Get Back Into Shape Post-Pregnancy

By Angela Bekiaris

While most 20-year-old girls are out partying or shopping, Kylie Jenner has a slightly busier schedule planned for the next few months — like having to change nappies, make bottles and well, shed the kilos she piled on while pregnant.
But while we have no doubt her personal trainer has already paid a visit, and her private chef is probably cooking up a storm of delicious meals as you read this, fact is, it’s not easy to shed the pregnancy weight. But there’s no rush to do so — remember, it took 40 weeks to pile on, so you don’t have to lose them in four.
We share some great diet and fitness tips post-pregnancy for women of all ages. And for Kylie, she has age on her side, so there really shouldn’t be a problem bouncing back!
1. Throw Away All The Junk In The House
Whatever you were craving while preggies, get rid of. Temptation is the worst thing right now so keep your pantry and fridge stocked with healthy food and snacks. Sugar cravings will occur with lack of sleep so make sure there are no bad foods around.

2. Get Up And Move
Hitting the gym isn’t an option right now — especially if you’ve had a C-section, but exercise at home for the time being. get your hands on some fitness DVDs, do some yoga or Pilates — just move! Even a walk around the mall with the pram is good at this stage. And if you have a pool at home, do some laps when you’re up to it.
3. Breastfeed
It’s great for weight loss — experts say you can burn between 600 and 800 calories a day.

4. Lift Weights
Cardio is great for shading the pregnancy kilos, but so is lifting weights. Not only will it make you stronger but will help burn calories and fat which is exactly what you want at this stage.
5. Say No To Empty Calorie Foods
Fill yourself with nutrient-filled meals which contain lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Avoid process foods and sodas.
6. Control Your Portions
This isn’t the time for an extra serving. Limit your intake and watch the weight drop off.
7. Take Naps
Hard, we know, but lack of slope has been linked to overeating and binge eating. “Getting plenty of sleep has been shown to help with weight loss because you’re not compelled to binge on high-calorie, high-sugar foods for energy,” says Sheah Rarback, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

8. Snack On Healthy Food
Keep yoghurt, fruit and other healthy snacks on hand for when you’re feeling peckish but don’t have time to make a proper meal.
9. Get Out And About
Staying indoors will not only lead to depression, but the comfort eating which comes with it.

 

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