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It can be tough to lose weight after baby, but losing weight after baby can be done with enough care and exercise. To lose after baby weight, a regular routine will be required. Simple exercises that can be done with baby nearby that do not take more than half an hour a day can be done while baby is napping.

To lose weight after baby, diet is key to success. Granted, while pregnant many women simply give in to their cravings and eat things they normally would not consider eating. The sheer number of calories taken in daily when pregnant is astounding. The average woman will take in up to 3,000 calories a day while pregnant. The average diet requires only 2,000 calories a day when not pregnant. To work off the extra 15-40 pounds of weight, losing weight after baby will require a little exercise, determination and diet.

To begin to lose after baby weight, start out with leg lifts. A woman's legs will generally not gain as much weight as the rest of the body, so it is easier to lose weight in the legs first. Sit on the couch or chair and raise the leg out directly in front of you and hold it for 10 seconds, then release. Do this a total of 15 times for each set you complete daily. You can start off with only 1 set a day and work your way up to 3 sets a day. To target the thighs, lie on your side and lift the leg straight up into the air and hold for 10 seconds, then lower the leg back down. Do not lay the leg back completely flat, but keep it raised about 3 inches off the floor or couch and begin the next repetition. Do a total of 15 of these for each set, and try to do only one set a day for the first few days so the muscles do not cramp. You can work up to doing 3 sets a day.

Crunches are a way to lose the tummy weight that most all women are stuck with after pregnancy. Lie on the floor and place a pillow under the small of your back for comfort. Place your hands behind your head and gently sit up. Lower yourself halfway back down into the lying position and then pull yourself back into the sitting position. This is one repetition. Complete as many repetitions as you can the first day and then try to add 5 to it by the end of the first week. You should try to do 2 sets of these repetitions during the second week and work your way up.

Diet is a great way of losing weight. Taking in less calories will help a mother to burn off fat and weight. The minimum amount of calories a new mother should take in is 1,500 as you will need strength and energy to care for your child. Fresh fruits and vegetables along with 1 small serving of meat daily will help to keep your strength up and will help to shed pounds.

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