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Losing Baby Weight

baby weightBefore starting on an eating and exercise programme make sure that you get the all clear at your 6 week post-partum doctor’s visit. Your body has undergone remarkable changes during pregnancy and birth. Give yourself some time to let your body heal. Adjust to being to being a new mom.

Consult a qualified dietician. She will be able to put a meal plan together with you and help you set a realistic weight goal. She will also be able to put together a breastfeeding diet together for you so that you get the correct nutrients needed for breastfeeding.

Start exercising again. Start slowly. You can start an exercise routine that includes baby; go for long strolls with little one in the pram. Turn up the music and keep baby entertained by showing him your dance moves. Once baby is older, you may want to enrol in boot camp, yoga, pilates or spinning classes. Do what makes you happy.

Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Cut out all carbonated drinks. Start your day with a few tin slices of raw ginger or lemon in water.

Keep a food journal. See what triggers you to want to reach for the bag of chips or slab of chocolate.

Eat small meals up to six times a day. Choose your meals and snacks with care. Opt for healthier alternatives. Instead of indulging in chips, chocolate or cake, opt for sliced fruit and veggies, strawberries, apples, celery sticks, cucumber slices and carrot sticks.

Make smoothies. Here is a delicious recipe to get you into the juicing swing of things.

2 pawpaws
150ml vegetable juice
150ml apple juice
1 tsp ground giner
50ml plain yoghurt
1.    Peel and deseed the pawpaws
2.    Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
3.    Add a few blocks of ice and enjoy

Good luck with your weight loss programme!