Weight loss is an ongoing battle for many new moms. If getting lean postpartum was as easy as eating healthy and working out more, everyone would be fit. As tempting as it is to find a quick fix, it’s much better to take things slowly and make lasting lifestyle changes. This way, you’ll keep the weight off and develop new habits that promote overall health.
If you’re struggling to slim down, check out these underrated tips for postpartum weight loss:
Taking care of a newborn child is exhausting. Most moms barely sleep three or four hours a night. They also have to watch and feed their baby, do house chores, plan family meals, and go to work. The stress adds up, leading to weight gain, adrenal fatigue, depression, and other health problems. This can affect your ability to lose weight postpartum. Although you can’t completely eliminate stress from your life, there are ways to cope with it. Meditation, pilates, yoga, regular exercise, and good sleep can help relieve stress and calm your mind.
Steer Clear of Diet Foods
If you really want to lose weight, don’t fall for packaging tricks! Avoid any foods labeled “sugar free,” “low fat,” or “low sugar.” In general, low sugar products pack a lot of fat to compensate for flavor. Low fat foods are often high in sugar, fillers, and harmful chemicals. Additionally, most dieters tend to eat too much of these foods. In case you crave chocolate or other “banned” food, eat a small portion. One bad snack won’t make you fat. Just make sure it doesn’t become a habit.
A healthy breakfast can suppress hunger and keep you full until lunch. People who don’t eat in the morning tend to consume more calories throughout the day. This meal can also help you get the most out of your gym time and train harder for longer periods of time. All these factors combined will lead to weight loss.
Watch Out for Liquid Calories
Many women go on detox diets and juice cleanses to shed stubborn fat. Some drink smoothies and juices between meals. Electrolyte drinks, fruit smoothies, and protein shakes are a great choice, but they do contain calories. The worst part is that your body doesn’t process them the same way as it would process solid food. Drinking liquid calories affects satiety hormones and signaling, leading to increased hunger. If for some reason you have to skip a meal, protein shakes are your best bet. Just remember to include them in your calorie intake.