Losing weight has always been the most-discussed topic worldwide, especially by women after pregnancy. Changes through which the metabolism has passed during pregnancy and after birth are huge and they reflect on your body weight. Traditional ways to lose weight are not as effective as you might think at first and may even have the opposite effect. Try our best ways to lose weight after pregnancy, which is effective to help you losing weight quickly.
Natural methods to lose weight after pregnancy
Avoid a ‘classic’ diet
No matter on which concept is the diet based, a diet that restricts caloric intake is a wrong choice after giving birth. The metabolism has gone through significant changes and calorie deficit will not work as well. On the contrary, a low-calorie diet may even slow down more the metabolism, causing weight gain.
Opt for breastfeeding
If you breastfeed your baby naturally, try to enjoy doing this activity with your newborn. Breastfeeding consumes more calories than you’d imagine.
It is, however, important to continue to eat healthy foods in order to have the needed energy for daily feeding.
If you lose more than 1 kg per week, then the milk quality may be affected.
Help your body going through this hard period with as much water as you can. Proper hydration is very important as it can have an effect of accelerating the metabolism after giving birth.
Exercise without separating from your baby
You want to make some sportive activity but to stay close to your baby?
As a new mother, the easiest way to do exercise is to take long-on-foot walks with your baby.
You can also do few more demanding exercises, alongside with your baby. Yoga and aerobics can be done at home while your baby is taking a nap. There are also special gyms that accept mothers with newborns, so there are solutions to keep yourself in shape without ignoring your baby.
In the first weeks of your newborn life, try to sleep when he sleeps, and once you regulated your newborn’s sleep rhythm, try to sleep at least 7 hours.
The less you sleep, the more stress-associated hormones are produced by your body.
These hormones destroy your will to abstain from certain culinary temptations, but also affects the metabolism, causing weight gain.
Take Omega 3 from foods or dietary supplements
The fish should not be missing from your after-birth diet! Salmon, sardines, and tuna have the highest content of Omega 3 fatty acids, but any cold water fish is a good recommendation.
You can intake the necessary of Omega 3 from dietary supplements but be cautious and read the prescript to be sure is not affecting the breastfeeding.
Find at least 10 minutes every day and do something that makes you pleasure, which is not linked to the baby.
If you can truly relax even for a few moments, you will fight hormones produced by stress and fatigue, which are known to create metabolic disorders that will lead to cravings and, obviously to gaining weight.
Weight loss supplements to lose weight after pregnancy
There are dozens of weight loss supplements on the market, especially online, but keep in mind that most of them are made of ingredients that are not good during breastfeeding because they can pass to your newborn through your milk.
If you’re breastfeeding, avoid supplements that contain caffeine, capsicine, guarana and other energizing substances. Also totally avoid weight loss supplements that are 100% chemical, because they might contain pseudo-amphetamines which will harm you and your baby, and besides, they create addiction.
If you’re not breastfeeding, then you can use any weight loss supplement that is made of naturally extracted substances. The best substances that help to lose weight are:
- Caffeine: great energy booster, appetite suppressor, and diuretic (it eliminates the fluids retained in tissues)
- Piper extract: fast fats burning properties
- Capsicine: the active chemical compound in Peppers and Spicy Peppers helps in burning fats process and it is a great metabolic accelerator
- L-Carnitine: converts stored body fats into energy
- Calcium: maintains a healthy body weight
- Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): a fatty acid has proven to work as a weight loss supplement especially when few sportive activities are done; it accelerates the metabolism, and it transforms fats into muscular mass
- Chromium: suppresses cravings for carbs and sugar
- Guarana: suppresses appetite, accelerate the metabolism, and energizes