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6 Healthy Ways To Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

There's a misconception about breastfeeding and that the pounds automatically starts dropping once you start breastfeeding. Yes, it is true that breastfeeding mamas do shed the pounds while breastfeeding, a whooping 850 calories a day! Yep, you read that right - 850 calories a day but don't forget this cold hard truth. As you lose calories, your body tends to need more energy to replace the calories you are losing. That means, your body would crave energy boosting foods like carbohydrates and you know what happens when you stock up on carbs right? It turns to fat but doesn't fret. There are some creative ways to lose weight while breastfeeding without putting extra pressure on yourself to shed the pounds.


Breastfeeding moms need 500 more calories than those who aren't breastfeeding and when you get hungry, you tend to want to eat everything in sight. Remember the flip side to that too. If you eat poorly, it might affect your milk production so that means making smart choices when you choose to eat or snack. Refrain from grabbing that bag of popcorn and substitute it with healthy snacks such as carrots, apples, yogurts, cheese, avocados, protein bars and low-fat crackers. Eat small portions and  regularly every


Don't expect the pounds to roll off as soon as you begin breastfeeding. It took a bit of time to pack on the pounds, it will take a little time for it to come off. The recommended time to begin losing weight is six weeks or even longer. Relax and do not stress because stress can affect your goal in losing the weight.  Enjoy having your baby home with you and plan your meals ahead of time to give you a healthy head start.


Water should become your BFF! Why? Well, the answer is simple. Breast milk is 50% water so it would make sense for you to replenish your body every time you nurse your baby. Water is also very important in keeping your metabolism active.


With a combination of a healthy diet and exercise, you should see results. Before you begin your exercise routine, be sure to consult with your doctor first. After he/she has given you the go ahead, it's best to start off slow then gradually include some of your pre-pregnancy work outs. Do cardio and strength training to help you improve your core. Make exercise fun by including your little one in the fun. Use the stroller to go jogging or baby wear and go walking around the mall.


When you deny your body the nutrients and energy it needs, your body goes into starve mode and begins to store every thing you eat as fat so it can use it later. The trick? Listen to your body and eat when it tells you it is hungry. Since you are breastfeeding, your body will burn calories frequently so eating mini meals throughout the day should will help boost your metabolism rather than slowing it down. Be mindful though that losing too much weight too drastically can decrease milk production and if you want to continue breastfeeding, you must find a healthy balance.


If you want to go the dieting route, it's perfectly fine but does NOT over do it. Your calorie intake should never go below 1,800 throughout the entire day. As long as you eat healthily and a bit more frequently without going ham on extreme dieting, you should see results. What did you do to lose the baby weight while breastfeeding?
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7 Unconventinal Ways To Sneak In A Work Out After Baby

Having a baby is a full-time job, I mean...LITERALLY. It's hard to find time to do anything, especially working out. Really, where is the time when you are constantly caring for your baby or toddler? There are several creative ways to get your exercise in even though your baby or toddler is right across the room.


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The staircase is your friend when trying to drop off some calories.  Use your baby as your personal dumbbell. Carry your baby up and down the stairs with you several times throughout the day. This will help you tone up your arms and legs. If you get bored with the stairs, you can get your baby to be your dance partner. You can carry your baby in a carrier so that he/she is close to your body. Be sure to make sure his head is very well supported and avoid abrupt turns to keep from shaking him/her. If you want to leave him in his bouncy or swing, keep him/her entertained by dancing around him. Put on your favorite music and dance to get your heart rate elevated.


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Trust me but every bit counts. When you go out with your little one, get in the habit of parking your car a little bit further away so you can put in a little walk. Even when you are home, it's hard to feel like being active if you've been up all night or if you are tired but walking around your house may seem like nothing but believe me, every calorie counts.


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Take a stroll around your neighborhood or in the park with your little one. Not only do you get your workout in, your little one will enjoy being out of the house and he/she will surely enjoy the scenery.


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Get in a squat position with your baby safely in your hands. Stand up and lift your baby over your head. Do as many reps as your body will allow you and you can space it out throughout the day. There is another way to do this and it is going to be easy to remember to do. Every time you go to the restroom, do a quick 20 body weight squats. Squats help you tone your thighs, hips and abdominal abs.


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An oldie but a goodie! You can do jumping jacks pretty much anytime, anywhere. This simple workout can be incorporated to your daily routine and its pretty easy. For every hour you are free, do 25 jumping jacks. This can be done in less than 30 seconds every time.


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Get up and make commercials count for something. While watching your favorite television show, do 10 push ups every commercial break. If you make this a habit, your arms back and core are bound to be toned. Go ahead, give it a try. It's a great way to get in a quick workout while waiting for your favorite show to come back on.


Hold your precious little babe to your chest with both hands. Your feet should be spread a bit apart.  Now squat down with your chest still elevated and come back up while maintaining a good straight posture. You can choose the number of times you would like to repeat this exercise. This will surely work out your hips, glutes, shoulder and core. What kinds of workouts do you do with your baby at home?
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