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Losing Weight Is Easier Than You Thought!

What is the biggest challenge after delivery? Losing weight, of course! Not all women are lucky enough to shed the extra pounds as easily as some women do. Forget those women; we are not going to ask them how they do it. We are going to tell ways to lose pounds for the not-so-lucky ones.

It's quite simple. You need to make an effort to lose weight, but it's not rocket science.

Tips For Losing Weight After Pregnancy

  • Set realistic goals. If you expect to lose, the extra pounds gained during nine whole months in just one day, then please come down to earth, ladies! It's not possible. Be patient. It takes some time.
  • It's not advisable to jump into your treadmill as soon as you deliver. Too much physical activity can harm you. Your body is in the stage of healing after performing a hard task of giving birth. Give your body at least 2-6 months; it will thank you for it.
  • Plan a workout session after consulting your doctor. The kind of exercise depends on your medical record. It's best to start exercising after a couple of months of delivery. This is when your body starts building up its energy and your periods become regular.
  • Stop making comparisons with celebrities. Thinking how do celebrity moms get back into their original figure in such a short period of time after delivery? They have lots of moolah to spend on hiring the best personal trainers, dieticians, and chefs round the clock. An average household is not even able to keep house helps or nannies.
  • Don't be in a hurry to shed weight. You will put it on even faster. Crash diets are a strict NO. They do more harm than good.
  • It's not mandatory to stick to a structured exercise schedule. Introduce other physical activities in your lifestyle such as long walks, swims, tai chi, and the good old yoga.
  • A drastic weight loss after delivery is not normal. The safest range of losing weight is between 0.5 and 2.0 pounds per week. It should not be more than this. Normally, you gain about 30 pounds on an average during the nine months period. After giving birth, you lose 13 per cent of the weight automatically. The remaining weight requires some effort to be kicked out.
  • Have a nutritious diet. This is especially important for breastfeeding moms. Make sure you eat around five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Eat lots of fiber for a good bowel movement. Fiber is filling and prevents you from overeating. Include liberal amounts of yoghurt, cheese, milk, pulses, and legumes to get the required calcium and protein.
  • Drink lots of water daily. It flushes out the toxins from your body and refreshes you. Water helps in losing weight. If plain water gets boring, opt for natural fruit juices such as apple or water melon juice. Say 'no' to soda and colas. They are packed with empty calories.

Losing weight becomes easy by following the above tips. Start implementing them today!