Losing postpartum fat ranks high in any new mothers’ goals. Understandably, taking care of your child is more important than getting a killer body. However, you can incorporate the following practices even as you look after your infant. Here’s how to drop the baby fat.
Breast Feed if You Can
Breastfeeding can help with postpartum weight loss. A lot of women say that the pounds just fall off, however, for some, this is not the case.
Walking helps you burn calories because it makes you physically active. Taking regular strolls in your neighbourhood is one way of including walks into your routine.
Bringing your little one and pushing them around in the pram also adds your weight load to increase your fat-burning rate. Besides, walking enables you to bond with your child and soothe them to sleep.
You can increase the intensity of your workouts by walking up hills. In addition to enhancing heart functions, walking up hills helps to eliminate belly fat and tone the leg muscles. Walking also elevates your mood by being outdoors motivating you to keep working out.
Build Up To Jogging
Build up to jogging, invest in a jogging buggy that is designed for running, don’t try to jog with a normal buggy or pushchair.
Make sure your pelvic floor is strong enough to deal with the impact of running before attempting this.
Jogging along in the local park while pushing a buggy increases your calorie burn by around 20%.
Limit Processed Foods
Though they are quick meals, processed foods contain unhealthy sugar, salt, and fat. One way of reducing junk food intake is by replacing refined grains with whole grains.
Common whole grains include brown rice, lentils, oatmeal, corn, as well as whole-wheat bread, flour, and pasta. Whole grains prevent overeating by keeping you satiated. What’s more, they minimize the retention of calories during digestion and boost metabolism.
Similarly, avoid processed meats like sausages, ham, and bacon that expose you to cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, and obesity. You can also replace sweetened beverages with water. Water not only accelerates your metabolism but also prevents fluid retention.
Get Enough Sleep
Because inadequate sleep makes you tired, you’re unable to exercise and shed those extra pounds. Lack of sleep also creates time for eating making it hard to say no to a bedtime snack. Additionally, it makes you eat more by triggering hormone ghrelin and suppressing hormone leptin.
Ghrelin increases hunger while leptin tells the body it’s full. You can get more rest by sleeping when your child sleeps. You can also ask your partner to help with changing the baby’s nappy at night and feeding the baby expressed milk when they wake up to breastfeed.
Make these tips a part of our lifestyle if you want to get in shape. You can also embrace exercises such as lifting weights, the act of lifting your baby can result in super toned arms! Try doing a workout DVD made especially for postpartum mothers However, consult a doctor before adopting a workout routine.