Losing baby Weight with these tips
So, you had a baby? Congrats! Not only were you blessed with your sweet bundle of joy, but also a few extra pounds that are stubbornly sticking with you.
With these tips for losing baby weight, you can finally do it!
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Ditch the maternity clothes asap
Maternity clothes feel so comfortable and don’t hug your curves, but they can also make you become complacent.
With my daughter, I wore maternity clothes for a good year after having her (yikes!).
Finally ditching the maternity clothes helped immensely because nothing helps give you motivation like that of tight-fitting clothes that once fit.
Find time to exercise
The next idea for losing baby weight is to exercise.
Finding time to exercise as a mom can seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be if you use a few of my techniques listed below.
Exercise with your kids
Try exercising with your kids, or even using them to help you! After all, lifting up that little one is an exercise in an of itself.
I turn some of my favorite music on and start dancing with my 2-year-old daughter.
While I am dancing, I also make it a point to do squats, and lunges or I hold my daughter and dance (arm workout for sure as she is almost 30 pounds).
Another reason I like this method is that it can help tire my daughter out so she goes right to nap or bedtime depending on when you are exercising.
Go to the Zoo
This is a fun activity for kids as they enjoy seeing the animals, but it also involves a lot of walking.
It is also a good idea because it doesn’t feel like structured exercising which is a definite plus when you are struggling to find motivation.
Finding the right time to exercise is key to actually exercising.
I have found that when it comes to working out, sometimes it is just easier when the kids are asleep.
If this is you, wake up early or work out when they are sleeping/napping. Just remember, that this is an important part to losing the baby weight.
Change Your Diet
Another tip for losing the baby weight is diet changes. Whether you are breastfeeding or not, you still need to change your diet.
You are no longer pregnant, so the amount of calories you need is lower.
That being said, you have also lost your excuse, “eating for two”.
This was my biggest problem that followed me into post-partum.
Also, remember to feed yourself.
As a mom, I know how easy it is to skip meals, or grab an unhealthy snack instead of sitting down and eating a meal.
If you still can’t find the time to sit down, prepare some healthy snacks in advance so you don’t just grab the bag of chips.
A few ideas for snacks could be baby carrots, a homemade trailmix, bananas, or even some fresh strawberries.
Set Attainable Goals
The next tip for losing baby weight is to set goals.
It’s hard to work at a goal that you haven’t set for yourself, or worse yet a goal that is too unrealistic.
Make a list of goals that you can achieve in a week, a month, 3 months, and 6 months.
This way, you can see what you are accomplishing while also knowing what long-term goals you would like to strive to reach.
Rewards are the next way to help in losing baby weight. (Yay!)
When you have reached a goal, reward yourself. Here’s the deal: rewards are beyond helpful. It gives you an incentive to keep working on those goals.
Here are a few ideas for rewards:
A new workout outfit
What better motivation to keep working out than a cute new pair of yoga pants and a tank!
A new outfit for whenever
The same basic theory applies in that it helps motivate you to work out. Besides, who doesn’t love shopping for new clothes when you lost weight.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Just remember not to go overboard.
The main idea here is to splurge on something for you. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just something to help keep you motivated.
Another seemingly effortless way for losing baby weight is to wear your baby in a baby sling or carrier.
This will certainly help you melt those extra pounds off. Not only that, it also gives you time to snuggle and bond with your baby.
Now that you know these tips for losing baby weight, get out there and prove to yourself you can do it.
Thank you for reading this. I hope it gives you all some inspiration or at the very least some helpful tips to get you to your goal weight.
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