Maternity Metabolism

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Before you attempt to shed baby weight, remember that it took you nine months to gain those extra pounds, so you need to give yourself a realistic timeframe for losing them.

Breastfeeding helps you burn up extra fat, but it can only help so much, especially if you’re eating the right foods to nourish the baby and trying to satiate your increased appetite.

Many women find it more difficult to lose the weight than they thought, even keeping a careful eye on their diet and exercising. This may be because your metabolism has slowed down, and what once worked for your body may no longer be effective. Less sleep and poor nutrition may be partially to blame, and perhaps you have less time and energy to exercise.

For starters, try eating smaller, more frequent meals to rev up your metabolism, and try to work weight training into your fitness regimen. After a few months of your new routine, you’re sure to see results, and possibly be back in your pre-pregnancy clothing.

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