Follow these helpful tips on how to lose weight properly post-baby.
You’ve just welcomed a healthy baby into the world, and while much of your focus has turned to this new little person in your life you still want to take time to make sure you get the care you deserve. One of the million dollar questions Drs. Dori Kasparek, Supriya Rao and LaQuita Martinez are often asked is how to lose weight after pregnancy. After all, your body has undergone a lot of changes, and now you are ready to get your pre-baby weight back.
Don’t turn to diets
This might seem like the first thing you want to do to lose weight, but trust us, avoiding your favorite foods while also feeling stressed out about your new duties as a mom could actually cause you to gain more weight. So nix those diet fads altogether and opt for a nutritious, balanced meal full of lean proteins, fibrous vegetables and fruits, and whole grains.
We also don’t recommend reducing your caloric intact below 1,800 calories, particularly if you are breastfeeding. If you have questions about how to maintain a healthy diet, don’t hesitate to turn to your OBGYN in Alpharetta, GA.
Choose nutrient-packed foods
As a new mom you want to feed your body nourishing foods that will keep you feeling satisfied and energized. Turn to “super foods” like fish, which contain an omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA. DHA is most frequently found in salmon, sardines and canned tuna.
Besides adding more fish to your diet, low-fat milk and yogurt are also great sources of calcium, which can help you maintain strong bones. And for good sources of protein and fiber stick to beans or lean meats like chicken, which are also low in fat. If you're concerned about how to nourish your body after giving birth, talk to your Alpharetta OBGYN.
While some studies do suggest that breastfeeding can help you return to your pre-baby weight faster, these results are still inconclusive. We do know that breastfeeding is a great way to provide the proper nutrients your little one needs, and it allows mom an extra 300 calories a day. Just make sure to make wise food choices when it comes to using those 300 extra calories.
Drinking enough water not only nixes cravings, but could possibly speed up your metabolism. One easy way to determine how much water you need each day is to drink half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh.
This is an important time for both you and your newborn. Turn to Complete Women’s Healthcare to address all your health concerns. We are here for you!