Gaining weight is a normal part of pregnancy. A lot of women take pregnancy as an opportunity to eat what they want and not worry so much about their weight. However, once baby is out and into the world, women start to panic and desire losing pregnancy weight fast!
This can be difficult. We have gotten so used to eating a lot more during pregnancy and going back to normal amounts of food can be difficult. It doesn't help when you see celebrity moms back into shape a week after giving birth; making you feel like you should be able to lose your extra pounds just as fast and just as easily.
You don't feel like you can exercise either - you have been so used to waddling along slowly and feeling exhausted, that now with the sudden weight loss of baby you feel lighter but not really up to the challenge. So how can one tackle this? What are the best ways to lose pregnancy weight fast?
Well of course you need to look at what you are eating. Your diet is a crucial part in losing pregnancy weight fast and can be the one thing that prevents you from doing so. Unlike celebrities who have lots of money to pay nutritionists and cooks to make up their daily meals, we have to tackle this relatively on our own. The good news is there are some great diet programs out there that offer meal plans so you don't have to think too much about what you are eating. I used a diet program and this is the number one thing that helped me lose my weight quickly. The plan I used had simple meal ideas and was just easy to add to my life. I think this is extremely important when making healthy diet choices. You need a plan that is simple and easy to follow, so you don't have to worry about it while you are looking after your new bundle of joy. Sorting your diet out and looking after a baby would be too much of a challenge for me, so a diet program worked wonders.
Exercise is also an important factor in losing pregnancy weight fast. You should take this slow though. Start with going for walks everyday - fresh air is good for you and your new baby. You could even use a sling to carry your baby for resistance. You should do what you feel up to and not push yourself too hard. You have just had a baby and your body can take a good while to properly recover. So take it slowly and then incorporate new things as you go along. Make sure what you add in will be enjoyable so it is easier to stick to. I love running and this is what I stuck to as a result. I also enjoy bike rides too, with my son and husband. For toning you could do some Pilates or yoga or have free weights at home. I wouldn't recommend joining a gym, unless you think you will enjoy it. To me the gym is very boring - when I run I get to be surrounded by beautiful scenery not four walls and TVs.
Enjoying the process of losing your weight is also important. It essentially can make or break your ability to lose weight and keep it off. If you don't enjoy the food you are eating or the exercise you are doing, you are more likely to quit or give up. You may end up doing the 2, not enjoying it and reaching your weight loss goal, but as soon as that goal hits you are very likely to quit and end up putting back on the weight you lost. All your hard work and motivation sticking to a boring diet and exercise program wasted!
Lastly, we all slip up. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Embrace your slip up and learn from it. If you beat yourself up you will only make matters worse, and slipping up isn't really that big of a deal - so try to think of it that way and you will be less likely to completely fall of the band wagon so to speak!