So you’ve just had your baby after a long nine months, and you can barely find the time to brush your hair let alone join a gym and prep your weekly meals. We’ve been there too, and this is why we are giving you some real life advice to help you get back on track and lose the baby pounds efficiently.

You’ll be happy to hear that the first thing you can do to lose weight post baby doesn’t require any moving or extra effort at all. Breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories per day, not to mention it has profound benefits on your baby’s health and also creates a unique emotional bond at the first stages of you baby’s life.

Your baby will of course be your top priority at the first stages of it’s life, but the reality is you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.

“Determination to your own self and your health is the single most important thing when it comes to going back to your pre-baby self. You can follow the most epic workout routine or eat close to nothing each day, but if you don’t believe in yourself and take care of your body at a mental level too, then what is the point really? I am a true believer that taking care of your mind is just as important as drinking those green juices (which are pretty great for weight loss too, if I’m honest)” – Anonymous

Speaking of green juices, what you eat will play a huge role in how fast you lose those stubborn baby pounds. It can be tempting to catch up on much needed sleep once your baby finally takes a nap, but use this valuable time to prep your meals for the few days ahead so that you always have something healthy to eat. Minimizing the presence of processed foods and candy in your house will also ensure that you eat wholesome food most of the time. If you really can’t find the time to do all of this yourself, do not be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help. Most mothers and friends will be happy to help in any way possible, so ask them to cook you a few healthy freezer friendly meals for you to nourish your body with.

“It took me a while to get back to being motivated. Finding the right exercises for me took some time to find until I joined the BeFit challenge. It worked wonders for me. I lost 10kg in 6 weeks! The motivation came from the coaches and from the other people in the class with me. I of course followed the eating program that I was assigned according to my BMI. I also found saving motivational quotes and the ‘perfect body’ images on my home and lock screen kept me going! Honestly it’s always hard to just start the first few days, but after that the days just roll on and day by day I saw changes that kept me going on for longer. When you actually learn more about ingredients of what to have and what’s a big Fat NO, it’s easier for you to live a healthier lifestyle! And of course, if you do that for yourself then you get your little ones to live a healthier lifestyle to.” – Hana Elawadi from the Motherhood blog FrecklesNFro

Another insider tip we have for you is to wear gym clothes all day. Not only are yoga leggings much more comfortable than jeans, this simple step will mean that you are ready to get on your mat and do a quick workout routine whenever you get a few spare minutes. We all know that as a new mom your daily routine will be far from regular, so it is important for you to be flexible and workout whenever you get the chance. Even if that means doing a 7am 15 minute HIIT session one day and 30 minutes on the treadmill before you go to bed the next. It’s better than nothing, right?

Finally, remember that you did not gain all of the pregnancy weight immediately, so don’t expect to lose it right away either. Be patient, be committed, and cut yourself some slack. All straight from real moms’ mouths!