8 Must Know Tips to Lose Baby Weight
1. Focus on Eating Healthy Food rather Cutting Calories
Focus on eating healthy foods rather than starving yourself if you want to lose weight and keep it off. You need healthy food and nutrients to give you energy and to support your milk supply if you're breastfeeding.
Focus on Quality rather than Quantity.
Cut back on:
- Sugary snacks
- Fried food
- Highly processed grains like white bread and white pasta
- Soft drinks
- Fruit and veggies
- Raw, steamed and baked foods
- Wholegrains like brown rice, quinoa and brown pasta
- Drink plenty of water
2. Eat More Nutrients to avoid Craving Junk Food
When you don’t get enough nutrients your body sends “hungry messages” to your tummy urging you to eat more food when all you really need is more nutrients.
When you eat healthy food that gives your body enough nutrients you will naturally crave less junk food.
Try to "eat a rainbow" every day. Eating the rainbow involves eating fruits and vegetables of different colours every day. Plants contain different pigments, or phytonutrients, which give them their colour. Different-coloured plants are linked to higher levels of specific nutrients and health benefits. For example orange helps immune function and healthy eyes. Purple helps memory and healthy aging.
3. Eat Protein with Every Meal
Protein is the Queen of Fat Loss.
It keeps you feeling full and prevents cravings for sugar.
Protein also boosts your energy & helps your baby develop and grow new cells.
4. Eat smaller meals, more often
A Harvard Medical School report revealed eating smaller meals more often will prevent you from getting too hungry and overeating unhealthy foods.
Try not to skip meals. Skipping meals can make you more hungry later in the day which can lead to overeating anything in sight! It is easier to make healthy choices when you are not starving hungry.
Aim for breakfast, lunch, dinner plus a morning and an afternoon snack.
5. Keep Hydrated
Your body can actually mistake thirst for hunger, so make sure you drink enough to avoid overeating and weight gain.
The Australian Government Department of Health recommends 2 litres (about 8 cups) of fluid each day for women.
When you're breastfeeding, you need to keep hydrated to replace the fluid lost in breast milk.
Carry around a water bottle with you throughout the day to sip on.
6. Sweet Tooth?
Try fresh fruit or dried fruit with yoghurt to satisfy those sweet cravings.
And smoothies are are a great way to satisfy your sweet cravings and get a ton of nutrients in the one sitting.
7. Move More
If you've just had a baby you need to avoid strenuous exercise. Walking is an effective and safe form of exercise for new mums. Walking burns calories and releases "happy hormones" in your brain. Meet a friend for a walk rather than a coffee - or do both!
Look for ways you can move more throughout the day. Park further away from the supermarket or take the stairs rather than the lift.
When you move more it makes you feel good. And when you feel good it helps you to make healthy choices.
8. Consistency is Key
Consistency and building healthy habits is the key to your success.
We suggest to follow the 90/10 rule. Aim to be healthy for 90% of the time and you can indulge for 10%.
And don't worry if you slip up from time to time. The most important thing is that you get back on the wagon and keep going. No one ever succeeds by giving up!
You can do this! When there is a will, there is a way! Success can be yours!
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