Returning to your original weight 6 to 12 months after giving birth is possible. The key is in reducing the consumption of sugars and fats.
Eating a healthy diet and getting daily exercise can help women lose those extra pounds. Breastfeeding also helps with postpartum weight loss. The webpage MedlinePlus offers a few tips:
- Don’t skip meals. With a new baby, many mothers forget to eat. If the mother does not eat, she will have less energy, which does not help to lose weight.
- Eat five small meals a day including healthy snacks instead of three big meals.
- Eat breakfast. Doing this provides the energy to start the day and helps prevent feeling sleepy.
- Opt for low-fat milk and dairy products.
- With snacks, choose foods that are high in fiber and protein that help you feel full.
- Drink at least 12 glasses of water a day.
- Lower the intake of beverages such as sodas, juices and other drinks with added sugar and calories.
- Opt for foods that are baked or grilled instead of fried.
- Avoid extreme or drastic diets (not eating enough) as well as fad diets (diets that are popular that reduce the intake of certain foods and nutrients). It is always important to consult with a nutritionist.
Mothers may not return to their original shape from before pregnancy, as the body undergoes extreme changes after pregnancy: the belly loses its firmness, the hips become wider and the waist becomes bigger. Try to be realistic about setting goals for your body.
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