Three Tips To Lose Weight After Pregnancy
Youve probably heard or tried lots of weight loss tips or secrets and found that none of them worked. And its true that there is a lot of bad advice floating around so you need to be careful what you choose to follow.
You may think that losing weight after pregnancy is going to take a long daily workout at the gym, possibly combined with eating nothing but celery and lettuce for a month. Thankfully, you dont have to do anything so drastic to lose that pregnancy weight. You will, however, have to be prepared to make some small changes to how, where and what you eat. You may have already made some changes to your diet throughout the pregnancy and after the birth, especially if you are breastfeeding, so implementing a few simple changes shouldnt be too difficult.
Here are three simple tips that dont require a lot of effort and are guaranteed to work if you follow them.
1. Be selective in what you eat
When you do your shopping each week, spend more time in the fresh foods section and less in the processed foods areas of the supermarket. (Oh, and dont go shopping when you ae hungry!) You dont have to eliminate processed foods entirely but it is wise to reduce the quantity of processed foods as they contain lots of sugar and salt both of which are not good if you want to lose weight (for different reasons which Ill talk about in another post).
Being selective applies not just to groecery shopping but to what you chose to eat when you are at work or out and about. You might have heaps of salad vegetables at home but if you are eating cheeseburgers and fries for lunch, you are not going to see any weight loss!
2. Dont Eat Out
And Avoid Fast Food. When you eat out, you dont have any control over how the food is prepared and what is in it. Much commercially prepared food, particularly fast food, is higher in fats (especially the bad transfats) and sugars than what you would prepare for yourself at home. Also, when you eat out, you want to get your moneys worth so you tend to eat more than you should. Of course, Im not saying you should never eat out. But if you are in the habit of eating out 2 or 3 times a week, try not eating out at all for a month or two and see how much your weight drops.
3. Serve Yourself Smaller Portions
It is better to put less on your plate and have seconds if you really have to, than to serve up huge portions every meal and eat it all. Pay particular attention to how much you put on your plate and what it is. It can help to keep a food or calorie diary. When you put large portions on your plate you feel obliged to eat it all so that you dont waste it. Generally, you end up consuming much more than you need. Serve smaller portions on and eat slowly. Eating slowly helps with digestion and gives your body time to send the full signal so you no longer feel hungry and thus are less likely to overeat. And eating slowly allows you to enjoy your food longer.
There is nothing earth shattering or radical about any of these tips but they do work if you apply them consistently.
The amount you lose will depend on the weight you started from and the degree of change to your current diet. Keep in mind that you need to eat healthily if you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. If you have any concerns about your diet you should consult a professional nutritionist or health care practioner.