01/9The miracle of life
Continuity of life comes at a cost – weight gain. Although the process of giving life to another being is wonderful, many people get stressed over its outcome. Women who have just given birth are prone to gaining weight, as the body undergoes several changes to optimize foetal health. However, there is no need to fret, for losing postpartum weight may not be a complex procedure, and following few simple diet tips will help mothers get back in shape in no time.
02/9Load your body with water
Drinking water has been associated with weight loss. A study found that just by drinking one liter of water per day, women can lose upto 2 kgs in one year. Drinking even half a liter of water helps the body in burning more calories in the following hour. The more water you drink, the more you’ll feel satiated, therefore your appetite and calorie intake will be reduced. Water is essential for breastfeeding women for hydration and to replace fluids lost through milk production.
03/9Eat low calorie, healthy foods
It is a good idea to have multiple low calorie and small portioned meals rather than eating big, high calorie meals. Low calorie, healthy foods like vegetables and fruits should be eaten regularly as they provide wholesome nutrition and they keep you satiated, preventing the desire to overeat. Even if you are in the mood for a snack, opt for healthy snacking options like yogurt, salads, or fruits.
04/9Do not crash diet
Crash dieting is a fad that is not healthy for the body. It refers to losing weight in a short amount of time, and should be avoided by everyone, especially by women who just became mothers. After delivering, your body requires a lot of nutrition for healing and recovery, and if you are breastfeeding, you need more calories. Not only does crash dieting tamper with metabolism and hormone production, it also makes you more susceptible to gaining weight.
05/9Consume a lot of fiber
Studies have proven that eating fiber rich foods help in weight loss. Soluble fiber increases the duration of satiety by slowing down digestion and reducing hunger hormone levels. Additionally, upon fermentation, soluble fiber increases the level of cholecystokinin, the hormone responsible for fullness. Altogether, fibrous foods like vegetables, lentils, and grains may help reduce calorie intake by promoting fullness and satiety.
06/9Breastfeeding may help you lose weight quicker
Although breastfeeding in many ways benefits the baby, like providing nutrition and strengthening the immune system, it has also been shown to aid the mother in losing weight. A study of 4992 breastfeeding women found that women lost an average of 1.68 kgs more than non-breastfeeding women. However, breastfeeding to lose weight is a comparatively slower process, as there is little to no change in the first three months, and results are slow to show.
07/9Avoid sugars and refined carbs
Avoid added sugars and refined carbs. Foods like sodas, energy drinks, pasta, or cakes must be kept at bay as these foods are high in calories and low in nutrients. Moreover, a high intake of added sugar and refined carbs has been linked with weight gain, heart conditions, and diabetes.
08/9Avoid processed foods
Processed foods are unhealthy in general, which is more of a reason it should be avoided by mothers who have just given birth. Processed foods are high in sugar, saturated fats, and salt, all of which counteract weight loss efforts by encouraging more addictive eating behaviours. Stick to whole and nutrient dense foods instead.
Gaining weight after childbirth is normal. If you want to shed that weight, you can follow these diet tips to accelerate results. Just remember that weight loss is not an easy process and it will take time. Be patient, and watch yourself progress slowly and consistently. You can also consider exercising to boost your metabolism and make losing weight easier.