5 Weight Loss Tips For Breastfeeding Moms | #MommyMuscles

by - April 03, 2018

If you are anything like me the shock of the new postpartum body looking back at you in the mirror may have come at a surprise. Even though I mentally prepared myself all throughout my pregnancy and emotionally came to terms with the inevitable changes motherhood brings. Until I got home from the hospital and out of the shower for the first time reality never hit me. All the mentally and emotionally preparedness went flying out the window and took my self esteem and confidence right along with it. I was counting down the days till my 8 week postpartum check up to see if I could get the OK from my doctor to start working out. Having a c section made for additional complications in the start of my postpartum exercise. Even though I was and still to this day am eager to lose the baby weight, postpartum health has always been my number one concern. Determined to redefine the "mom bod" while still being safe and healthy for my son. I don't want  to use motherhood as just another excuse to be a frumpalump. So here are my 5 weight loss tips for new breastfeeding moms. 

  • Eat Nutrient Dense Foods 

If you are a breastfeeding momma, which I am assuming you are since you clicked on this post, it is best advised to up your calorie intake to maintain your milk supply. Creating that powerful mommy nectar is a lot of work and your body needs fuel to keep working in prime tip top condition. Eating nutrient dense foods like greens, fruits, grains, and proteins vs. snacks that are "empty calorie" foods like processed meals, chips and sweets will keep your calories up while keeping you full and boosting your supply. Foods like watermelon, celery, cucumber, oatmeal, peanut butter are all nutrient dense and work wonders for your milk supply! Get a Free Blender Bottle When You Buy a Skinny Smoothie™ or Skinny Shake® Gusset or Tote with coupon code AFFILFREEBB

  • Drink Water 

I know I know I know. We have all heard it time and time again. Though drinking water is so ultra important for a nursing mother especially if you are also trying to lose weight at the same time. Keeping hydrated will not only boost your supply, but proper hydration also aids in a healthy immune system, increased metabolism, healthy digestion, better skin...the benefits go on and on. If you are not a fan of the bland ole aqua try getting an infuser water bottle. I have one and I am obsessed. Adding fruit, veggies, and herbs to flavor up your water brings added benefits as well. Find out more in my 5 Simple Detox Water Recipes

  • Take It Slow

I know I wanted to hit the ground running (literally) when I got the doc's thumbs up. Even though motivation is a good place to start on any fitness journey. A postpartum fitness journey is a slow and steady race, not a sprint. Your body has just gone through a miracle of changes and needs time to recover. Try more mild though effective exercises like yoga, swimming, and walking. Getting out for a steady walk is not only good for you, but also for baby. Build up to the Booty Boot camps and the P90X routines.

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  • Set Goals 

Goal Setting is a proven activity that helps you stay motivated and determined in all sorts of various aspects of life. Fitness and weight loss journeys are no different. Try getting a fitness journal or taking notes on your phone. I personally love writing things down. The process makes tasks stick for me more than virtual note taking. Start with workout classes you want to attend, how many times/days you want to work out in a week, meal planning/prepping etc. Any goals you want to achieve in your fitness journey write them down! Crossing things off a list is one of the most satisfying things in the world, well for me anyways. Let me know if you are the same way in the comments.

  • Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself
It is so easy to be hard on yourself when it comes to insecurities and body image. We at times say and think things to ourselves we would never say to a friend or a stranger. Remember to give yourself a break and have faith in your determination and self discipline. If fitness and weight loss is important to you then you will find a way to stick with it. Find ways to make fitness fun for you! If it is something you look forward too vs. something your dread it will make staying motivated so much easier. Don't fret too much either, if you have a cheat day or a major drop in motivation no worries. We all have those days and it is something we all have to push through. Guilt will be a big droopy rain cloud if you let it so when a cheat day comes or a day you just cant be bothered to workout don't let guilt rain on your fitness parade. Accept it and move on. Getting back on track is easier than falling into a rut.  

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