Your skinny jeans do not have to be a thing of the past. You can get back into them but you will need a little time. The process of giving birth has taken its toll on your body and you should allow your body the proper time it needs to heal.
The first mistake anyone trying to lose weight makes is usually by setting their expectations too high. What this means is that there is this stigma that once you are on a ‘diet’ you should start magically dropping pounds. This often does not occur.
Unrealistic goals that are set will only be met with disappointment. When a person is disappointment they are more likely to quit. You may see yourself reducing the number of calories you eat, but you are more likely to overeat the next time you decide to go for a little cheat.
It is a simple formula, expectations set too high means a high risk of failure. So, if you truly want to put away the maternity wear set reasonable goals. Realistic goals give you higher chances of success. Before you proceed to make any changes to your dietary intake make sure you are in doing so on the advice of your trusted physician.
Arrange your goals so that that are in small increments of fat loss. Be realistic and aim to lose only 10 percent of your overall body fat as a starter goal. This is an achieveable goal and you can work toward it easier than you would if you were considering a larger number of body fat loss.
A healthy way to lose weight is to drop between 1-2 pounds on a weekly basis. This means that you have to put your numbers in perspective. If you have 25 pounds to lose you should give yourself at least three months to steadily lose this weight. You can do this by exercising more or eating less, or both. Aim to burn between 500-1000 calories per day.
Whenever you reach a small milestone make sure you celebrate it. Do not wait until you have completely reached your long term weight loss goal. Celebrate the small successes when you achieve them. For instance, celebrate each 5 pounds lost. This will remind you that you are doing a great job working toward your larger goal.
Keeping a journal that documents what you are eating and how you are exercising will help you along your journey as well. You will begin to notice as your food lists get healthier and your exercise routine gets longer as you get stronger. These steps will help you retire those pregnancy clothes permanently (or at least another pregnancy) behind that unused portable space heater that you have tucked away with the rest of your unusables.