Now that you’ve settled into a great routine with your baby, you are probably itching to get back to your old self. Keep in mind that it took 9 months for your baby belly to grow, so start by setting realistic expectations and give yourself the time you need to achieve your post-partum goals. Some women have a much easier time kicking their pregnancy weight to the curb while others have to go the extra mile to make progress.
All weight loss, post-partum or not, is really a matter of calories in and calories out. If you want to lose weight you’ve got to decrease your calorie consumption, increase your calorie output through exercise, or both!
Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. If you’re like me, you’re probably racing to the coffee pot in the morning but it takes extra discipline to make and enjoy a balanced breakfast while juggling young children and trying to get ready for the day. A breakfast that includes lean protein and some whole grains will really help get you going in the right direction. If it’s 10 AM before your eating anything, this is your first habit to alter.
Take notice of any bad habits that might be left over from those seemingly innocent pregnancy cravings. Make sure you’re eating for one! If you’re breastfeeding add an additional 300-500 calories; a diet less than 1500-1800 calories per day may put your milk supply at risk.
Fill your plate with veggies and fruits to help keep you feeling nourished and satisfied. Often times we mistake thirst for hunger so keeping well hydrated will help curb cravings too. Spreading your calories out throughout the day rather than sitting down for one big meal will also help keep your energy up.
Finding time for exercise is challenging but certainly not impossible. One of my favorite things to do is take my little ones for a stroll. The afternoon doldrums hit my house around 4 o’clock and everyone benefits from a change of scenery. Strapping the kiddos into the stroller is a great way for Mom to get some exercise while the kiddos enjoy the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. You can also check out the Mommy and Me Yoga classes at Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh.
If you want your exercise time to be your “me time” make an appointment for your child to enjoy the Child Activity Center at Rex Wellness. You can exercise in confidence knowing your child is engaged in play and safe under the supervision of our caring staff. Remember that exercise is cumulative and any exercise is more than none at all.
If you’ve got a good handle on your diet and exercise program and still seem to be struggling to get the weight off, it’s time to call in a professional. Make an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians and Personal Trainers. They are ready to help you with a personalized approach and will employ tried and true methods to get you where you want to be on the timeline that’s right for you.