Lose Weight By Sleeping After Pregnancy
Nine months of having to eat twice as much as you used to coupled with constant cravings for sin foods that you may have likely indulged yourself in becomes apparent even after you have given birth. It is very normal for women to feel conscious about their figure especially after having given birth. What most moms want to do is to immediately enter into a strict but rigorous diet and exercise program in order to lose all that accumulated excess weight.
It does not help either with celebrity moms like Heidi Klum looking model-fit with just a month or two after pregnancy. What most doctors will tell you is that 1) it is highly unlikely for you to achieve celebrity bodies right after pregnancy unless you have a team of expert (not to mention highly-paid) dieticians and fitness trainers by your side 2) strict diet and fitness regimens right after pregnancy will not help you achieve your old healthy form. Believe it or not, the key to regaining your old figure or becoming fitter after pregnancy is rest. Yes, unbelievably, resting is essential for moms who are itching to lose all those excess pounds.
Sleep it off
Being a mom can be a traumatic experience and after nine months of carrying a growing baby in your womb and after enduring an agonizing labor, your body is in a state of fatigue. Your joints are loose and less flexible and your muscles aching and exhausted leaving you sluggish, lazy, and inactive. . What is more is that breastfeeding can be more taxing than it seems. On the average, a breastfeeding mom needs an extra 500 calories to produce the milk her baby is to consume.
Every time a woman breastfeeds, this store of extra calories is eventually used up. Whether or not a woman breastfeeds her baby, she still needs to nurture her infant especially in its first year when the baby’s sleeping patterns are irregular. Nights of broken sleep, insomnia, and sometimes sleepless nights, could be strenuous for any fatigued mom. Therefore, it is not advisable for women to enter into strict diets and vigorous exercises just yet.
Many doctors encourage moms to take regular naps during the day and uninterrupted sleep at nights to regain their body’s strength. Your body needs a lot of time to recover from the stress and trauma of pregnancy and child-rearing. Two or three months after pregnancy is a minimal requirement which can extend to 6 months in order for women who have newly given birth to recover their strength and stamina.
Taking regular naps during the day and at least 8 hours of sleep will do you good in recovering. Also, what most women do not know is that their bodies also burn calories during sleep, hence you are recovering while losing calories.
Doctors advise most moms too to maintain a healthy diet that isn’t geared for dramatic weight loss. Once you have fully recovered, that is the time that you can start exercising vigorously at the gym to trim all those unwanted fats and that bulging belly.