How To Lose The Weight Naturally While Breastfeeding:
Focus on hunger cures:The first tip is to pay attention to your hunger cues. Many new, breastfeeding mamas eat and snack out of habit more than hunger. This is such a simple step that can have a dramatic impact on your weight loss. If you find yourself enjoying a snack while breastfeeding, but you aren't actually hungry, then it is probably best to skip the snack and chew some gum instead. Being home with a newborn can also mean more mindless snacking. There is a lot of down time, where you can't get a whole lot done, but you can grab a snack as a fun break in between all the newborn work. Once baby is ready, try getting out of the house more, or finding lower calories drinks to sip on rather than eating. You can also set specific eating times, rather than allowing yourself to eat all the time. By eating at specific times, you will learn when your body is naturally hungry, and when it isn't. Learning your hunger cues does take some time, and mental connection, but it is so much easier than following a strict diet or elimination plan. If your body is actually hungry, that means it is ready for nutrients, which leads us into the next tip.
Focus on nourishing food - rather than cravings:It is extremely important to consume nourishing foods while breastfeeding. Nutrient demands are much higher during breastfeeding and postpartum healing, so you need to put quality food into your body. What are nutrient-dense foods? Stay focused on lean protein, veggies, fruits, and natural carbohydrate sources like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, quinoa and seed-based breads. Nuts, seeds and beans are great too. Dairy can be a wonderful source of protein, though some babies are more sensitive to dairy proteins in breast milk. Go for lower fat dairy products like Greek yogurt and cottage cheese. Low-fat dairy will have higher protein per serving, and lower fat, making it a good source of protein, which is essential for weight loss! Our Milk Dust lactation protein powder is an amazing, protein-rich and nutrient-dense food that is also full of specific nutrients for breastfeeding. Milk Dust is specifically formulated to help new moms properly nourish their body, while also being able to lose weight. By offering 16 grams of protein per serving, and only 100 calories, you can drink Milk Dust in between meals mixed with milk, or as a full smoothie.
Making nutrient-dense meals can be overwhelming and too much work with a newborn, which is why making a one-handed smoothie is often a wonderful solution! We highly recommend grabbing one of our sample packs, so you can see how Milk Dust will work for you! We've specially formulated it to ease sugar cravings, make you feel full, and boost your milk supply while you drop weight. Every time you feel hunger start setting in, make sure that you are choosing foods that will benefit your body and milk supply. Rather than a carb-heavy sandwich or bowl of cereal because it sounds good, think about 80% of your meal of snack being full of fruits, veggies and lean proteins. By filling your meals and snacks with nutrient-dense foods, there is less room for sugary or snacky foods that often lead to excess calories. By eating mainly nourishing foods only when you are actually hungry, your body will adjust to less calories, feel more nourished, and be able to let go of excess fat naturally. What about exercise? Well, the key is to move often throughout the day, rather than just a 30 min workout a few times a week.
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