You've spent nine months eating for two, and now that your baby is here, you are ready to shed the pounds. Even though celeb moms such as Kim Kardashian and Gisele Bundchen were bikini-ready in the blink of an eye, women who don't have an army of personal trainers and nutritionists can quickly lose baby weight too.
Don't wait until the day your baby is born to think about losing
weight. Understanding how many pounds you should gain over the course of your
pregnancy can better help you to lose the weight after giving birth. Gaining
too much weight may make it more of a challenge to take off the pounds. Your
pre-pregnancy weight dictates how much you should gain.
Slow and Steady
Even if you're itching to get back into your favorite
pre-pregnancy jeans right away, it's unlikely that you'll lose the baby weight
immediately. While crash diets might seem tempting, you need to create a plan
that includes gradually shedding the pounds, according to the U.S. Office on
Women's Health. Take your post-birth diet slowly, giving yourself months to get
back to -- or close to -- your former weight. Doing so may even help you to
keep the weight off, instead of rapidly losing a few pounds only to gain them
The U.S. Office on Women's Health's suggests dialing down the
"extra" foods and beverages you are eating. Opting for fat-free or
no-sugar-added foods can hep you to decrease your daily calorie intake,
according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ChooseMyPlate.gov. Avoiding
alcohol -- which is also an "extra" when it comes to your daily diet --
can also help.
Swap out tan or beige foods such as crackers and chips for
fiber-rich fruits and veggies. For example, instead of eating a handful of
chips at lunch, have a salad with sliced strawberries on it. High fiber foods
are low in fat and calories, and take longer to digest, Aside from being high
in fiber, fruits and vegetables also contain water, which help keep you
hydrated. Keeping hydrated can stave off hunger and help you eat less.