“Getting your body back” after pregnancy is probably uppermost on the majority of women’s minds after delivery. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, the first of which is that it took nine months for your body to get in the condition in which it is at the time of delivery and it will probably take close to that amount of time to get it back. Do not judge the amount of time it will take you to get back into shape after your pregnancy by the number of television and movies celebrities who make it back to the red carpet just three months after their baby is born. Remember that these women have nannies to watch their babies while they work out two to four hours a day-this is their business.
Everything you do to get back into shape and burn more body fat should be gradual. This is because you do not want to shock your body, especially if you are breast-feeding your newborn. During these initial months it is important that the nutrition your infant receives is at its highest quality because this is the foundation for your child’s health for the rest of his life.
There are several things that you can do to help burn more body fat and get yourself back into shape without jeopardizing the nutrition that you are feeding your infant. The first of these is to take a good look at the nutrition you are feeding yourself. You may have adjusted to a higher calorie intake during the pregnancy but once you have delivered your child that is no longer the case. You may continue to need an extra 100 to 200 calories per day to produce breast milk but you don’t need the added three to 400 calories a day to produce a child.
By getting back to your pre-pregnancy caloric intake you will help your body switch to a fat burning mode and, if you are breast-feeding, this process will only go faster. Remember that the foods you put into your body are feeding the cells that produce your skin, the milk that you are feeding your child and the nutrition which you are burning each day. All these foods you put into your body should be healthy and while no one can resist the occasional piece of cake or ice cream, sugars and fats should be in moderation.
A significant fat burning tip is to eat small meals every three to four hours while you are awake. This type of eating will help you to feel full, keep you from snacking and keep your body burning fuel all day long. The foods you feed yourself every three hours should mostly consists of fresh fruits and vegetables and raw nuts and seeds. These foods will help to fuel your body and increase your fat burning potential.
Most women want to address their stomachs and hips after delivery of their child, especially when trying to lose weight or tone their muscles. It is important to remember that the majority of reason the stomach is flabby or the hips are large is not because you need spot training but rather because you need to lose the fat that covers the muscle.
But, the second factor that is important is exercise. The goal is aerobic cardiac exercise that will help to boost your metabolism and burn fat faster.
These two pieces of the puzzle – nutrition and exercise – are the tricks to increasing your metabolism to a fat burning machine. Remember to eat small meals every 3-4 hours that are raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Get rid of the processed foods and fats, exercise and have patience. It took 9 months for your body to get in this condition and it will take that many months to get back into shape.