The Number One Best Tips For Weight Loss And Breastfeeding

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Hello Mamas! After having your baby, you are happy that everything is going well. But you look into the mirror and you do not like what you see. Or your spouse might even make a smart remark about your weight, in a joking way. It hurts because you know that it is not easy to get off.

I want you to know that the weight that you have now did not just pop up. Hence, it will not go away just like that. So patience is a key factor in your weight loss journey. I know taking care of a newborn and also attending to the needs of the family is not easy.

 

I am going to help you discover the number one best tips to loose weight after baby arrives.

  • Our topics will include
     What is baby fat?
  • Keep crash diets out of your life
  • Breastfeeding is a plus
  •  Watch what you eat and drink
  • Eat foods with lots of protein
  •  Healthy snacks are your friends
  • Leave added sugar out of your life
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Exercise regularly with resistance training
  •  Stay hydrated
  •  Get enough sleep
  • Seek support
  • Intermittent fasting and pregnancy
  • Intermittent fasting and breastfeeding

Lets get started….

1. What is baby fat?

Women who are carrying one infant and are within a healthy weight range should gain 25 to 35 pounds (11.5 to 16 kg) during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pregnant women who are underweight, overweight, or carrying multiple infants should acquire weight at a varied rate. To find out how much weight you should acquire, use the interactive calculators at the Institute of Medicine/National Academies.
Depending on your specific needs, your healthcare experts may provide a different advice.

Pregnancy weight growth is made up of the following components, according to research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology:

  • blood
  • the infant
  • amniotic fluid from the placenta
  • tissue of the breast
  • uterine enlargement is a condition in which the uterus grows larger.
  • additional fat deposits

The additional fat serves as a source of energy during childbirth and lactation. Excess weight growth, on the other hand, might lead to an excessive amount of fat. This is what is commonly referred to as “baby weight,” and it is extremely common.

According to the CDC, over half of all pregnant women acquire more weight than is recommended during pregnancy.

The following are some of the effects of retaining some of this additional weight after pregnancy:

The following list provides evidence-based tips to help you lose the extra pounds.

2.Keep crash diets out of your life

This may be a hard one to swallow. We all love crash diets because we want a quick fix right? Sooner than later we find that we take the weight off but come to find out we are right back to square one. and in some cases we add more weight on. This can be very discouraging.

Crash diets are extremely low-calorie diets designed to help you lose a significant amount of weight in the shortest length of time.

Your body requires proper nutrients to heal and recuperate after giving birth. Furthermore, according to the CDC, breastfeeding requires more calories than usual.

A low-calorie diet is likely to be deficient in essential nutrients and will leave you exhausted. This is the exact opposite of what you need when caring for a newborn and presumably sleep-deprived.

Assuming your weight is currently steady, cutting your daily calorie intake by 500 calories will result in a safe weight loss of roughly 1.1 pounds. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this amount of weight loss is considered safe for breastfeeding women.
A woman who consumes 2,000 calories per day, for example, could eat 300 fewer calories and burn an additional 200 calories through exercise, resulting in a total reduction of 500 calories. So remember crash diets are only temporary.

3. Get a plan implemented

Maintain a realistic perspective on your objectives.
Losing weight after pregnancy takes time, despite what magazines and celebrity stories would have you believe.

According to a 2015 study, 75% of women were heavier one year after giving birth than they were before being pregnant. At the one-year mark, 47 percent of these women had gained at least 10 pounds, and 25 percent had gained at least 20 pounds.
Depending on how much weight you acquired during pregnancy, you should expect to shed roughly 10 pounds over the next 1 to 2 years (4.5 kg). You may end up a few pounds heavier than you were pre-pregnancy if you gain more weight.

Of course, you should be able to attain any healthy degree of weight loss that your doctor approves of with a solid eating plan and exercise. Sit down and work out a workable  schedule that suits you.

4. Breastfeeding is a plus

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all promote breastfeeding. Breastfeeding your kid during the first six months (or longer) provides numerous advantages for both you and your child:

Breast milk, according to the WHO (The World Health Organization), contains all of the nutrients a baby needs to grow and thrive in the first six months of life.
Aids the immunological system of the infant: Antibodies in breast milk help your infant fight infections and bacteria.
Breastfed babies having a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, respiratory problems, and ear infections than those who are not breastfed.

Breastfeeding can also help you lose weight after you’ve given birth, according to study. I know it personally helped me and many of my clients.

