Nursing Women and Weight Loss Tips
by Lynn VanDyke
Nursing women and weight loss is a hot topic among new moms and that's no wonder...
When you've just given birth to a baby, your body might feel heavier and stretched out, causing you to want to find ways to firm up fast. But with the rigors of breast feeding, are you able to jump back into your old diet plans? With some simple advice and information, weight loss for nursing women is possible - even for you.
Before you begin a weight loss for nursing women program, it's best to check with your obstetrician or regular doctor. They can help you determine whether or not you're ready for a diet or exercise plan as well as give you advice as to when you might be ready for such a lifestyle adjustment. Talk to them about plans that you are considering, even bring them into your appointment with you so that you can both discuss your concerns as well as any signs that you might want to slow down your weight loss progress.
Many newer studies are showing that weight loss for nursing women can be completely safe for both mom and baby, but checking with your doctor will help you identify any unique needs that you have.
When designing or choosing a weight loss for nursing women program, you might want to consider the fact that your body needs three hundred to five hundred more calories each day in order to produce breast milk. So, cutting calories probably isn't necessarily the healthiest way to start the weight loss process. You will want to focus more on making healthier choices in the calories that you do eat - choosing fruits and vegetables over processed foods and sugars. Not only will you be making your body healthier, but you're also passing on good eating habits to your baby.
Promoting weight loss for nursing women will mean that you need to start an exercise program in your free time. This can be as simple as heading outside for a walk or getting on a treadmill or elliptical trainer. Try fitting in small bursts of exercise whenever you can, especially if you're taking care of your child full time. Longer workouts aren't necessarily and are generally inconvenient for new moms anyway. You can also start lifting lighter weights to build up your muscles which them will burn more calories and increase your metabolism.
Weight loss for pregnant women isn't something that you will need to wait on until your child is done with breast feeding. Getting your body back in shape is important for your health and energy levels - as well as your mood. Talk with your doctor and design a plan that works for both of you.
About the author: Lynn VanDyke is an elite fitness trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist and sports nutritionist dedicated to helping you achieve your fat loss goals.