After a baby, many of us are so preoccupied taking care of our little one that we hardly have time to think about losing weight and regaining our original form. However, it might surprise you how easy it is to do and how much doing so will benefit your baby. While there are countless, proven methods of losing weight post-birth, below are 5 that not only help you lose weight, but increase the physical and mental health of your baby.
It may sound cliche' and we have all heard it a million times, but the fact of the matter is, what we put in our bodies directly effects our post-birth weight. More importantly, what we eat is eventually consumed by our babies. There are a few foods that are just essential, foods you might not eat ordinarily.
Salmon helps develop your child's nervous system.
Dairy product, though it seems intuitive, provide your child with all 20 amino acids
Eggs are the only food source -- aside from dairy -- that provide you and your baby with all 20 amino acids
Lean beef provides you and your baby with iron and you with B12, an excellent energy booster
Spinach is full of iron, zinc and other minerals in addition to having high quantities of niacin.
Brown rice provides healthy carbohydrates you need and does not have any of the empty calories you do not.
While it can be difficult to do so while lactating, there are few exercises that increase your metabolism and release endorphins as quickly or for as long as walking, jogging, and running. The reason being: they exercise the largest muscle group in your body.
If spinach is the best food for pregnant and post-birth mothers, swimming is the exercise equivalent of spinach. Swimming exercises every muscle group in your body from those at the base of your head down to your toes. Additionally, swimming can help get your hips back into proper position after the labor of carrying a child for nine months.
Snacking on fruits gives your child all the vitamins and nutrients you want for your new-born, but they also help keep you full. That means you are not required to eat processed foods in order to keep from being edgy. More importantly, you are recharging your body with the vitamins and nutrients you body starves itself of when making certain your baby has all the essentials required.
Sit-ups have gotten a bad rap in recent years because people constantly point out that there are no exercises that burn fat in specific areas because a person's body does not burn the fat around the muscles being exercised, it burns reserves all over the body. But, with respect to women who recently gave birth, sit-ups are excellent. Not only do sit-ups burn fat -- though not necessarily on the stomach, -- they tighten and firm the stomach muscles which means flattening the muscles that carrying a child stretched.