If you’re reading this, your postpartum weight loss isn’t exactly going as you hoped.
Maybe you’ve tried several diets without success (or worse, you HAVE had success, but gained the weight back a couple weeks later). Or maybe you just don’t have the time or energy eat healthy or work out.
I get it…
Not only have I struggled to lose the baby weight, but I have struggled with a complete self-loathing that has marred almost every aspect of life postpartum.
So, before we dive into a few weight loss tips, I want to set the record straight:
Your weight has NO correlation to your beauty or self-worth.
You are beautiful RIGHT NOW. Be CONFIDENT in who you are right now. Yes, losing the baby weight is extremely important. But ONLY from a health standpoint.
I’m still struggling with my weight, but since I’ve given birth, I’ve lost nearly 35lbs. I have experimented with several diets, but I’ve found that a few small life-changes have impacted my weight loss the most. The journey of learning how to lose the baby weight can be a long one, but I hope that these tips help.
How to Lose the Baby Weight With 5 Simple Steps
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Eat a Good Breakfast
Healthy breakfasts aren’t just a gimmick. If you don’t start your day out right, chances are the rest of your daily diet will be a wreck too. A good breakfast feeds your body the calories and nutrients it needs to run for the rest of the day. If your breakfast is lacking in these qualities, your body will naturally try to make up for it later on in the day. This can easily lead to overeating.
But let’s not forget about the metabolic aspect of a good breakfast. A nutritious breakfast boosts your metabolism, allowing all of your healthy lunches and dinners to be that much more effective.
If you’re landing on this post BEFORE December 29th, onething you can do TODAY is join the free 5-Day Bootcamp to Better Breakfasts. It’s a five day email challenge designed to teach you how to eat nutritious breakfasts.
You’ll learn essential tips like:
- How to plan healthier breakfasts in advance
- How to keep your pantry, fridge and freezer stocked to encourage better meals
- How to easily incorporate veggies into your (TASTY) breakfasts
- How to save time and set yourself up for success by creating healthy AND convenience breakfasts
This is one small step toward learning how to lose the baby weight but it’s a POWERFUL one! If you’d like to join the free bootcamp, you can do it right here.
Meal planning saves you time, money, and calories. ALL extremely valuable commodities for new moms.
But, if you’re like me and struggle with 1. Never having the ENERGY to cook healthy meals. 2. Have absolutely no idea HOW to cook healthy meals. And 3. Have absolutely no INTEREST in cooking healthy meals… meal planning is absolutely essential for you.
If you’re interested in learning how to meal plan, my absolute favorite meal planning resource is the Ultimate Meal Planning Bundle (it’s a huge compilations of recipes, meal plans, and cookbooks that are bundled bi-annually).
When that’s not on sale, there a couple website that have some awesome meal plans and make ahead recipes:
Don’t Work Out – HAVE FUN!
Yep, I said it. Don’t work out.
No, I’m not dismissing the importance of a good cardio workout. But when you’re learning how to lose the baby weight, you need to have attainable goals.
(Plus working out sucks for anyone that isn’t already physically fit).
Instead, focus on staying active. Working out is a single activity that you hate. Staying active is a lifestyle choice. Focus on doing the things that YOU love that get you off the couch. For example, are you a Doctor Who fan? Commit to watching your favorite Doctor Who episodes ONLY if your butt is on a recumbent bike.
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Make SMALL Substitutions
This hack has REALLY helped with MY weight loss. I hope it helps you too!
Think about the habits that are sabotaging your weight loss efforts (E.g. for me it’s sweets, fast food, and lack of activity). Then, integrate small changes to conquer these habits. Focus on changing your lifestyle, one day at a time.
For example, I’ve completely eliminated sweets from my daily diet. It’s been this way for TWO. MONTHS.
And it all started with the simple goal of using stevia in my coffee, instead of sugar. This ONE change gave me the discipline and CONFIDENCE I needed to make bigger changes gradually.
Make your goal easily attainable. Make sure your steps are SMALL and include an end date. Then, once the habit has developed, you can decide to continue.
Plan Your Day
I’ve stood on my schedule soapbox time and time again when it comes to baby sleep training. The key to getting your baby to sleep through the night is an efficient yet flexible daily routine.
Do you know what I’m finding?
A flexible daily routine is also the key to YOUR weight loss. When you plan your day ahead of time you have more time. More time to be active, more time to eat healthy, more time to relax (which is also the key to weight loss).
Plan. Your. Day. Wisely.
ALWAYS Bring a Snack with You
Fast food is the devil…that I constantly indulge in.
It’s not because fast food is soooo good (though, I love me a good sandwich from Chick-fil-A…), it’s just so convenient and I’m so darn hungry. So, the best way to combat it is to MEAL PLAN and ALWAYS keep a snack with you to deal with the random hunger cravings. Carry some healthy and delicious in your purse, diaper bag, or glove compartment. Anywhere easily accessible!
If you’re struggling with losing the your baby weight, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And you have absolutely NO reason to be down on yourself. You are beautiful just the way you are. You’re not lazy, you’re not weak. You’re human. And if you’re serious about developing a healthy lifestyle, you can do it! We can do it together!
In the meantime, if this post spoke to your heart, I’d love to hear from you! Tell me your story! AND I’d also love to hear what’s worked for you (or isn’t working). With your permission, I’d love to share your tips with the other ladies!
I hope to hear from you!