Many celeb mums seem to lose their baby weight within just a few weeks following the birth of their baby, which can prompt other mums to feel a little inadequate – which is CRAZY – and of course the media parade the pictures of the celebrities everywhere and it can become annoying and overwhelming.
But the celebrities are not someone to compare your self too and you should only even think about losing any pregnancy weight when you feel 100% ready to do so – both physically and emotionally.
Losing weight and how a person feels about their body are both very personal topics and the goals of every new mum will differ widely from person to person.
Generally, weight loss goals for new mums differ massively – some mums might want to get back to a size 8, whilst others will be happy at a 16 and others will just want to tone up after having a baby and most mums just want to be able to get back into their pre pregnancy clothes.
One thing to remember when it comes to losing your baby weight is that it should be about you – when you want to lose the weight – not when someone else tells you. Your weight loss should be about wanting to be healthy and happy, not because you feel pressured to do so
When you start to lose your baby weight should be a personal decision for you. Some women want to start losing weight a month or two after the birth. That’s fine – you can start losing the weight whenever provided that you have the okay from your doctor to go into a new diet and exercise regime. Some women wait for up to 12-24 months to start losing the weight, and that’s fine too. You can start losing the weight when you and your baby are ready.
After you’ve given birth, the most important thing to remember is to enjoy that time with your baby – bond with them, play with them and get to know them. Learn how to start juggling all of the things that a new mother does and come to term with your hormones – and the lack of sleep – before you try to lose weight. If you start dieting straight away, you may leave yourself feeling overly stressed, which is not good for a new mum.
If you do feel like you’re ready to lose the baby weight, and your doctor says that it’s okay, you can start a healthy eating plan. Be sure to include foods that contain plenty of nutrients, such as a wide range of fruit and vegetables, and foods that will give you energy and keep you going, such as complex carbohydrates.
Whilst breastfeeding, don’t cut the calorie intake too much as you need plenty of calories to produce milk. Combine the healthy eating plan with gentle exercise and the baby weight will come off – it will just take a little time. It is important to work out your BMR so you know how many calories your specific body needs and if you are breastfeeding add on an extra 500 calories too.
And of course if you are breastfeeding your baby and want to lose weight – you need to do it in a safe and healthy way. And that means not following any weight loss program that severely restricts your calorie intake , or cuts out food groups, or contain weight loss accelerants, caffeine or artificial ingredients.
But following a healthy eating plan – such as The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a good way to lose weight and ensure you are getting a wide range of nutrients.