RVA Parenting: Best ways to drop the baby weight

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - If you've just had a baby, congratulations! You brought a wonderful, beautiful child into the world. It wasn't easy on you or your body. You're probably sleep deprived and feeling a little over-extended. Not to mention, you're probably still wearing those maternity clothes you've been wearing for weeks.

If you're ready to kick those to the curb and drop the baby weight, but you're not quite sure how to get started or whether its even humanly possible, this is for you. Before we share all those tips, we want to be clear: this is a conversation about dropping the weight safely and in a healthy way. Be sure to check with a doctor before starting any new exercise plan.

Erica Porter is a fitness guru with a website, a training plan- even her own gym. It's called Endorphasm.  And she says taking care of yourself- however that is, is important as well. Don't forget that.

"I think as women and after having a child, we do everything necessary to care for the child," said Porter, a mother herself.  "In doing that, we neglect ourselves. Just say you know the house doesn't have to be spotless. The laundry is going to be there. Let's do what's necessary to take care of ourselves, so we can better take care of our families."

She says to start with eating healthy and committing to just 20 minutes of movement, even if it's just a stroll down the street, or some lunges during nap time.

"Strap your baby on or put the baby in the stroller and then go for a walk," said Porter. "Things as simple as that help you get back to where you need to be. And where you feel good."

Remember, she says, it took nine months to gain the weight, so give yourself some time to lose it, too.

"You don't need a gym and you certainly don't need a trainer," said Porter. "You really need this amount of space in order to be active and to do something.  Or you need the great outdoors."

Porter also say it's not just about losing weight. The important thing is taking care of your body and feeling healthy- then the weight will come off in time. But she says, what you're eating is key to losing baby weight.

"Diet is 99 percent of it," said Porter. "People will tell you it's a half diet and it's really. As far as our bodies go, it's almost 100 percent nutrition. If you want to change your body, that's where the gym or working out is. To me, you should never use the gym or exercise as a weight loss tool because if you can't get to the gym, then how do you manage it? :What you do is manage it through your nutrition."

Erica Porter also provided Sarah with some easy exercises you can do at home, quickly, without any equipment, and in a small space. Click here to watch the workout tips so you can try them at home.

We also just launched an RVA Parenting Facebook group! Erica will join us at 7 p.m. to answer your questions about fitness, nutrition, and losing the baby weight. Go ahead and join and post your questions now- or ask Erica live at 7 p.m.

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