your thighs won’t touch if you have my head between them
1. Blind Girl with Dolls (1990)
2. New York (1987)
3. New York (1987)
4. Foxes’ Masquerade, New Orleans, Louisiana (1993-4)
5. Condomble, Initiation Trance, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (1980)
6. Valentine Boxes, Chattanooga, Tennessee (1976)
Pounds gained during pregnancy can be challenging to drop after the baby is born. A lack of time and energy makes exercise difficult, and the convenience of an unhealthy diet becomes tempting. With a change in mindset, and just a little bit of preparation, you can lose those pesky pounds at a healthy pace…
A major obstacle for anyone who is trying to lose weight is the snack factor. Pretzels, snack bars, and crackers will increase your blood sugar. These refined carbohydrate munchies spike your insulin, which then leads to stubborn body fat.
Eating high-protein snacks, like nuts and nut butters, canned tuna, or that leftover steak from last night’s dinner, are excellent ways to keep your blood sugar at optimal levels. Foods high in protein make you feel more satisfied for longer periods of time, reducing the urge to chow down on a bag of potato chips.
Say No to Soft Drinks
For a quick way to lose weight, stop drinking soda. Sodas, both regular and diet, are a hindrance to any weight-loss plan.
According to other sources, a regular 12-ounce soft drink contains eight teaspoons of sugar. Even one can per day is full of unhealthy calories and sets you on a path to insulin resistance.
Artificial sweeteners fail, not only in helping people to lose weight, but also in their ability to satisfy sweet-cravings. The sweeteners found in diet sodas trick the brain into performing a search for calories. Since the calories are missing, the result is an increase in appetite.
A soda habit is tough to break, but not impossible. An added squeeze of citrus fruit can turn plain old water into a refreshing drink. Herbal teas, such as peppermint or raspberry, can make water more palatable. If you are breastfeeding, make sure any teas you use are safe for the baby.
Avoid Processed Foods
Although it is difficult to avoid the quick microwavable meals when time and energy are at an all-time low, they do not promote a healthy diet or weight loss. Fresh meats, vegetables, and fruits are all wholesome foods that provide your body with essential nutrients. Avoid breads, pastas, and potatoes: these items have a high glycemic index, which leads to elevated blood sugar levels and increased body fat.
Trans-fat is just one of the damaging ingredients that is contained in a variety processed foods. Food manufacturers are allowed to label an item as “trans-fat free” if the amount of trans-fat falls below .5 grams. They will often reduce serving sizes in order to add the “trans-fat free” label. If an ingredient list includes any type of hydrogenated oil, the product contains trans-fat. These artificial fats have been linked to increased weight gain and serious health issues.
Walk it Off
People often discredit the effectiveness of a brisk walk as a means of exercise when, in reality, walking offers the same benefits as jogging. It is simple to add a walk to your daily routine: there is no need for special equipment, you don’t need to drive to the gym, and, weather permitting, you can do it at your own convenience.
Put your baby in a carrier or stroller, and take a fast-paced 30-minute walk at the park or around your neighborhood. If you have someone to watch the baby, you might also use this time to be alone and regroup.
Be patient with yourself in the weeks and months that follow your baby’s birth. When it comes to weight-loss, what works for one person does not necessarily work for another. Each person has different genes, body types, rates of metabolism, and other physiological factors, so some women will have an easier time than others. Make good food choices while including some physical activity in your daily routine, and you will reach your weight-loss goals.
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This is possibly the coolest baby picture ever. Love how the parents are in the reflection!