Tips for losing the baby weight quicker.
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Itsamystery - posted on 03/17/2009
Just to clarify a bit, you can go into 'starvation mode' whilst exclusively breastfeeding without actually starving yourself. Normal diets usually recommend around 1200-1500 calories to lose 1-2 pounds a week. 1200 calories is enough to support most people's basic metabolic functions, but if you go on a normal 1200 or even 1500 calorie diet when you're exclusively nursing your body wont be getting enough energy to support it's basic activities (digestion, respiration and producing milk), and your metabolism will slow down (which is why milk supply can drop if you don't eat enough). Some mums go on a normal diet, not realising that it's the worst thing you can do to lose weight while nursing.
Danielle - posted on 03/17/2009
Thanks, very good tips. No, I never starve myself. I know better than that. I make sure to eat alot because I remember with being pregnant that the baby eats first so basically the same with breastfeeding. I have the wii fit so I go on that when the weather is too cold but I try to go for walks when I can
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Itsamystery - posted on 03/17/2009
Don't cut your calories down too far. According to the nutritionists at babyfit.com you can put your body into starvation mode if you don't eat enough while you're breastfeeding. In starvation mode your metabolism slows right down, so even though you're not eating much, you're not burning much either. They recommend not to go below 1800 cals per day if exclusively breastfeeding.
So I'd say eat around 1800-2000 cals per day, throw in a few cardio workouts every week and you should lose 1-3 pounds (1-1.5kgs) per week. Remember slow and steady wins the race :)
Jo - posted on 03/17/2009
I found by walking baby every day - even if its just for 10-15 mins, helped also, jogging up and down your stairs to get things rather than walking. All these things are free and helped me when I lost my weight with my 2 year old son and my baby who is nearly 3 months but your doing the best exercise - breast feeding. x
Jess - posted on 03/14/2009
Eat a healthy nutritious diet with lots of water, fresh fruits, veggies and protein.
Cardio workouts at least 3 times a week for 20-60 minutes. It can be a walk/jog outside with the baby, home workout videos, or joining a gym. If you are not a member of a gym, find one with flexible childcare hours. My daughter has been going to the gym with me since she was 3 months old. Cardio workouts are the most direct way to burn fats.
Breast-feeding is also helpful especially if it is exclusive after 4 months.
How many more pounds do you have before you get back to pre-baby weight? And do you work or stay at home? It's actually been easier for me to lose the weight because I work full time in retail. I work an 8-10 hour day on my feet unless I'm having lunch or pumping. It makes a lot of other things much more difficult but the weight seems to slowly come off week by week so long as I eat healthy meals and don't head for mcdonalds. Blech. If you're home with baby exercise with with her. Go for walks or jogs if you have a jogging stroller, use her as a weight to lift her, do situps when she's on your tummy. It's all about eating healthy and exercising. I bought the What To Eat When You're Expecting book in my early pregnancy and they have a lot of tips for post partum diet as well. And some yummie recipees that I tried in the back. I personally can't wait for the spring so I can get outside with the three of my kids and enjoy the fresh air! My baby is about 4 months and I've got two more pants sizes to shrink. I figure by 6 months I should almost be back to normal. Definitely by a year.
Morag - posted on 03/14/2009
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mo... is a great link with regards to loosing weight when breastfeeding. The main thing though is don't do it too quickly. Remember it took you 9 month to gain the weight and you are still nourishing your baby :)
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