There are a lot of great ways to lose weight. And there are just as many (if not more!) terrible ways to try to lose weight. Here is a list of the top 5 worst ways to lose weight if you’re trying to drop that baby weight postpartum.
- Fad Diet
Most breastfeeding moms won’t even consider a fad diet, and rightfully so. All fad diets require you to give up some essential nutrients. These essentially nutrients are supposed go to your baby through your milk. So depriving yourself on deprives your baby.
Fad diets aren’t good for you whether or not you’re breastfeeding. Essential nutrients aside, it’s unsustainable. You might lose five pounds on the cabbage soup diet, but will you really eat cabbage soup the rest of your life? Probably not. And as soon as you stop, the weight comes right back.
- Skipping Sleep To Exercise
You need sleep! Your baby might hate it (mine sure does), but it’s a necessity. A new mom needs all the sleep she can get. So setting your alarm two hours early so you can get to the gym? Not a good idea. It’s better off to catch some rest.
The effect that not sleeping has on weight loss is major. By skipping out on sleep, you negate any benefit you could have by working out. Find another way to squeeze in a workout. You’ll be happier and healthier.
- Obsessing About It
Sure, you want to go back to the way you looked before you had your little one. But obsessing over it won’t help. It only stresses you out, and that stress can cause you to pack on even more pounds. Instead of stepping on the scale five times a day, promise yourself to only weigh yourself once a week. You might find that not thinking about it so much helps you get to your ideal weight.
There is no guaranteed way to lose weight. But the most tried, tested, and true way to do it is through exercise and healthy eating. You’ve probably heard it a million times, but it’s true! Once you adapt a healthy diet and a healthy exercise regimen that works for you and your baby, you will lose weight.