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Weight Loss For After Pregnancy

Nov 1, 2007
Right, so you've had a baby, and you're distressingly aware of the extra weight you've gained, which just didn't seem to melt off at the time of birth. This is very natural and you can look to have retained about 10-15 pounds of your pregnancy weight. However, not to despair as it is immensely possible to achieve successful weight loss after pregnancy.

The key things that you need to do this are determination to carry you through to the end, the desire to lose weight to begin with, a good, healthy weight loss plan, and the realization on your part that unlike in the movies, the weight will not melt off in a matter of a few fast forwarded minutes.

You will need to work for your weight loss after pregnancy, and it will take time regardless of how you go about it, if you want to achieve a healthy weight loss. Rapid weight loss is not encouraged, especially as you have only recently given birth. You, and your body, need time to recover from this experience, and you won't do that by putting your body through the trauma of a rapid weight loss.

That said, for women looking for weight loss after pregnancy, the best course of action they can follow is the one which advocates a nine month system. In other words, since it took nine months to gradually pile on the pounds, you can expect it to take about the same amount of time to come off. This is of course, if you do it in a healthy manner.

Another thing that you will want to keep in mind regarding weight loss after pregnancy, is that if you are breastfeeding you will need the proper nutrients and foods to keep your body healthy so that you have enough milk for baby.

And if you were unaware of this, breastfeeding mothers will most likely lose most of their postpartum weight after they have weaned baby. In fact, most of the weight you are carrying is because your body was readying itself during the nine months for you to eventually breastfeed your baby.

It has been studied that new mothers who breastfeed their babies, burn up to about 700 calories a day. A significant amount when you look at it. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the weight won't come off as such until you wean baby.

However, it is best if you don't depend entirely on this method of weight loss after pregnancy, because as reliable as it is, you also need to factor in other things such as your diet and the amount of exercise you get. If any of these conflicts with, or impinges on your weight loss plans, you can be assured that the weight you were to lose breastfeeding would become negligible.

So, stick to a weight loss regime that is healthy and suitable for you, and you see that weight loss after pregnancy isn't so impossible after all.
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