Pregnancy is a beautiful, magical, and life altering experience, and our children are our most precious gifts, but trying to lose the post-pregnancy belly is often frustrating and heartbreaking. Losing weight after having a baby can be a daunting task. Sure, it would be nice to be able to get into that pre-pregnancy size 4 dress right away but for most of us this is not reality. Women struggling with weight loss after pregnancy will often try dieting (usually fad diets), they exercise often – they do whatever they can think of to try to lose weight without any success. People will try to tell you that this is just a part of life that you have to deal with. Despite what others have told you, you actually can get back to wearing regular jeans, even sizes smaller than before pregnancy.
“Going on a diet” is not necessarily the right way you should go when you want to lose weight and it’s time everyone realized that. How many times have you heard of someone going on a diet to lose weight, only to find that as soon as they return to their normal eating habits, they not only put the weight back on, but sometimes they end up weighing more than when they started. The average woman spends a decade of her life on a diet. You need to make sure that you eat a balanced diet. Eating healthy foods when you’ve got a history of eating crap is a huge hurdle to get over if you want to lose weight. You need to avoid crash, fad, restrictive “celebrity” diets that will only leave you tired, exhausted, hungry, and cranky. Try to eat sensible meals and snacks at regular times throughout the day.
Of course, everyone knows that exercise is an important part of trying to lose weight. Once you’ve got the go-ahead to begin an exercise program, finding the time to carry it out may not be so easy. We have to tackle exercise the same way we are tackling our bad eating habits. Here are some tips on how to work your exercise into baby’s schedule:
– Use a stroller or baby sling so that you can go walking with your baby.
– Get some exercise videos that you can pop in at home and use any time the opportunity presents itself.
– Skip one TV show a night. One less show, means less time on the couch, which could give you 30 minutes to an hour of exercise time
A few years ago some studies were done to compare the effects of steady state cardio and intervals and the results were astounding! It seems that those who performed the intervals lost more weight than those who did the steady state cardio. Many people who want to lose weight think that doing cardio for hours and hours is the only way they will reach their goal weight. The point is you don’t need long periods of time to fit in time to exercise, as long as you use one of the tips mentioned above or just do a quick search of the internet to find more suggestions.
Pregnancy may be one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life. The joy of having a baby and being a new mom can be quickly overshadowed by, amongst other things, losing the pregnancy weight. You can choose to start living for today by getting on with losing the pregnancy weight or you can remain stagnant and always living for tomorrow. Your fitness journey begins by choosing and doing the exercises that work for you. The great thing about living a healthy lifestyle is that it can be passed on to your baby and family and improve your quality of life.