How To Lose Belly Fat After Pregnancy While Breastfeeding
Losing weight and trying to feel like yourself after just delivering a baby can be tough. But it's not impossible!
Losing weight and trying to feel like yourself after just delivering a baby can be tough. There's a ton of information to sift through while you're busy trying to care for and nurse your baby. This post will help you learn the most important information all in one easy spot.
Try to stay calm
The extra pounds took time to put on, and it's unrealistic to think they will fall off in the first few weeks. Give yourself some grace and aim for a goal of about a pound to a pound and a half each month. This keeps your energy up along with your milk supply.
Have a food diary
This makes a big difference when you're trying to lose weight. You're able to learn portion sizes and are more aware of how often you are (or aren't) eating. You can also learn calorie counts of your favorite treats to decide if it's really worth it to indulge.
Increase your fiber intake
Filling up on high-fiber fruits and vegetables helps keep you fuller longer and suppress those annoying cravings for junk food. It also ensures you are getting enough important vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Whole grain cereals
You should always choose whole grains over more processed flours and grain products. This can encourage weight loss around your stomach area and prevent common issues like constipation. These foods are also high in fiber so they will keep you feeling full.
Getting some exercise a few times a week will help your postpartum body recover and begin to return to near its original size. Keep your workouts more focused on light cardio though because strength training and heavy cardio can lower your milk supply.
Try more frequent smaller meals
This works for weight loss because it keeps your metabolism constantly triggered to burn calories instead of it not being stimulated when you skip meals during the day.
Water is great for many reasons. It helps flush the extra toxins and fluids from your body left after delivery. It helps decrease your appetite during the day. Water also helps increase your milk supply for your little one.
Have a glass of lukewarm water after meals
This nifty trick helps to flush down any leftover fat or grease from the food you just ate. It can also help with digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Nursing your baby often will help in a lot of ways. It can give your supply a boost and cue your body to make more. It can also help you burn extra calories each time. Lastly, breastfeeding releases a hormone that triggers your uterus to contract, which helps bring it back down to its original size sooner.
It's easier said than done, but sleep is one of the best ways to help your body. Extra stress can lead to extra pounds. Sleep can also help by allowing your body to naturally repair itself and recover from such a hard experience.
Hopefully, you've learned a few things about how to care for your body as you try to lose weight after having a baby. Make sure you pass this information along to other friends and family members so that they can experience these benefits as well.
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Content originally published by Daily Broccoli.
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