Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Drop your Pregnancy Weight

Many women have trouble losing their pregnancy pounds. Some think that right after the baby is born the pregnancy pounds will all go away. For some women it works that way and they only gain the pregnancy pounds in their tummy and lose it right away to be right back to their skinny selves. But for a lot of us women we gained weight all over.

One thing to realize is losing the weight will not happen overnight. It took nine months to gain the weight so it will take some time to lose it.
Consider breast feeding. This burns several calories a day plus it produces a hormone called prolactin which helps to shrink your uterus back to normal size faster. I know when I breast fed my first two babies. I would get so thirsty and hungry. I knew my calories where burning. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and choose healthy snacks.
Take your baby for walks. This will be a great way to get outside and burn calories. You can also join or start a mommy / walking group. Where a group of new moms get together to walk the babies and get some excersise and adult interaction.
Choose your meals wisely. Make sure you eat healthy and watch your calories. If you eat more veggies, fruits and whole grains you will feel full quicker and longer. Start your morning out with a whole grain cereal and fruit. Keep veggies on hand for snacks. Do not skip meals. Just choose healthy options. Stop eating when you feel full.
Do not deprive yourself. I am a big fan of eating what you want. If you want to eat a cookie eat it. But do not eat to many. Watch your calories and portions. If you deprive yourself of your favorite foods, especially while dieting then you want to over indulge when you get a chance to eat it.
Drink plenty of water. Sometimes when we feel hungry we are actually thirsty. When you feel hungry drink some water first and see if you are still hungry. Water also helps to flush the toxins out of your body and help you stay hydrated.
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