Now that you are enjoying every bit of time that you spend adoring the new member of your family, you might be thinking of starting to lose that post-pregnancy weight. Having a baby doesn’t mean you should neglect yourself; it is high time you get back into that sexy pair of jeans you adore!
But how can you lose that weight? It might seem like a daunting task at first, but with persistence and the willingness to follow through, you’ll soon see those inches fall away. Here are ways to lose that post-pregnancy weight:
- Diet – dieting doesn’t mean eating too little that you end up binging afterwards. Dieting means eating smaller, frequent meals in the day so that you won’t feel hungry, yet consume lesser calories compared to three large meals. It also means making healthier low-fat food choices, like opting for complex carbohydrates instead of reaching for that slice of pizza and fizzy drink.
- Exercise – weight loss will never be permanent if you don’t exercise, as dieting and exercise come together. The key to staying with an exercise program is doing what you love, like aerobics or maybe a salsa dancing . Whatever form of exercise you choose, starting one is more important and staying on one is golden. As long as you do it three times a week for 30 minutes each time, you’ll see great results.
- Sleep – getting enough sleep is key to weight loss. Over-fatigue can often result in the need to binge. In addition, having at least 6-8 hours of sleep most days a week can not only make you lose weight, it also leaves you feeling more energised and relaxed.
- Stress-control – being stressed and experiencing stress for most parts of the day can have detrimental effects to the body. It raises your blood cortisol levels, allowing glucose to be released from your liver, resulting in higher blood glucose levels, elevated heart rate, and decreased metabolism. Having these effects can contribute to weight gain, not loss, and ultimately lead to more serious health problems.
These are tried and tested secrets to permanent weight loss. By choosing the right foods to eat and eating them in moderation, coupled with exercise, sleep, and stress-control, you’ll surely fit into those jeans before the year is out.