Top Weight Loss Secret After Pregnancy: Don’t Diet

by WLCFW on June 5, 2013

weight loss after pregnancy secret

Your beautiful new baby has been born and all you can think about at the moment is when he should be fed, why he is crying, and when you’ll ever feel like you’ve had a good night sleep again. Those extra pounds that built up throughout your pregnancy are nagging at you, but it’s tough to try to have the drive to diet or the energy to exercise.

The good news is that you don’t have to!

If you started out at a healthy weight and you gained between 25 to 35 pounds during your pregnancy – the amount that was likely recommended by your doctor – then the extra pounds that are still hanging around after you gave birth will naturally eliminate themselves in two or three as long as you eat right and remain active. You don’t have to diet and you don’t have to join an exercise boot camp (which is good news because you’re likely still healing and you won’t have the energy for it, anyway).

On the other hand, if you were already overweight before your pregnancy and/or you gained a larger amount of weight than was recommended by your doctor, it could take more time to shed the extra pounds. If you don’t take action to eliminate the baby weight within the first year, it could end up sticking around for some time and increases your risk of being overweight or obese 15 to 20 years later in your life. Does this mean you need to diet? The answer is still “no”.

The trick is to make sure that you take good care of yourself. Eat lots of healthy super foods, keep yourself very hydrated by sipping water all day long. Remain active by heading out for a walk each day and practicing yoga or Pilates.

You may be driven to look like your old self again – or have hopes of looking even better – but the most important goals that you can set for yourself are to be patient and healthy. You may have watched your favorite celebrity hop straight from the delivery room hospital gown to a size 0 dress, but that might not have been accomplished in a healthy way. Strict dieting could lead to repercussions later on as it places demands on the body before it is ready for it.

In fact, going on an actual diet after you’ve given birth could end up working against your weight reduction goals. You are already physically and emotionally stressed from undergoing a considerable change in your body and a tremendous change in your life and your lifestyle. Depriving yourself of too much food and forcing yourself to take on activities that are physically difficult and that you don’t enjoy can lead you to gain weight in the long run.

Weight loss after pregnancy is a gradual effort. After all, it took nine months to build up, you shouldn’t expect it to simply drop off once you’re holding the baby in your arms. By making health your main focus, instead of weight loss, you’ll take better care of yourself and you’ll find that the extra pounds will take care of themselves.

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