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How to Get Rid of All The Flab Piled Up After Baby Birth

Question / Dilemma: A former Doordarshan anchor, wants to get rid of all the flab that she has piled up after baby birth. At 5’3”, she weighs 85 kgs, and needs to get rid of at least 25kg. “I feel sad looking at my old pictures. I loved western wear, but now I stick to salwar-kameez, as nothing fits me now,” she cribs.

Answer: Start the day with two glasses of water and drink 2-3 litres of water in a day to boost your metabolism. Stick to our diet plan, and exercise for at least 15 minutes a day. Reduce sugar and simple carbs in your diet. Skip the desserts and maida in your diet. Cut down on packaged food and have plenty of fruits, vegetables, lentils, and whole grains to get fibre.

Answered by Prachi Agarwal, first appeared in HT City (Hindustan Times), Get Healthy Delhi! campaign, where she is a Fitness Expert on the panel of health experts.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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4 Keys to Weight Loss for Women

There could be many reasons why women gain weight. The most common ones include sedentary lifestyle, emotional eating, therapeutic reasons, and poor eating habits. If you are a woman and are trying to lose weight then here 4 areas of your lifestyle that might help you keep off that weight. 

A healthy diet should include adequate intake of all the essential nutrients. For example, protein for muscles and hair, carbohydrates for energy, good fats like omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, fibre for smooth digestive function and vitamins and minerals for various bodily functions. A healthy diet is essential not just to stay disease free, but even to stay fit and slim. It is the first and most important step to healthy weight loss. Also, a healthy diet with make you look good externally, which will further motivate you and boost your confidence. 

Diet: We rarely realise the hundreds or thousands of calories that sneak in to our system through unhealthy nibbling, small dessert bites and unnecessary snacking. There has to be a certain eating pattern and moderation in intake of calories. Our bodies require a certain number of calories in order to maintain weight and fat levels. the calorie intake should not cross the number required. (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Post Pregnancy Weight Loss Tips

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..

Photo- Post Pregnancy Weight Loss (katsoulis@flickr)

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.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo