Postnatal Weight Loss Tips

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Congratulations on your new little bundle of joy! Now comes the challengin part of losing the baby weight. Below are some suggestions for postnatal weight loss tips the healthy way.

  1. Give your body time to heel and bond with your baby - don't rush to lose the weight right away. It'll happen in time.
  2. Be kind and patient with your body when working to lose the baby weight.
  3. drink plenty of water. Hydration is key for adequate milk prodcution but it can also help determine if you are actually hungry or just thirsty. Once you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated and that for many can be confussed with feeling hungry.
  4. Move your body as often as you can if you already have an older child or two then you are already doing this one! If this is your first little one strap your baby too you, put them in the pushchair and get moving!
  5. Aim for even just 10 mnutes of strength exercises everyday. To check out my Youtube channel for some exercise you can do with baby click here. 
  6. breastfeeding is a great way to help naturally lose the baby weight and an amazing bonding time for you and your baby. You may actually hold on to those last 5 to 10 pounds until you stop nursing as your body needs the extra fat stores to produce milk.
  7. Sleep. I know this is easier said than done with a newborn, but do your best to add naps in and grab sleep when you can, as there is a direct connection with having a hard time losing weight and lack of sleep.
  8. Once you have stopped breastfeeding it is a good idea to keep a food log to see how much food you are actually eating. I fin that many mums need to be very conscious of the amount of food they eat one they stop breastfeeding and are no longer burning those extra calories - so pay close attention to your healthy eating.
  9. Cut the sugar after you have stopped breastfeeding. While breastfeeding it's a good idea to keep your sugar intake to a minimum but like I mentioned above you may find that you actually need more carbohydrate too keep your milk supply up. However, once you stop breastfeeding I highly recommend cutting out the extra sugar and getting your carbohydrates from vegatables and fruit.
  10. Keep healthy snacks out at your house and with you on the go. (e.g. nuts)
  11. Eat healthy including a lot of good quality fats and protiens, plus lots of vegatables, some fruit and the occasional treat can be perfectly ok, especially when breastfeeding as your body may need the extra carbohydrates for milk production.

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