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I must Lose My Baby Weight

Posted Aug 19 2010 8:56am

Almost every new mum has the same response whenever she steps on the weighing machine initially after giving birth: Utter horror followed by deep disappointment. New Mom's first worry usually is "How can I lose weight following my pregnancy?"

Lots of women develop the wrong impression that when they've given birth, they will drop back to their pre-baby size within a brief time. The difficulty is this image is far from the realism of how a woman's body functions.

For illustration, if Mom had a lot of IV fluids during labour, it's likely that her body is retaining this liquid. Nobody knows why is this this happens; it's almost as if the body says: "Whoa I'm going through a massive ordeal now. Better hold onto this water, just in case things go wrong."

The fortunate news about fluid retention is that it simply lasts for a few weeks. It possibly will move on even quicker if Mother is ready to start exercising, which induces perspiration and drinks lots and we do mean LOTS water to help the kidney to function better. (Yes, Mother may have to demand bathroom more often but she must be used to that following the final months of her pregnancy).

So what about the rest of the baby fat? Try several of these proven techniques:

* Dump the fizzy pop, together with diet soda. Extensive inquiries which is prepared shows that i enjoy, diet pop makes a person keep body fat. Instead, drink lots of hose or flavoured hose with the goal of has rebuff calories and is low in sodium.

* Ditch the chips and other trash food and switch them with low-salt, low-butter popcorn, fruit, whole-grain crackers and nuts.

* Ditch the refined flour. Choose whole-grain pasta and bread a real.

* Pick skinless, boneless chicken, salmon, lean beef and white fish for protein. Avoid fish that may well have high mercury counts such as tuna, especially in case you are breastfeeding.

* Speaking of breastfeeding, there's great news here, too: Breastfeeding is not just great for your baby; it's useful to you as well. The uterine contractions that you step from breastfeeding get you back in condition quicker, while feeding the baby can take up 550 calories of your fat reserves each day.

* Keep healthy treats handy such as raisins, popcorn, wheat crackers, and nuts.

* Learn label language: Nonfat or no-sugar-added doesn't mean "no calories." Absolutely free products are made with hydrogenated vegetable oils the "bad fat" and high fructose corn syrup, loaded with sugar. Be cautious about these on all food labels and if you see them, place the item back on the shelf.

* Wave bye-bye to fast food meals unless it's a salad with low-calorie dressing.

* Get going around you can. Start by tucking baby into a snuggle sling and going out for a 10-minute stroll around the neighborhood. Next, put the baby in a buggy or infant jogger and gradually increase your walking to 20 minutes everyday. It's even better if each of you walk with Grandma, Auntie or a good friend. And make the new dad off the couch as well; he's probably gained handful of pregnancy pounds, too.

If the body fat seems to come off gradually, remember this: It took nine months to wear it and goes to take some time to take it off. Play the role of patient but persistent and you may be fit and slim quicker than you expect.

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