small setback. Whether your grapefruit diet, body cleansing tea, or P90X plan didn’t pan out, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on returning to your pre-baby weight. Falling on your face is part of the process, but so it getting back in the saddle. So find a way to turn every negative into a positive and remember that your lifelong pursuit of health is a marathon, not a sprint.