After birth, all women would love to fit into their pre-pregnancy outfits. Unfortunately, after delivery, most moms are not as fit as they would want to be. The struggle to lose weight gets tougher if you are breastfeeding, do not put so much pressure on yourself though; it is just a matter of time before you have your well-toned curves back.
Here are eight tips to lose weight while nursing without reducing your milk supply that is vital for the nourishment of your baby.
1. Breastfeed your baby as regularly
While nursing your baby, you lose a lot of calories. So, if you breastfeed your baby frequently, you will burn the maximum number of calories. It is imperative to keep doing this especially when you start hitting the gym to ensure that your body is conscious of its milk production in spite of the continuous loss of stored fat.
2. Adopt healthy eating habits
If you are seeking to shed off some pounds as you breastfeed, it is advisable that you eat 1500-1800 calories on a daily basis. This amount of calories is high enough to make certain that the milk supply is adequate. The calories also provide you with enough energy but also create a large deficit of burned calories that aid in the loss of weight.
You will get super hungry once you start exercising while breastfeeding. For this reason, your calorie intake should not be below the 1500-1800 mark. Losing weight healthily requires you to feed on healthy calories and fats; avoid foods that contain too much sugar and fats.
3. Get a good night’s rest
Sleep deprivation causes you to become easily agitated and stressed. Stress and lack of sleep are closely associated with weight gain. Therefore, if you are trying to lose weight, you will need to avoid stress and ensure that you get enough sleep. Regardless of whether you are stressed due to low milk supply, sleep deprivation or even dealing with other children, make use of every free time you get to de-stress. Get as much beauty sleep as you can. If necessary, get yourself an excellent mattress and full body pregnancy pillow that will make you more comfortable throughout the night.
4. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily
Drinking water is essential for successful milk supply and healthy weight loss. Staying hydrated helps a great deal with shedding of the weight- that is regardless of your nursing status; It helps get rid of excess water weight and toxins. Also, people who are trying to shed off some pounds, are advised to drink some water before having meals as it makes one feel fuller and eat smaller portions of food.
5. Take advantage of weight watchers
Weight watchers are super convenient as they set up a user-friendly plan that works well with nursing moms; If you are breastfeeding, you do not have to worry about a thing as the weight watcher ensures that milk production is not compromised in any way whatsoever. Weight watchers allow you to eat a wide variety of foods as long as your calorie intake stays within a certain point range.
It is entirely possible to lose weight by simply dieting. However, if it is impossible for you to lose weight by diet alone, exercise will do the trick for you. While exercising, you will have to check on the number of calories you burn to make sure that your breastmilk supply remains unhurt.
Exercising at the gym while you have a baby can be quite a hassle especially for moms who do not have a nanny. These moms could find new ways to exercise at the comfort of their own home. For example, a mom could walk around their house or neighborhood while pushing the baby in their stroller.
7. Avoid eating processed foods
Adopt a diet that is rich in whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables and keep off from eating processed foods. This will make certain that you lose a significant amount of weight even without going to the gym. This habit will also ensure that you eat a well-balanced diet.
8. Consult a nutritionist
At this point, you are seeking for information about losing weight while breastfeeding online. However, sometimes the advice given can be quite misleading in the way that it differs for everyone because our bodies are unique.
Regarding this ‘misinformation,’ nursing moms who want to lose weight while breastfeeding should consult a nutritionist or dietitian to ensure that they are well-informed.
If you are quite tied up and not able to meet a nutritionist at their office, or maybe you are on a budget, you could talk to one via a tele-doc company; it is cheaper and more convenient than an office visit.
Do not be too hard on yourself; It took you nine months to grow that bump and deliver- so you do not have to lose the weight instantaneously