How to Lose Weight after Pregnancy

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How to Lose Weight after Pregnancy

The pitter patter of little feet approaches and a would be mother is given the most wonderful gift of her lifetime – A healthy baby!!!!!! Soon a mother is involved in looking after the baby and more often than not health, exercise and nutrition gets pushed to the back burner.

Being busy and having too little time is often cited as the reason to not exercise and most often women don’t end up losing the last 10 kgs that they gained during pregnancy. I have also battled the same demons but after clearance from my doctor I embarked on a planned nutrition and exercise regimen which helped me shed the pounds. A word of caution – Consult your doctor at your 6 week checkup before embarking on a weight loss regimen as dieting may affect your milk supply

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Here are the Few Tips for How to Lose Weight after Pregnancy.

1. A Balanced Approach to Diet & Nutrition:

A feeding mother burns 500 calories every day during feeding and we have been indoctrinated to consume more food for energy but eating heavy food is detrimental to your health. Also, the 500 calories should be consumed in fiber rich and green leafy foods rather than sweets.

a. Ensure frequent snacks so that you don’t indulge in mindless grazing. Try fruit and yoghurt based smoothies , vegetable bhel puri , roasted vegetables. Indulge in water based fruits which are low in calories but high in fiber like apples, oranges and berries.

b. Start breakfast with protein rich and fiber rich foods like oats, cracked wheat, fortified cereals, lentil salads etc.

c. Include iron rich foods like kale chane ka soup, spinach etc.

d. Try fermented products which aid digestion and avoid bloating like idli, dosa.

e. Avoid processed foods and snacks especially store brought juices, carbs like pasta and white bread.

f. Ensure adequate intake of calcium rich snacks like milk, cottage cheese and yoghurt.

g. Use a calorie counting app like calorie counter. Spark people can be used as a food diary and has forums and recipes to help you stick to your healthy eating lifestyle. Using a food diary will help you monitor your food intake.

h. Don’t attempt a crash diet – Losing more than a pound a week is a warning sign.

i. Desi dieter has sample weight loss plans which a good place to start and it caters to the Indian segment.

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2. Exercise Regimen:

Exercise may be started after the go-ahead from your doctor .You may not have the time to attend a gym but you can purchase a DVD or watch any video’s on YouTube.

a. Befit Chanel on you tube has many exercise programs broken up into 10 minute segments and everyone can spare 10 minutes.

b. Apps like noom weight loss( android )include easy and free videos and support to lose weight.

c. Dance – Dance never feels like exercise so try zumba or even free style zumba. Better yet dance for your most captive audiences – your baby.

d. Invest in Dumbbells – A cardio plus strength training program is the best way to lose weight.

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3. Find a Workout Buddy:

If you feel demotivated then ask your buddy to join in or even your husband. Research shows that people tend to stick to exercise programs with company .You will be held accountable if another person is involved .Also , exercise will help you bond with your hubby –he will surely appreciate your weight loss.

You can follow these tips and remember you can tweak any exercise and diet plans to suit you.

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