The goal for many new moms is to get back to (or under) their pre-pregnancy weight.
Of course it takes different women totally different amounts of times to meet their weight-loss goals, but around the time baby is about a year old it can get frustrating when a mom still can’t squeeze into her favorite pre-baby jeans.
The habits I encourage you to develop and stick to—eating lots of fruits and veggies, avoiding foods you know are loaded with fat and calories, stocking your fridge and cabinets with healthy foods so you have them when you’re hungry—still apply, and they are still the best rules to follow for effective, steady weight loss. If you’re occasionally frustrated that you’re not losing weight faster, maybe you’re thinking it’s time for a rapid-weight-loss, superpower diet. Nope! That’s not the way to go for healthy and lasting results. Stick with the tried-and-true rules, and you’ll get where you need to be.
1. Accept an Extra 5+ Pounds if Breastfeeding
If you’re still breastfeeding, accept that you’ll likely hold on to an extra five (or more) pounds of weight until you stop…. when you’re breastfeeding, you need more like 1,700, minimum, and more if you’re active. You can and will lose weight slowly and steadily at this rate.
2. Eat Small Meals
Eat small meals (300 to 400 calories each) every three to four hours. This helps to keep your blood sugar stable so you don’t get crazy hungry and develop major cravings—and set yourself up to eat way more than you need.
3. Snack Before a Workout
I mentioned earlier that it’s a good idea to eat something light and healthy about an hour before you work out. For a preworkout meal, and all other meals, don’t forget to chew your food. This may sound weird, but pay attention next time you’re eating and see if you’re chewing everything carefully. Doing so slows you down and helps you digest better.
4. Don’t Drink Your Calories.
You need to take in enough calories to keep your metabolism fired up, especially if you need to support breastfeeding. However, it’s all too easy to take in more calories than you need if you don’t factor drinks into the equation. Stick to water, sparkling water, and tea. If you’re still breastfeeding you’re probably not drinking much (or any) wine or caffeine, but still, even the occasional glass of vino or a latte contributes significant calories
Working mom Alison Sweeney is an award-winning actress and host of NBC's The Biggest Loser. For more fitness tips from Alison, check out The Mommy Diet, a month-to-month plan for a healthy body and mind before, during and after pregnancy.
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