Breastfeeding has a lot of benefits. (1) it’s free, (2) its the healthiest milk for your baby, and (3) it has the potential of helping you lose weight naturally. Since breastfeeding burns calories, this is where the idea of losing weight comes from. According to choosemyplate.gov, “women who breastfeed exclusively for more than 3 months tend to lose more weight than those who do not.” It also states that “those who continue breastfeeding beyond 4-6 months may continue to lose weight.”
Exercises For After Birth
As we know it, exercise is a proven way to shed some pounds after birth. Of course you would want to consult your doctor before getting back into your routine of exercise. While we all know that exercise is beneficial, what type of exercises work best?
- Walking – Walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy and lose weight. Walking is easy and it is a stress reliever.
- Bike Riding – Of course, you would want to do this when you are completely healed. Bike riding is a great toner for your legs, quads, and calf muscles. Just look at the majority of cyclist you see, they are all in good shape.
- Leg lifts – These can work the abs, oblique’s, and lower back depending on which one’s you do.
Invest in Shape Wear
Shape wear is good at helping assist your belly area with shrinking back down to its pre-pregnancy size. Shape wear comes in many different brands, styles, and colors. These products vary in price as well. The good thing about these products is that you can wear them no matter how long ago you gave birth. Some have claimed that using shape wear takes off inches in seconds, making it possible to get into a lesser dress size. Shape wear helps you to reduce size in your tummy area, thighs, upper back and buttocks.
Watch Your Diet
After nine months of not being able to eat what you want, you may have the urge to “pig out” after birth. Gobbling down everything you couldn’t eat that you can now eat will make your tummy happy now and sad latter. You don’t necessarily have to start a diet (unless you want to), but it is a good idea to monitor your calorie intake. Many people have been successful with using Weight Watchers; however, if you do not want to pay for a program you can use an alternative such as MyFitnessPal.com. There you can learn how much calories you need to take-in a day to meet your weight loss goal. You can also log your daily meals, water intake, and weight loss.
Drink More Water
We’ve all heard this before, “drink 8 glasses of water a day”. Well, drinking an adequate amount of water a day can help assist you in losing weight. Drinking plenty of water helps to make the body feel full. This will help you to not over eat and add additional unwanted pounds. Drinking water also helps to increase your metabolism. Having an increased metabolism helps to burn more fat calories, thereby resulting in weight loss.
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