If it’s been a few months since you gave birth but the baby weight refuses to budge, don’t stress about it. Stressing about it is the worst thing you can do because stress leads to the body releasing cortisol, which leads to belly fat! So, to avoid this, I would try the following things to get rid of the weight gradually. If you are breastfeeding or you haven’t exercised for a while, check with your GP before you make any changes to your diet or exercise regime.
Don’t eat for two
This may be too late for you, if you have baby weight to shift but I find the most effective way of getting rid of baby weight is not to put on too much weight in the first place. Midwives are good at monitoring this nowadays, so you should be made aware that you don’t have to eat for two, like women were told a few decades ago. Make sure you eat enough, especially in the third trimester when you will need to eat more than usual, but the first 6 months, you should be able to eat like you used to do before you were pregnant (you will still need to cut out some things such as cream cheese and alcohol etc) in terms of portion size.
Take lots of walks
Walking is the best exercise you can do. You can do it with your baby and it gets you both out in the fresh air. Pushing the pram and lifting it up and down off the kerbs can help tone your arm muscles as well.
Eat plenty of these:
- Nuts and seeds
- Brown bread
- Wholemeal pasta
- Brown rice
- Sweet potatoes
- Fish (all types especially oily)
- Stir fries with fresh or frozen vegetables. (Make sure the sauce doesn’t contain too much sugar)
- Steak or lean mince beef
- Raw food bars such as NAKD bars
Cut down on these:
- Salted or roasted nuts
- Processed and ready meals
- Pies and pastries
I know the things on the cut down list are the nicest things but if you want to shift the baby weight cutting down or avoiding some of these things, will make a huge difference. I would wait until you’ve finished breast feeding, but once you have finished, cutting out dairy and sugar will make the biggest difference. Especially if you do more walking and then gradually add in some HITT workout routines.
You need to remember that your body has been through a lot the past couple of years and your baby is the most important thing to focus on. Having said this, I know how horrible I feel when I’m carrying a few extra pounds so, as soon as you feel ready, try taking some of the advice in this post, making sure you’ve consulted your GP first and you should start to see some gradual changes.
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