How Can I Achieve Weight Loss After Weaning?
It is important that you gain weight while you are pregnant. Ample nutrition is just as important while you are breastfeeding. So when it’s time to stop, weight loss after weaning is often a concern for many moms.
Weight loss is different for every woman. Some claim to quickly shed off the pounds while breastfeeding. For some, they only achieve weight loss after weaning.
There is no magic bullet when it comes to shedding the weight gain, especially when you’ve given birth. However, there are techniques that have worked for many women and are backed by science. This article shows you steps you can make to help you achieve weight loss after weaning.
Set A Measurable And Realistic Weight Loss Goal
- Good example: Lose 4 pounds by December 31, 2017
- Bad example: Become lighter
Studies show that people who write down their goals have 80% more chance of achieving them. Write your goal and the reason for that goal. It is easier to stick to your weight loss plan if you have a compelling reason behind it.
Modify Your Environment To Achieve Your Plan
You cannot rely on willpower alone. Your willpower is limited and you will be left overwhelmed when you always try to exhaust it. Instead, change your environment so you don’t always have to practice self-control.
Instead of battling if you have to eat that junk food or not, keep your home free from junk food. Minimize going to parties.
Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods are full of artificial ingredients that are culprits for weight gain. They are loaded with calories with minimal or no beneficial nutrients to offer.
Manufactured foods also don’t have fiber so they won’t keep you satisfied. As a result, you end up eating more. They are also filled with sugar and salt, both contributing to your weight gain.
Fast food is a major villain of processed foods. Try your best to eat more home-cooked meals or look for restaurants offering fresh courses.
Make Exercise A Part Of Your Lifestyle
As a mom, you may find it difficult to schedule a workout routine. What you can do is to incorporate as much movement as possible into your day.
You can play with your children instead of just watching her play. You can have 10 minutes of jumping jacks while cooking or watching TV. According to New York Times, even 7 minutes of daily intense workout can do wonders for your health.
Eat More Protein
Protein is a friend to those who want to lose weight. It has hunger-fighting hormone so it keeps you full longer unlike carbohydrates. It also increases energy levels so you feel more vitality so you can exercise longer.
Good sources of protein include soybeans, fish, beef, and eggs. Choose the lean cuts of meat and avoid fried meats. Go for boiled or steamed recipes instead.
Stop Emotional Eating
You tend to eat more when you are stressed. Many people find comfort in chocolates, cakes, and ice cream. To fight stress from wrecking your weight loss journey, find ways to manage and avoid stress.
Instead of binging when you’re sad, angry, or frustrated, you can run, go for a massage or talk to a friend instead. Find a support group or community to help you cope with motherhood.
It’s easy to feel frustrated about postpartum weight loss, especially if you always see skinny celebrity moms. Be careful not to compare yourself to them because you don’t know what they’ve been through to achieve their body.
Just focus on your own journey and apply the tips above. Are you having difficulty losing weight after weaning? Let me know what you think in the comment section!