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How to Lose Weight After Pregnancy

How to Lose Weight After Pregnancy
Losing weight after pregnancy can be a challenge, but thankfully there are several ways to lose the post pregnancy weight and get back to being healthy quickly. You'll definitely be pressed for time after your pregnancy, and your weight loss efforts should be focused on the most efficient and effective methods that are known to work. Mostly, you'll need to make changes in your diet and you should avoid eating as many unhealthy foods as possible and start cutting back on carbohydrates since you won't need as many calories. The HCG diet can be a great way to get back into shape post-pregnancy, and the weight loss on the diet can be rapid and easy. It's one of the best options for post-pregnancy weight loss because it doesn't require any extra exercise which can be very convenient for busy moms. Below are some of the top  tips  on how to lose weight after pregnancy.

Don't start dieting right away

Don't start the HCG diet or any other diet right after pregnancy because if you are breastfeeding you will likely have to wait. You should contact a medical provider at Nu Image Medical to find out the appropriate time to start dieting. For most women it will be once their baby is starting to eat solid food or a while afterwards. Dieting too soon can cause problems with your milk supply and it can also reduce your energy levels at a time when you need to be awake probably more than you ever have been. If you choose to breastfeed you will lose some of your post pregnancy weight naturally. Always contact your medical provider before you start any diet and make sure that it is also a safe and proven diet like the HCG diet.

Remember that pregnancy causes body changes

Pregnancy always results in body changes, and although you can still look just as great as you did before, there are some changes that aren't necessarily going to be fixed just by dieting. Some of the physical changes can include a softer belly, a larger waistline, and wider hips. Although dieting can help you look like you did before, you shouldn't expect to look exactly the same, even though some celebrities and models are seemingly able to do it. They also usually have the best physical trainers in the world and chefs preparing every meal for them, and nannies to help out with taking care of their babies. With a little ambition and dedication you can definitely look great, but don't feel defeated if you aren't getting the results that you want.

What to expect in terms of weight loss post-pregnancy

There are some general guidelines for post-pregnancy weight loss that you can expect based on a few things. For most women of average weight, doctors recommend that they should gain about 25-35 pounds during pregnancy for the health of their babies. Women that were not overweight prior to pregnancy will have the easiest time with losing the weight post-pregnancy, and in general they can expect to be back to their normal weight within 2-3 months using most weight loss methods. Women who were overweight prior to getting pregnant will likely take a longer amount of time to get back to a normal weight using most methods. However, if you are approved for the HCG diet you can expect far better results than you would get otherwise. On the HCG diet it is not unrealistic to lose 15 to 45 pounds in just six weeks of time, and 5 to 15 pounds on the three week diet or even more.

Make sure that you change your diet up

It's crucial that you change your diet up post pregnancy. You'll need to eat more foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and limit your intake of carbs and unhealthy fats. Processed foods should be avoided at all costs, even though you might have had cravings for them during your pregnancy. A large part of your weight loss will come down to the quality of your diet. Try to eat as many "€œsuper foods"€ as possible, or foods that are high in nutritional content and are natural. Examples of super foods can include kale, spinach, blueberries, fatty fish, quinoa, avocados, Greek yogurt, grapefruit and many others. We've described several examples of great weight loss foods in the past on this blog, and you can also find more information about them online or by talking to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical.

Breastfeeding can help you lose weight but be sure to eat the right foods

Breastfeeding can let you add an extra 250 to 300 calories per day to your diet, but you need to be careful to only eat foods that are going to help you lose weight and that are healthy for you and your baby. Don't use it as an excuse to eat whatever you want. There are other health benefits including improved immunity for your baby and other health benefits. Again, you won't want to diet while you are breastfeeding unless it is recommended by your medical provider. Smaller meals can also be helpful if you decide to breastfeed, and include as many healthy foods as you can in each meal include the "€œsuper foods"€ mentioned above. Avoid eating tuna or other fish that are high in mercury while breastfeed and discuss any unique diet changes with your nutritionist or medical provider.

A little exercise doesn't hurt

It can be easy to neglect exercise when you've just had a child, but exercising as much as you can within reason can be very beneficial. No matter what you should try your best to avoid being sedentary, and exercise at least a few times per week if you don't have an active lifestyle. Some can get away with limited amounts of exercise as they may have an active job, but you should try to actively work in both cardiovascular exercise and strength training into your routine as much as possible. It doesn't really matter what you do, but when you do work out you should focus more on quality over quantity, with exercises like high intensity interval training or other workouts that boost your heart rate and improve your HGH production levels. Even if you scale up your exercise a little and do more than most people would do it is only going to benefit you, but there definitely does reach a point where exercise can become counterproductive compared to other weight loss methods.

The HCG diet is worth a  shot

It can be challenging to lose weight post pregnancy, and the HCG diet can give you the boost that you need to lose your pregnancy weight much faster than virtually every other method available. It is a safe and proven diet that will work for you even if you gained a lot of weight during your pregnancy, and you'll be impressed at how quickly the results occur. You should never try the diet without the approval a medical professional, and most women who are breastfeeding will need to talk to a medical professional before considering a round of the diet.

But, if you are approved, it can be much easier to lose weight with this method compared to exercising or other diets that can end up taking 3 to 6 months or even longer. The HCG diet can realistically help you lose up to 40 pounds or more in just six weeks, and you can find out if you can safely start a round today by talking to a medical professional at Nu Image Medical today.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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