Celebrity moms like Nicole Kidman and Heidi Klum- who lost all their pregnancy weight soon after delivery should not be good examples for post pregnancy weight loss. Post pregnancy, specially for breast feeding mothers, its important to ensure that you get appropriate nutrition, so that you can support yourself and your baby. Read on to understand..
At Fitho, we recommend healthy weight loss to be about 0.5 to 0.75 kg per week. To lose one pound per week, you need to create a deficit of 500 calories per day (either through diet or exercise). To reduce 500 calories from your daily calorie budget is not easy, so we recommend going on a proper post pregnancy weight loss plan, that will help you plan weight loss in a healthy way.
We don’t recommend crash diets at all. Besides being unhealthy for everyone, its worse for new mothers and their babies, since it deprives your body of basic nutritional requirements, affecting your health and that of the baby. The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care recently stated that mothers should take up to 1 year to lose their pregnancy weight. So, don’t hurry the weight loss. So, here are weight loss tips for post pregnancy:
Breast feed- Yes, breast feeding is great not just for your baby, but also for you to lose weight! It provides essential nutrients for the baby, and since its providing it from the mother’s body, it increases your calorie expenditure, thus helping weight loss!
Manage your diet- Before the baby was born, many mothers can eat whatever. But once the baby is born, if you want to lose weight, you need to watch your diet. Don’t underfeed yourself, but watch what you eat.
Exercise- As your strength returns, try to get some light exercise. As you build up strength and stamina, increase the duration and intensity of your exercise. Ensure that you get a customized exercise plan, so that you don’t overexert your body. Building some muscle will help you look toned as well, since muscle fiber is dense and helps burn calories and thus lose weight. See how Tanya lost her pregnancy weight.
After your pregnancy, it is important to lose weight the healthy way- get on a proper post pregnancy weight loss plan.Author Information — this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo