Postpartum Weight Loss Tips

by - June 26, 2017

I had a pretty hard time accepting the changes that came with my new mom bod. With hormones all over the place and emotions running high it was easy for me to be extremely hard on myself. Once everything calmed down and I started getting stir crazy at home I decided to get out of the house and make the commitment to a gym membership. This was around the time my son turned 6 months old. I found a gym that included a kids center, so he can play during my workouts. This made the process of getting into a fitness routine so much easier and more enjoyable knowing he was getting something out of this too. These days I have come to terms with that fact that this is a fitness journey, not a sprint, and no results will happen over night. Take your time, while staying disciplined, and remember to have fun. Nothing worth having ever comes easy. Not even that MILF body.

We have all heard it. Drink water, drink water, drink water. No matter if you are a man or woman, young or old, mom or not. If you are trying to lose weight you have come across this tip a hundred times and surely heard it from just about everyone. Well, here I am, hopping on the bandwagon to remind you, yet again, to start sipping up that aqua. I cut out all other drinks. No more soda, processed juices etc. When you stop drinking your calories you can focus more on actual foods that keep you fuller and getting more from your healthy meals. Say you drink 4 cans of soda a day. That's about 720 calories. More than a very hearty meal. Soda doesn't do anything for your body and causes more damage than good. The flood of sugar will indefinitely cause an energy/mood crash, raise anxiety and blood sugars levels. I try to hydrate my body with about 160 ounces of water a day. (four bottles pictured to the right) Staying hydrated keeps or body working properly, eases digestion, boosts metabolism, levels out blood sugar, and keeps you fuller longer with a radiant glow to your hair and skin. Drinking that much water can be a challenge, but try getting a water bottle with a straw and liquid measurements. I use the Contigo 40 ounce water bottle that I picked up at Marshall's.

Balance2 Digital Body Scale

Not only will you lose a ton of water weight within the first two or so weeks postpartum, but if you are making the incredible decision and sacrifice to breastfeed you will shed even more pounds. The average rule of thumb is that a mother's body uses about 20 calories to make 1 ounce of milk. If you are pumping and storing on top of your nursing sessions that's even more calories gone right out the window. I give a lot of credit to breastfeeding for bringing me down to a weight that is less than my pre-baby weight. So I say pump and nurse as often as you can, while you can. It's good for you and baby. See my pumping posts here : The Power In Pumping & Free Printable Schedule For Increasing Milk Production

Waist Slimmer Belt
I absolutely love and swear by this product! I purchased my current one from Marshall's (of course) for around four bucks. I have also used the Gold's Gym Waist Trimmer Belt from Walmart, purchased for around the same price (pictured at the left). Loved them both. Now, I am not condoning or have ever used the corset style that is all the rage, these days. I personally don't think those styles of waist trimmers are particularly very safe or effective. What I am talking about are the styles similar to the picture listed to the left. It is made of a material that traps in heat helping you sweat. It has been amazing for minimizing the appearance of my stretch marks and even reducing bloating around my mid section.

No Scale
Don't worry about checking the scale.You are more than a number. You created a new life. Birthed a human being from your body.That you spent nine long months creating. During that miraculous and also traumatic time your body went through some serious serious changes. One is losing a lot of muscle mass. The reason I don't recommend checking the scale is that I don't want any mom out there to get discouraged in her fitness journey, especially in the beginning. Your weight will go up before it goes down. You will be rebuilding a ton of lost muscle, even if you are only walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes and not even lifting a single weight. Muscle weighs more than fat, so I don't want you to be in shock when you notice that number on the scale going up, like I was. I have been working out for about three months and when my number does change it goes up, even though I have noticed positive changes in my body's appearance. This got me down regardless of how pleased I was with my progress. I know muscle weights more than fat, but when, we as mother's, are working on getting back to a figure we are proud of, we are more vulnerable and emotional than ever before. Which can cause us to be a bit irrational about our postpartum body.

meli melo Jungle Utopia Pre AW17
If you are trying to lose weight you need to be doing cardio. I personally love cardio. It is my favorite type of exercise. However, I am aware that not everyone is a cardio junkie like myself. You gotta do what you gotta do though. What has worked for me is finding an incline trainer and just walking it off. Build that stamina, girl! Once I felt comfortable enough in my progress I began including interval training into my routine. That is where I started seeing and feeling some real results. Don't forget to set a goal for yourself.

My cardio routine is 500 calories burned per workout for 3 weeks then I do one week of 800 calories burned per workout. I aim to make it to the gym 6 days a week. Now that is what I aim for, but it doesn't always happen, and that's ok. On the days Milo is sick or the weather is bad, I do workouts from home. No calorie goals during that time. I use a fitness app, watch a YouTube trainer video, and/or refer to a workout sheet from a previous fitness class and set a time frame for about one hour.

I hope these tips help and motivate you during your postpartum fitness journey. I am actually going to go work out now since I have spent this entire day working and not working out. Writing this post has given me a touch of guilt along with a spark under my tushy. Don't forget to love yourself, even those love handles. Your body doesn't have to please anyone but you girl! Remember, don't be your own worst cridick.

For more ways to show love to your postpartum body check out guest post by Cassandra Padgett: 10 Ways To Show Love To Your Postpartum Body

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  1. You've got some great tips, but just remember to give yourself grace too. You can't do it all!

  2. I'm a huge cardio junkie! I need to look into the waist slimmer, too. Great tips!!

    1. love cardio. I don't think i'm at the level to go down where the weight lifters are. they kinda freak me out with their grunts and muscles lol

  3. Water and cardio helped me the most for sure. After my second was born I had a double stroller and would use that to push the boys around the neighborhood so we all got fresh air and I got a workout in.

    1. I love my stroller. I should use it more. Little walks are good for everyone

  4. Very informative article. Thank you for sharing