January 15, 2010
If you are pregnant or just had a baby, here are three great tips to get rid of the extra weight gained during your pregnancy:
First, breastfeeding your baby is a great way to start shedding those extra pounds you gained during the pregnancy. Breastfeeding do not make you gain weight, you actually burn calories while you are nursing. The stored fat accumulated during your pregnancy is there to provide the extra calories needed to produce the milk.
Second, Kegel exercise is a great place to start preparing your body to getting back in shape. Kegel exercises consist of making the vaginal walls contract. This will help to strengthen the pelvic muscles, which will help to control your bladder. Kegel exercises can be done anywhere and at anytime. Walking and doing light household chores while the baby is sleeping, helps to raise the metabolism. Postnatal exercises should include crunches to help tone your stomach. Crunches is laying on your back, bringing your knees slightly up and your feet flat on the floor, with your arms crossed on your chest, hold your stomach in and forcing your back on the floor, you will raise your head and shoulders off the ground toward your thighs. Lunges will help to tone your thighs, inner legs and your glutes. Lunges is standing upright and step forward with one foot. Lower your back leg down towards the floor and avoid leaning forward. Hold this position for five seconds and switch to the other foot.
- Third, light snacking during breakfast, lunch, and dinner should be healthy. Pre-cut or pre-packaged vegetables, such as carrots or celery, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. can be a great snack food to sustain your appetite until the next meal. Try a low-carb meal replacement drink/smoothie instead of lunch for a couple days a week.
Combining these tips and you will be on your way back to your pre-pregnancy weight.