A healthy and balanced diet for losing weight after pregnancy

A healthy and balanced diet for losing weight after pregnancy

If you are at the stage where you urgently need to get your figure back, you need to change your eating habits to be successful in reaching your ideal weight again. Towards that end, following are some recommendations. You should not go on a diet immediately after giving birth because the best recuperation of your body needs some time. It is recommended that, at your six-week checkup, you ask your doctor if you can go on a diet that will allow you to lose weight. If you are breastfeeding your baby, it is recommended that you wait two months before going on a diet. Don't create false hopes that can frustrate you, because most likely your body will not go back to being exactly as it was before pregnancy. There are physical consequences that call for more radical treatment than a simple diet, such as a flat belly, excess skin, wider waist and hips, stretch marks. But don't lose sleep over this because what is important is that you be healthy and happy for your baby. There is no magic, but there is exercise. To lose weight you have to combine your diet with regular exercise. If you can, go to the gym for an hour each day; if not, exercise at home and in the neighborhood. Be sure to do exercises that burn fat and increase muscle mass and toning. That way not only will you lose weight but you will stay in shape and have energy. Healthy weight is achieved progressively so don't go on crash diets nor should you take diet pills to lose weight quickly. This can have a negative effect on your health, as well as have a yo-yo effect where you will re-gain not only the weight you lost but put on more. It is best to change your eating habits by consuming 1,200 calories daily; but if you are breastfeeding, your calorie intake should be higher, say between 1,800 and 2,700 daily. Skipping meals is the worst thing you can do. Even if you are rushed or believe that this is how you will lose weight, this is never recommended because your energy levels will decrease and you are creating an imbalance in your nourishment, and you might even put on more weight which is exactly what you don't want. Recommendations are that you eat at least five times a day, three good meals (where breakfast is the biggest and dinner the lightest), and two snacks, one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon. You are what you eat, so watch what you put in your mouth. Saturated or trans fats are enemies of your health – remove them altogether from your diet because they don't do either you or your baby any good. Choose healthy foods rich in proteins such as vegetables and fruits, meats, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Drink water, between 8 and 9 glasses daily. If you are not used to drinking that much liquid every day, keep track of your daily intake. Remember, unhealthful liquids high in calories include sodas, processed juices and other sweetened drinks that don't help your body stay healthy. Better still eliminate them totally from your diet.



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