Postpartum Weight-loss Mistakes and Easy Fixes

Postpartum Weight-loss Mistakes and Easy Fixes


I am doing well. Today I had one yoghurt for breakfast, toast with banana for lunch and now I am 3 minutes into my first cardio workout. I can do it. Why in the world, I feel so weak? I think I am going to faint in the moment. I am jumping, yes! I am unstoppable. Ow dear. I feel sick. I need to lie down. OK, I have enough.

I look at my watch – 4, 5 minutes. Really? It felt like eternity. What is wrong with me? For pick sake, I was active whole pregnancy.

That is for real how I felt during my first cardio attempt after childbirth. I have made many mistakes as a first time mom, but have learned, what to do and what to avoid being effective in postpartum weight loss.


Does it sound familiar? Is that what happened to you? Are you trying to lose weight for a while now and nothing works?


Here are 7 reasons why you might not be successful on post-partum weight loss and how to fix it;

  1. Crunches will get my belly flat


Even if you do 100 crunches a day it will not take fat from your belly. The only way to lose fat from your belly is to lose fat from entire body. If you want to lose fat, your body temperature needs be high enough to trigger metabolic effects necessary for burning fat. Start performing exercises to set your body on fire. Think circuit training, cardio intervals, high intensity workouts.


  1. Cutting carbs is the answer to postpartum weight loss


Everyone keeps saying that carbs are bad for your diet. Did any of those people have told you that consuming carbs is good for your metabolism?  Probably not.

There is strong evidence that if you eat too much carbs – you will burn off the excess. But, yet, if you will eat too much FAT it will stay in your body.

Our bodies are design to use carbohydrate over fat.

So, as you can see it is not carbs but fatty extras, which you eat, are a big problem here.

There would be no low carb diet and no income to it founders if everyone knew that carbs could help you boost your metabolism. Simple.

  1. More exercise will help you to burn more

No. Do short but intense workout.

  1. I do not need to plan my menu


When hunger will strike and you are not prepared, that is when unhealthy decisions are made. Find a minute or two each day and plan what you are going to eat following day. 3 main meal and 2 snacks. You can plan further, few days or even for a whole week. Once on paper you can see where the problem might be. Find it, fix it.


  1. To lose weight you need to cut calories


One common myth behind dieting is that the more calories you cut from your diet, the more weight you will lose. No. By eating five or six small meals throughout the day, you are able to achieve a higher metabolic rate than by eating two or three large meals. If you will cut calories, your body will go into “starvation mode’.

This means that instead of burning calories, your metabolism shuts off, and stores all food as fat. Your body is not sure when it will be fed next, and therefore the metabolism stops working. You can gain weight then. Easy fix- eat 5 small meals a day, snack fresh fruits.

  1. Compensating exercise with food

You think, that 30-minute run will compensate pizza in the evening. No. usually first thing after finishing your exercise that you would do is to eat- a lot. Stop, and go back to point 4. Plan. Include your post-workout snacks. Do not go spontaneously.

  1. Cutting out all snacks can help you lose weight

That will depend what kind of snack you are cutting. If that is a few bags of crisps or chocolate cookie then yes. If its fruit then no. healthy snacks, like raspberries, strawberries even some nuts are good for you.


Dear ladies we all want our bodies back fast. Unfortunately, it does not work like that. Our bodies need time to recover and then get back to normal. Do not stress it out; do not look for quick fix solutions. Focus on your baby and eat smart.

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