Want to lose pregnancy weight but have no time to hit the gym? Worry not, moms, try these instead!
After you welcome your little one, pretty much all of your energy becomes focused on caring for her. Me time becomes a thing of the past, at least for the first few weeks of motherhood, and you barely have time to pamper yourself, let alone hit the gym to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape.
But did you know there are ways to shed those pounds without much effort? Here’s some easy pregnancy weight loss hacks!
It’s no secret that breastfeeding has a wealth of benefits for moms and babies! It also helps you burn up to 850 calories, which would take several hours of cardio on a treadmill to burn. But it’s important to remember that this has a downside, as breastfeeding tends to make you hungrier! Self-control is necessary, but make sure you’re not depriving yourself of important nutrients and vitamins.
2. Wear your little one
Imagine carrying a ball of weights around your body as you go about your day. Babywearing has the same effect! It strengthens your lower body and improves balance. Doing quick, 10-minute rounds of lunges and squats while babywearing are also an effective way to trim down while giving your baby a fun ride!
3. Lift actual weights
Lifting actual weights could also do the trick. Don’t have dumbbells at home? 1-2 liter mineral water bottles could be just as effective.
Yes, you read that right. Catching some shut-eye in the middle of the day, while your baby naps, will do wonders in resetting and boosting your metabolism. It doesn’t have to take hours, just 15-20 minute naps will work wonders.
5. Take a walk!
Pushing around your baby in a stroller counts as exercise, we promise! Breathe deeply and try to load up the stroller’s compartments to increase resistance when you push it around.
Not only does drinking lots of water help cleanse your body, it also ups your metabolism. Best of all, it helps keep unwanted postpartum cravings at bay! Make sure to always have a water bottle handy.
7. Stay away from crash dieting
Don’t be impulsive when it comes to trying extreme diets, especially if you’re breastfeeding. If you go for drastic diets, the tendency is that you’ll feel deprived and end up bingeing to overcompensate.
But it’s important to love your mommy body, with all the stretch marks and saggy bits! What’s important is feeling confident in your skin and to stay healthy, so you can give your little one the best care as she grows!
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