How To Return To Your Pre-Pregnancy Shape In 3 Easy Ways

Has it been a month since you have delivered your baby yet you continue to look six months pregnant? Do you often look at yourself in the mirror and wonder whether you will ever get your pre-pregnancy shape back? It is easier to get back to your earlier shape if you were exercising before you conceived or if you continued to exercise through your pregnancy and kept a check on your calorie intake. However, it is possible to lose all that weight even if you have not been very active to start with. Listed below are some ways that work faster than you had ever imagined:

1. Breastfeeding

Exclusively breastfeeding1 your baby could burn up to 700 calories a day. It is one of the easiest and healthiest ways of losing weight postpartum. It is also one of the fastest ways of losing the flab. Exclusively breastfed babies tend to cluster feed and normally be at the breast for longer stretches of time which means that you can expect to lose a lot of weight in the initial days. However, you should keep a note of the fact that as soon as your nursing sessions start to be paced out, you will begin piling on the calories again. So it is a wise idea to keep your food intake under control throughout your pregnancy and even after your delivery.

2. Stay Active

It is natural to feel overwhelmed in the initial days after delivery and you might find it impossible to get up and exercise, leave alone anything else but it has been seen that women who start exercising early lose weight faster than others. If you have had a normal delivery, your doctor will most likely give you a green signal to start mild to moderate exercising after 45 days postpartum. If you have had a C-section, you will probably have to wait for a couple of months till you can start rigorous exercises. You can start walking earlier at around 45 days to enhance your stamina. Swimming is another excellent alternative to walking and helps lose weight faster. It involves the exercise of all the muscles in the body and keeps you fit enough to handle the newborn phase efficiently.

3. Eat Healthy

You will often be told that breastfeeding requires you to eat a lot but that is not true. You need nutritious food that can be obtained from a nutrient-dense diet. Instead of snacking on sugary cereals, junk and calorie-laden food, it is wiser to have protein-rich food that will not only fill you up beautifully but also keep hunger pangs away for longer stretches of time. You can always keep nuts and dried fruits at hand, toss up par-boiled chicken with veggies and have a quick salad; keep hard-boiled eggs for a delicious meal paired with wholegrain bread and chopped veggies. Eating healthy along with staying active will help you lose weight faster than your counterparts who might be exercising but at the same time loading up on unhealthy fats.

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breastfeeding#Exclusive_breastfeeding