Pregnancy weight may seem much harder to lose because a new mom can be under a lot of stress. There is the stress of taking care of a new baby as well as her family on a daily basis. Not to mention if you’re a new mom who works a 9 to 5 job as well. All of this added stress can take a toll on you and the last thing you are probably trying to figure out is how to go about trying to lose pregnancy weight. However, there is hope and you can make things simpler for yourself with the tips below.
Relieve the Stress
This may seem impossible but there are ways to relieve stress if you try them and discover what works best for you. One way that is often recommended is practicing meditation. This works best when you can find a quiet place. This doesn’t have to be in the home. It can be anyplace that you find to be serene. Quiet your mind and for a short period of time, get away from all the problems in your world. Practicing meditation on a regular basis is said to help people remain positive in their daily lives. Other methods to reduce stress include physical fitness, therapy, and keeping a journal.
Expect to Fail
That sounds harsher than it should, but I believe many people put so much pressure on themselves to lose weight. Meaning, if they fall off track in their diet or exercise program, they feel so guilty over it, they immediately give up and think that they cannot accomplish their goals. Take the pressure off and realize that every now and then you’ll miss a workout or you’ll indulge in that sweet treat or greasy burger. It’s not the end of the world and usually will not have a huge impact on your progress. So take the pressure off and allow yourself to fall off track now and again.
Don’t Force a Diet
If you’re already under stress, don’t add more by immediately limiting what you eat. Of course you’ll need to change your eating habits but ease into it. There are a plethora of eating plans to choose from. Read up on them and choose one that speaks to you. In the beginning, you can even try substituting some of your favorites with healthier choices until you find an eating plan that fits your lifestyle.
Exercise is essential and like food, it can be added stress if you feel like you have to do extreme workouts to receive any benefits. Again, take the pressure off. Start small. Walk first then run. Take a class. Use a home fitness program. Add variety and make it fun.