16 Tips To Help You Safely Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

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If you’re hoping to lose weight, you probably want to focus on the cardio, hoping to burn away that extra fat as quickly as possible. But what you really need is balance; cardio is great for the sweat factor, but strength training has an important place in any weight loss exercise plan, too. Why? Because, simply put, having more muscle means you burn more calories throughout the rest of the day. Lean muscle mass means that literally everything else you do will burn more calories than it otherwise would. Plus, having some muscles will come in handy as your little one gets bigger; you’ll be carrying them around periodically for the next few years, after all, so make sure your strength grows accordingly.

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