Confinement | 6 super tips for getting back in shape after childbirth
Post confinement, you must be gearing back to get into your beautiful looks. Let’s first check if it’s the right time. You might have strengthened yourself with confinement recipes. It’s advisable that a breastfeeding mother waits at least till her baby is two months old, before heading to weight loss. Spread your weight loss regimen to at least 6 to 12 months, so that it does not affect the quality of breast milk and also does not take a toll on your health.
Good news is that an exclusive breastfeeding itself helps you burn up to 1000 calories a day!
A good weight loss program balances diet and exercise. Here are 6 super tips to get you back to health and shape.
- Drink lots of water:
Start your day with drinking plenty of water. Your confinement period could have had some restrictions on your water intake. But now, you need to drink water frequently, preferably after an hour of food. If you fear cold, drink warm to hot water. The color of urine will tell you if you are drinking enough. When you are well hydrated the color of urine is close to that of water.
- Break the fast!
Breakfast would have been one of the most important aspects of your confinement meals. Research has proved that those who are regular on breakfast weigh lesser than their counterparts. 6 small, frequent meals are any time better than 3 large meals. It will allow more calories to be used and will prevent calories from adding on to the weight.
- Mind what you eat:
Making healthy food choices is imperative. Your confinement menu may have comprises of high calorie food. But for now, high on nutrition and low on calories is the trick. Replace your snacks and even some meals to high vitamins and low calories food such as oats, fenugreek leaves and apple. Reduce your consumption on sweets intake, opt for baked instead of deep fried food. Choose low fat dairy products over full fat. A dietician’s advice could be of great help. She can reframe your diet balancing your body needs and health goals.
- Eat slowly:
Spend a lot of time chewing. It takes few minutes for the stomach to send satisfy signals to the brain. When you take longer to chew, you are more likely to eat less. On the contrary, those who chew faster tend to overeat as they have yet to receive the feeling of filled.
Confinement restricts intensive exercise, but now you are free! Walking or jogging for a mile is likely to burn 100 calories. The fresh breeze will also relax your senses. You can even bring your little one to accompany you in his walking pram, which will refresh him too.
Sleeping for 8 hours a day may not be practical, but trying to get as much sleep as possible will help your health and goals. Lack of sleep is linked to weight gain. Trying to sleep when your baby is sleeping will help you with your sleep quota.
Post confinement, you may be tempted to jump into a rigorous schedule, quickly wanting to get back in shape but, you may not be able to carry it long. Rather a well planned approach like a gradual cut on high calorie food and a sustained increase in the activity levels can give you long lasting results.