I hate to say this but the only way to lose the weight postpartum is to change up what you were doing and sometimes that means sacrificing foods you love or spending more time with your body in movement. Being intentional about your body and its activity. Moving daily, no questions asked.
Just move: it sounds simple, but as a new mom, you spend a LOT of time sitting around and feeding or cuddling on your newborn. Any movement – Whether that’s up and down the stairs with a laundry basket or vacuuming your living room – all of it counts towards movement in your body during the day.
Pilates: it’s no secret that I have been doing Pilates for years and I truly feel like there’s nothing better for me personally when it comes to a work out. I worked out throughout the entirety of both my pregnancies and it made my labor and deliveries short and recoveries very easy. I have been able to get right back into the swing of things without feeling like I’m completely out of shape. I started back six weeks postpartum but I only get in about 1 to 2 times a week because of childcare.
EMsculpt: this is new to me this round. Once approved for exercise, I tried out a “medical gym” procedure at Renova Aesthetics that helped jumpstart my abdominal muscles after having Diastasis recti. I did 4 sessions and definitely noticed a huge difference. There’s no down time and it take about 30 minutes per session. Each person is different when it comes to how many sessions you need based on your personal goals but you can always call for a consultation and ask for more info!
HungryRoot: OK I can honestly say that this is my favorite food delivery service I’ve ever tried. It basically someone doing healthy grocery shopping for you based on your lifestyle and dietary needs. I think that they hit the nail on the head with sending snack foods and food that is easy to make on the go or for people with busy lifestyles but also healthy and makes you feel good.
Bala bands at home: I basically just wear these around my house no matter what and take them off at the end of the day.
Cara Loren fitness app when I can’t get to Pilates: i’ve been obsessed with her for years she has the best body and has had multiple children now. She just came out with a new app so I have been doing her workouts on the days that I can’t get into Pilates.
Walking (dog walks + baby wearing): I try to walk the dogs as much as humanly possible but also I have to wear the baby so I can only do that on days where it’s not super hot. That’s probably two or three days a week.
Lifestyle: I have a 2 year old. So I pretty much never sit down if she’s around. She keeps me on my toes literally.
Sugar Intake: Trying to cut sugar after 9pm
Water intake: I have literally had to force feed myself water for as long as I can remember. I see a direct correlation between water intake and weight loss every time I make the effort to drink more water. Also my skin gets better like what the actual hell am I doing if I’m not drinking water?
It took me 7+ months the first time with my daughter to get to pre-baby weight and I still have 15 lbs to go to get to where I’d like to be this round.
Everybody’s different and everybody has a different routine that works for them. These are just the things that I do and have done in the past but I think help and jumpstarting the weight loss postpartum.