Tuesday, July 8, 2014

8 Easy and Everyday Ways to Lose Weight Post Pregnancy

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By Kristy Jones

Most women gain extra weight during pregnancy. Weight gain during pregnancy is as a result of hormonal action. During pregnancy, the body releases hCG hormone which leads to a change in normal metabolism and nutrition. 

After birth the action of hCG stops and all that remains is extra weight that needs to be shed. Losing weight after pregnancy is possible and all that one requires is determination, persistence and self-discipline.

The following are 8 easy ways to lose post pregnancy weight.

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1. Eating healthy - Taking a healthy diet is the first step towards losing post pregnancy weight. A healthy diet should contain all the food components in the right proportions. - Avoid eating junky foods and skipping meals. Instead focus on eating a balanced diet that will nourish your body well and help in recovering the energy loosed during child birth. A healthy diet is also good for the new born since you will be able to produce quality milk.

2. Do simple exercises - Exercising is the next big secret towards shedding of extra weight after pregnancy. Focusing on simpler exercises is encouraged in order to avoid exhaustion and stress that could affect milk production and your general health. - Some of simpler exercises that you can try out include sit ups, lifting your baby up, dancing and walking among others.

3. Prepare yourself psychologically - A lot of women fear gaining extra weight after pregnancy. This fat phobia can lead to stress and opting for weight losing alternatives that may not yield any results. - The only way that you can prepare yourself psychologically is by furnishing your mind with the required facts about post pregnancy weight loss. This will help you understand what is happening to your body and how to best take care of yourself. Finding books written on this topic, visiting a specialist and searching the internet for related information will be helpful.

4. Be determined and remain consistent - Losing post pregnancy weight starts with yourself, avoid stuffing your mind with myths and misconceptions. Staying focused and determined will help you attain your goal at the end. - One should come up with a desired weight goal and different ways of attaining that goal. The next thing is then to stick to your goals and staying focused. Consistency to exercises, dieting and other weight losing plans will definitely yield the required results at the end.

5. Stay hydrated - Taking a lot of water will help in regulating appetite and ensuring that you don't add extra calories. One should take water frequently and also eat food that has high water content which include; fruits and vegetables. - Water contains zero calories and will ensure that your stomach remains full hence reducing the urge to eat when not necessary. Water should be your favorite drink during post pregnancy weigh loses period.

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6. Get adequate rest and nursing before resuming normal routine - Many people are not aware that nursing after child birth can lead to weight loss. Nursing burns off excess calories and help your body reshape back to normal. - Nursing will also avoid any stress build up and give you adequate time to plan ahead and arrive at the best decision.

7. Consider breast feeding - Breast feeding is not only good for the baby but is also an alternative to losing post pregnancy weight. - Breast feeding leads to burning of calories, helps in shrinkage of the uterus and leads to production of prolactin; a relaxation hormone.

8. Team up with those around you - Seek for necessary help from those around you in order to achieve the desired results. Take part actively in team work with other family members instead of just sitting indoors and watching television. - One can also team up with loved ones in strolling or teaming up with other women with similar goals.

Post pregnancy weight is easy with the above 8 ways. To obtain perfect results, one should use more than one weight loss alternative.

Stay healthy during this period by enrolling for EHIC medical cover. This will help safeguard your health and that of new born baby by allowing you to access affordable medical services.


Kristy Jones lives in Liverpool and is an avid writer and blogger. Her areas of interest are food, reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle and Fitness. She works as a guest blogger on her chosen areas of interest and currently writes on behalf of European Health Card 


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