Weight Loss After a Baby includes 3 things: Nutrition, Exercise and a lot of Patience.
Other than feeling good and having more energy, there are many motivators for systematically striving for weight loss after baby. If you carry extra pounds, you have an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Losing weight will improve your health not only now but it can also influence your weight in future years to come.
Stop Making This Major Mistakes
Diets, especially quick weight loss diets or and plans, often set you up for failure because:
- You feel deprived.
Diets that don’t allow certain types of food (carbs, fat, sugar) in moderation are simply not practical, not to mention unhealthy – eliminating entire food groups doesn’t allow for a healthy, well-rounded diet.
- You “plateau” after losing a few pounds.
There is actually a second component to healthy weight loss: exercise. Often your body adjusts to your new way of eating, and it’s only with increased physical activity that the pounds will continue to melt away.
- You lose weight, but can’t keep it off.
Diets that severely cut calories, restrict certain foods, or rely on ready-made meals might work in the short term. However, once you meet your weight loss goal, you have no means of lifelong, healthy diet maintenance, and the pounds come quickly come back.
- After your diet, you seem to put on weight more quickly.
Restricting your caloric intake slows down your metabolism – another reason why starvation or “fasting” diets are counterproductive.
- The person on the commercial lost 30 lbs in 2 months – and you have not.
Diet companies make a lot of grandiose promises, and most are simply not realistic. Unfortunately, losing weight is not easy, and anyone who makes it seem that way is doing you a disservice. Don’t get discouraged by setting unrealistic goals!
- You will never burn tummy fat with ABS exercises.
You can build your abdominal muscles with some of these machines, but this will not doing anything about the fat that covers up your abs.
How To Make the Permanent Weight Loss Reality
There is just a one sure-fire way how to lose weight permanently:
- No hurry. Be patient. Set realistic goals.
Trying to lose weight too fast can often rebound on you. A majority of the weight you lose from fast loss diets comes back on the very first day that you start eating “normal” again. They give you a false sense of hope and are highly unhealthy and toxic to your body. Set realistic goals. Do not try to lose more then 1 -2 pounds a week.
- Choose exercises that you enjoy and that you can incorporate into your everyday life.
No time for a long workout? Research shows that three 10-minute spurts of exercise per day are just as good as one 30-minute workout.
- Focus on healthy food.
- Avoid Temptation – Buy healthy foods at the grocery store and don’t keep junk food in the house
Eat smaller portions – Don’t try starving yourself or skipping meals. Just cut back on the portions.
Eat only when you are hungry – Distract yourself with an activity if you are constantly hungry.
Drink water before meals.
How long it takes you to return to your pre-pregnancy weight and shape largely depends on how much weight you gained during your pregnancy.
Remember! Starvation is not solution for the permanent weight loss after baby.