10 Top Tips for Getting Back to Your Pre-Pregnancy Weight
You’ve just had a baby and you haven’t worn your regular clothes in months. Now all you want to do is fit back into your favorite jeans and toss the maternity clothes. Getting back to your old eating habits and not “eating for two” can seem challenging. Changing your habits a bit—increasing foods with fiber such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains and Kretschmer Wheat Germ, for example—will decrease your caloric intake and help you shed unwanted pounds.
Here are 10 tips to help you knock off those last remaining pregnancy pounds:
1. Include at least one vegetable with every meal.;
2. Drink plenty of water.
3. Make your meals from scratch so you know exactly what you’re eating. Check out some delicious, nutritional recipes on our recipe page.
4. Avoid empty calories, those high-sugar, high-fat foods that taste good when you’re tired and haven’t planned a meal. Also keep in mind that alcohol is made up of empty calories.
5. Try new recipes from healthy-eating cookbooks, magazines and websites such as Eating Well and Cooking Light. This Salmon with Lemon, Dill and Wheat Germ Sauce recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
6. Use a smaller dinner plate: Instead of a 12-inch plate, use a 10-inch or appetizer plate. It may sound like a gimmick, but it can actually trick your brain into thinking you’re eating more than you are.
7. Manage your blood sugar. Don’t wait until you’re starving to eat because you’ll most likely overindulge.
8. With your doctor’s approval, get back to working out. Start slowly and find a consistent routine that will last.
9. Get enough sleep, when you can. Studies show that mothers who receive six hours of sleep or less per night six months after pregnancy have more difficulty losing baby weight than those who get more than six hours of sleep.
10. Continue to breastfeed. Not only is it good for your baby, but it may also help you lose weight because you use extra calories to feed your infant.
For some, the weight will come off quickly; others will need to give it time. Don’t get discouraged. Set realistic expectations and don’t try to lose more than a pound a week. Check with your doctor if you start to lose weight too quickly.
What’s your secret tip to taking off baby weight?