Do you still have some baby weight? Many moms struggle to lose their pregnancy weight. Doctors are telling us to gain 25-30 lbs (or more) while carrying. And it is not hard to do. Especially when you can stock your freezer full of ice cream and make daily stops to the carryout.
Then you birth a little miracle and you are left with this pouch, leaving strangers wondering if you are preggo again. Uh! Now you have to lose it!
And by the way, if you are still at kid one, the worst is when you are expecting shortly after getting your body back. NO… (me yelling).
So after having 3 little boys, and the weight loss getting harder, I came up with a good weight loss plan that lots of mommies can use. I lost 14 stubborn lbs doing this!
(You don’t have to be postpartum to try this.)
I am no doctor and I realize this won’t work for everyone. Also, if you are nursing, you may want to adjust this plan accordingly (or wait till you’re done nursing). To be honest, I can’t say that nursing helped me lose weight like you often hear about.
Here are 8 Ways to Lose Baby Weight Realistically:
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST
You’ll want to get to the bottom of your underlying health concerns first. It’s also smart to ask your doctor about taking vitamins. This may aid your weight loss because you’ll be feeling pretty good to start.
EAT LEAN PROTEINS
Eggs, chicken, turkey, nuts are healthy proteins (compared to beef and pork). Chicken or ground turkey work great in meals. Hard-boiled eggs or nuts make good energy snacks. Resist the urge to eat processed foods (like hot dogs with the kiddos).
DRINK MORE WATER
Juice and sports drinks have lots of sugar, natural or not. Just keep drinking that clear goodness. Try to space these out. Maybe have an 8 oz. glass of water first thing in the morning, then again before each meal, and maybe a couple hours before bed. You don’t want to drink too much at once. No Alcohol either. Alcohol can be one of the biggest factors for gaining weight. Most alcohol is full of sugar, carbs, and calories. Seriously look up before and afters of people who became sober!
KICK SUGAR TO THE CURB
A little won’t hurt, but sugar can be very addictive. If you get a sugar craving, have an apple. Eventually, I found that after so long of taking added sugar out of my diet, I no longer craved it. Things with added sugar actually started to taste too sweet.
Natural preservatives exist, however, store-bought food usually contains preservatives that disrupt our metabolic rate (among other things). Try to shop organic when possible. Look for alternatives that don’t have artificial dies and added sweeteners.
GET OUTSIDE WITH THE KIDS
Don’t worry about pushups and situps unless you want to. Your physical activity can include teaching your kids a sport or exploring. Heck, take them to the park or on a 20-minute walk! It counts! Just get outside and get moving!
NO FOOD AFTER DINNER
“What??” you’re saying. “But I’m a mom and I barely get to eat dinner when it’s happening!” This forces you to eat when your family does. Furthermore, those extra night time calories won’t be slowing down your metabolism when you sleep. If need be, grab a handful of almonds or a small amount of lean protein to satisfy your hunger.
DRINK GREEN TEA
Everyday drink green tea with honey and lemon (and even cinnamon). Green tea is detoxifying. Lemon, honey, and cinnamon are said to boost your immune system and your metabolism. One drink of this early in the morning and one at night should help do the trick. If you love green tea, however, you could have some in between meals.
In the end:
No matter what, this is a process about trying to love your body. But you know what? You already should! You grew a tiny human in your body and that is a lot of work! (Even if you haven’t recently just had a child, know your worth and start thinking positive!)
Lastly, if you start feeling tired or moody, then it’s time to see your doctor again. You may need some more healthy fats, or to add a cheat day. The scale measures your weight, but you can’t exactly measure feeling good. The point of losing weight should be to give you more energy, reduce stress, and make you happy.
Basically, think of food as fuel for your body.
Again, I am not a weight loss expert or doctor, but these things helped me to lose my baby weight after kid #3. Yes, I’ve gained a couple LBs back, but I feel good and that’s what matters to me most!
The Before and After shots show all the weight in my face.
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