Today’s society creates unnecessary and unfair dilemmas for women. On the one hand, they are pressured into having children. Friends and relatives cannot wait to see a “baby bump”. After you have your baby, your whole body is completely worn out with the birthing process. The last thing that you have on your mind is weight loss.
Then, you are expected to snap back into the same lean body that you had before the pregnancy. Even celebrities, such as Tonto dike, Tori Spelling and Leah Remini were publicly shamed until they lost their baby fat. No wonder so many new mothers feel pressured and fall into postpartum depression. Here are some common mistakes women make trying to lose weight after birthing:
1. Fad Dieting
There is a reason for too many new fad diets, every time you turn around. They just do not work. New mothers need extra vitamins and minerals to rebuild their bodies after birth. They also need about 500 more calories if they are breastfeeding. Fad diets do not take any of these needs into consideration.
Why do fad diets not work after pregnancy? Your body needs calories to produce energy. If it does not get them, your body will stop burning fat and will keep it stored in your hips and abdomen. Your body thinks that it is starving and will go into survival mode. It will keep every ounce of fat you have.
Another bad thing about fad diets is that they are often restrictive and boring. They are not practical for everyday living. You probably will ditch a diet that has a bunch of complicated steps for each meal. Nowadays there are a whole lot of different dieting tips online. However, you should be aware that you cannot rely on every diet you read about on the Internet.
2. Not exercising or exercising too much
The mathematics to weight loss is simple: you must burn more calories than you consume. This cannot be done with diet alone. Before you start any postpartum exercise regime, you should consult with your doctor. You would need a time of healing if you gave birth with a C-section.
It is normal to feel exhausted after giving birth. You also must deal with the erratic schedule of a newborn. You probably feel like collapsing into bed and never getting up. However, your body needs exercise to lose weight, stay limber, and to create the energy you need.
On the flip side, some women are ready to bust back into their ninja workouts and marathon runs after birthing a baby. You cannot expect your body to snap back so quickly. You can easily get hurt. When you start out slower, the better you will be.
Even a simple exercise like walking the block can be beneficial. Put your baby in a stroller, and you have created a little resistance to your walk. Light exercises like yoga and Pilates help your body stretch and regain some of its former limberness. If you feel you’re not doing enough, try a portable spin bike, it will be both fun and helpful to keep moving while you’re at home and want to do something else in the meantime.
3. Hitting the supplements instead of naturally detoxing
If you are breastfeeding, your baby will be consuming everything that you do. It is possible to assimilate good thing in overdose . Taking too many vitamins may make you and the baby sick. Do not assume that you can take something just because it is natural.
Turning to natural remedies isn’t always a good alternative. Kava kava, an herb used for its relaxing benefits, isn’t recommended while breastfeeding because it inhibits milk supply. There are also certain herbs that can be toxic to babies. Discuss any vitamins, minerals, or herbal supplements with your doctor and pharmacist.
What is a healthy and good alternative to supplements is eating sensibly. If you want to detox and slim down this summer, try watermelon, avocados, and whatever you feel would be beneficial for you and your baby. A sign of danger is anything extreme, so don’t overdue anything for immediate results
4. Getting hooked on processed diet food
When you visit any supermarket, you will be overwhelmed by the hundreds of diet products on the shelves. They may be advertised as diet, lite, all-natural, low-fat, low-carb, or sugar-free. You would think that these are the things that should fill your cart.
That is what the manufacturers want you to think. There is a lot of ambivalence in the food labeling laws. Some labels are outright lies. Most of these “diet” foods are highly processed and often do not resemble their original state.
5. Not breastfeeding frequently
Most women always strive so hard to go back to their pre-pregnancy weight after having a baby, I know I sure did. Exclusive breastfeeding is a very good way of loosing those extra fat after birth
The fact is that;
Breastfeeding does burn a lot of calories. When nursing on demand.
6. Not drinking enough water
As a nursing mom, it is necessary to hydrate always if not your vitalism will diminish, You need at least 8 to 9 glasses(2litres) of water every day. It is even more important when you are nursing as your breast milk is made up of almost 90% water. By drinking water, you’ll not only help your body, but you’ll also take care of your newborn.