9 Easy Ways to Lose the Baby Weight

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If you’re like most new moms, your little bundle of joy arrived along with a little bundle of leftover baby weight. And in your sleep-deprived, hormonally-charged state, you might be concerned that you’ll never have the time or energy to lose the baby weight. That’s one worry you can nix right now: You may be able to lose a good chunk of the baby weight without spending hours sweating at the gym and counting calories. As a busy new mom, loads of tasks that you do every day burn a significant amount of calories that all go towards helping you to lose weight — without even realizing it. Not convinced? Check out how many calories you’ll burn doing these routine activities. Try to squeeze in just a tad more of your favorites every day and you just might find the pounds melt away. [Note that calorie counts are based on a person who weighs 150 pounds. If you weigh more, you’ll burn more. If you weigh less, you’ll burn less.]

Baby-focused activities:

Breastfeeding: If you nurse your baby exclusively, you can count on burning an average of 500 calories per day — all while sitting down! Don’t forget to stay hydrated and eat a mix of fruits, vegetables, dairy and lean protein to ensure you keep your nutrient levels high, which is key for both your health and your baby’s.PUBLICITÉ

Walking and carrying your baby: Taking your baby for a walk is one of the healthiest things you can do for your mind and body: It gets you both out of the house for fresh air, it stimulates your senses and it’s great exercise. If you carry your baby with you on a walk, you’ll burn about 238 calories per hour depending on your weight and your infant’s size. Schedule a few strolls with your newborn every week and soon the only baby weight you’ll be carrying is, well, your baby!Continue Reading Below

Mom duty: Bathing your baby, changing her diapers, dressing her and playing together all do more than help you bond. These routine tasks involve lots of bending down, picking up, and moving around — which means they burn between 170 and 204 calories per hour. Tally up all of your active hours on mom duty and you’ll see some major weight loss (now that’s a new way to look at diaper changes!).