It is to be expected after pregnancy that your body will have some left-over fat, and while most new mothers want to get rid of unwanted fat and cellulite as soon as possible, this can be easier said than done, this can be easier said than done.
A newborn baby ends up taking so much time and attention that the last thing you may feel like you have room for in your schedule is a diet and exercise routine to lose weight. However, as you will see, the added time pressure will not prevent you from getting rid of the extra pounds as long as you do it right and have the right mindset. Below are three easy tips that you can start using right away to begin losing post-pregnancy pounds:
1. Avoid junk food: Cravings can be difficult to avoid, especially if you are under stress and not getting enough sleep, but this one step is one of the most crucial things you can do to start losing weight and avoid putting any more on. Not only does junk food prevent you from losing weight, but it can sap your energy levels, clog your digestive system, and introduce toxins into your body that are difficult to get rid of.
At the same time, you do not have to starve yourself – small, frequent meals are better for you anyway, so you need not go any more than three hours or so without food. Just make sure that you are making good nutritional choices like lean protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber, and avoiding sugar and refined carbs.
2. Work out: Keep in mind that "working out" does not necessarily mean you have to plan trips to the gym or buy expensive exercise equipment. Instead, you can simply try to take a 20 to 30-minute jog four or five days a week, whenever you find time. Even three times a week will give you a lot of benefits. When combined with a healthy diet, simple jogging will give you visible results in a matter of weeks, and you will begin to find yourself more energetic and better able to face the challenges of the day.
3. Maintaining a positive outlook: Having a positive attitude can be the difference between success and failure if you are trying to lose weight, a goal that takes more will-power than just about anything else for most people. If you can find ways of staying motivated, it will help your progress. Try keeping a weight-loss journal with a pre-pregnancy picture of yourself and track your progress by weighing yourself and taking a progress photograph weekly (or maybe once every two weeks in the very beginning). As you begin to see visible results, you will feel good about continuing.
If you follow these three basic steps, you will achieve the fat-loss results you are looking for in less time than you think.