Nutritional therapist Hannah Kaye gives advice on post-baby weight loss. Here’s what you should know.
Heidi Klum may have strutted the Victoria’s Secret catwalk just two months after giving birth, but the post-baby weight-loss pattern is different for every new mom.
Celebrities with unlimited financial resources and personal trainers on hand may be able to shed their pregnancy kilos within weeks of giving birth – but that doesn’t necessarily make it healthy.
Here’s what you need to know about shedding those post-pregnancy kilos:
1. Fad diets don’t work
There is no miracle diet to help you shed your baby weight. Commit to following a nutrient dense diet, which will help you lose weight safely and keep it off.
2. Don’t skip meals
Many new moms forget to eat, but fasting is definitely not advisable. Skipping meals won’t help you lose weight. It will only guarantee you less energy.
3. Eat smaller meals, more frequently
Aim to eat five to six meals per day, even if most of these are snacks. This will help to balance your blood sugar levels, which will prevent cravings for high-sugar and carb-rich foods.
4. Don’t skip breakfast
Starting the day with a proper meal will give you much-needed energy for the rest of the day. It will also help your mood.
5. Eat lots of proteins
You should be having protein at every meal and snack. Instead of reaching for a piece of bread or a rusk when hunger strikes, choose a boiled egg, some chicken slices, hummus or nuts and seeds. Protein will help regulate your blood sugar levels and keep you fuller for longer.
6. Drink lots of water
You should be drinking at least 1.5 litres of water per day, and more if you’re breastfeeding. Adults, like children, often confuse being thirsty with being hungry. Keep bottles of water in every room of your house and keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration contributes to fatigue, which will make you crave unhealthy carbs. Water also helps to flush out the fat when you’re losing weight. If your urine is dark yellow, you need to drink more water.
Exercising is the best way to lose your baby weight. Not only will exercise help you burn excess calories, but the endorphins that are released during physical activity will boost your mood. A brisk 15-minute walk is better than no walk at all.
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