It can be very frustrating when you can’t lose the baby weight. But don’t lose heart; many moms have been in that place and went on to lose every pound of it. These are some things to consider when you can’t lose the baby weight. They can help to point you in the right direction.
1. You Are Setting Your Expectations Too High
One reason that you can’t lose the baby weight may be that you have set your expectations too high. It could be that the weight is coming off perfectly on schedule. It won’t come off overnight. It would be nice if it would. Remember it took you months to gain that; it may take that long to come off.
2. You Haven’t Cut Your Calories Back
It’s possible that you haven’t scaled your calorie count back to the amount you were eating before you got pregnant. It is easy to do if you aren’t careful. You may just need to make a small adjustment in the amount of food that you are eating. Of course, you have to be careful to make sure you are still eating enough if you are breastfeeding. Your doctor can help you to figure out your exact caloric needs.
3. You Chose Not to Breastfeed
Breastfeeding helps you to lose the weight you gained during pregnancy. If you haven’t had your baby yet, this is another point in favor of breastfeeding although not the most important one, of course. It may be too late for you to make this choice but knowing this can help you to understand why it may take a little longer to get the pregnancy pounds off. It certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t lose the baby weight if you don’t breastfeed. It just may take a bit more effort.
4. Beverages Are Sabotaging You
Sometimes your beverages are sabotaging your weight loss efforts. You can consume a ton of calories through beverages if you aren’t careful. Sodas, juices and coffee drinks can rack up a lot of calories. Try to stick to water and you will probably see a big difference in your weight loss. Water is best for your body, too.
5. You Aren’t Getting Any Exercise
Getting exercise when you have a newborn is difficult. But you can try for things like a stroll around the neighborhood with your baby in a stroller. Join up with several other moms to get some company while you walk. You can also exercise during your baby’s nap time or join a gym that provides childcare. Of course you need to get clearance from you doctor to return to exercising before you do any of these things.
6. You May Not Be Motivated
Maybe you aren’t very motivated to lose your baby weight. It can be hard to find motivation. After all, you are so exhausted from taking care of a new baby. Additionally, you are most likely so very enamored by your little one that nothing else seems to matter to you. Think about some reasons that you do want to lose weight to help get your motivation going.
7. There is an Underlying Medical Issue
If you don’t think that your issue is any of the ones listed here, you might want to schedule an appointment with your doctor. It is possible that there is an underlying issue going on. Your doctor can rule that out. If you check out with a clean bill of health, they can also offer you some other weight loss suggestions.
These are some possible reasons you can’t lose the baby weight. Are you struggling with this? Which one do you think you are getting stumped on?