However, you may have minimal weight loss or even gain during the first three months of nursing. This is related to increased calorie requirements and consumption, as well as decreased physical activity, during breastfeeding.

5. Watch what you eat and drink

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With all the temptations out there this one was a real challenge for me. What about you?

Calorie counting isn’t for everyone, we understand that. If intuitive eating isn’t working for you, tracking calories can help you figure out how much you’re eating and where any issue areas in your diet are.

It can also assist you in ensuring that you are consuming enough calories to meet your energy and nutrition requirements.

This can be accomplished by using the following methods:

food journaling

photographing your meal to keep a record of what you’ve eaten

using a calorie counter app on your phone

For added accountability, share your daily calorie intake with a friend who is also keeping track. Weight loss is aided by smaller portion sizes and healthier dietary choices.

6. Eat foods with lots of protein

According to studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, including protein in your diet can enhance metabolism, reduce appetite, and lower calorie intake.

Protein has a larger “thermic” effect than other nutrients, according to studies. That means it takes more energy for the body to digest it than other foods, resulting in more calories lost.

Protein can also control appetite by raising the fullness hormones GLP and GLP-1 and decreasing the hunger hormone ghrelin, according to Research. Less hunger hormones equals less irritability!

Healthy protein sources include:

7. Healthy snacks are your friends

 

What you eat is influenced by the things you have on hand. When you’re looking for something to eat in the cupboard, a healthy alternative is ideal.

You can ensure that you have something healthy on hand when the mood hits by storing up on healthy snacks.

Here are a few you should have on hand:

  • mixed nuts and dried fruit
  • chopped vegetables
  • hummus
    Air-popped popcorn
  • Greek yogurt and homemade granola
  • cheese on a string
    seasoned nuts
    snacks made of seaweed
    The mere presence of fruit on the counter has been linked to a lower BMI, according to research (BMI). Research shows that just keeping fruit out on the counter has been associated with a lower body mass index (BMI).

     

    Likewise, a comparative study showed that having unhealthy foods out on the counter is associated with increased weight. Pro tip: Keep processed foods and sweets out of the kitchen, or even better, out of the house.

    We’re loving these healthy snack ideas for the office, the pantry, or wherever you go.

8.Leave added sugar out of your life

Did you know there are many people who are addicted to sugar?  Yes I was one of them. Sugar and processed carbs are heavy in calories and frequently lacking in nutrients, despite their allure. There are also some healthy and delectable options.

A high diet of added sugar and processed carbohydrates has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, various malignancies, and even cognitive deterioration in studies.

Added sugars can be found in a variety of places, including:

  • biscuits
  • sugary beverages
  • juice made from fruits
  • refined sugar of any kind
  • pastries
  • flour (white)
  • spreads of sweetness
  • cakes

Read the food labels when you’re shopping at the grocery store. If sugar is listed as one of the initial components, the product is typically best avoided.

Avoiding processed meals and sticking to whole foods like vegetables, legumes, fruits, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and yogurt is a simple way to limit your sugar intake. 

The majority of Americans consume far too much sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that males consume no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day and women consume no more than 6 teaspoons.

However, the majority of us get more than double that. The national average for sugar consumption is 20 teaspoons per day. Now that’s a lot of sugar!

9.Avoid alcohol

Small doses of alcohol, such as a glass of red wine, have been proven to provide some health benefits in studies.

When it comes to weight loss, however, alcohol adds calories without providing much nutrients.

Alcohol may also contribute to weight gain by causing additional fat to be stored around the organs, known as belly fat.

There is no known safe level of alcohol for infants, according to research. According to the CDC, the safest option for newborns is for breastfeeding women to refrain from drinking at all.

When you’re in the mood to celebrate, choose an unsweetened flavored sparkling water that’s low in sugar.

10. Exercise regularly with resistance training

Moving your body has numerous advantages in general, but it can specifically help you lose weight. Walking, jogging, running, cycling, and interval training are examples of cardio exercises that help you burn calories while also providing several health benefits.

Exercise improves heart health, lowers the risk and severity of diabetes, and may lower the risk of various forms of cancer, according to the CDC.

Although exercise by itself may not help you lose weight, a study of eight research found that exercise combined with adequate nutrition can help you lose weight.

People who combined diet and exercise, for example, dropped an average of 3.7 pounds (1.72 kg) more than those who only dieted, according to the study.

Aerobic exercise is especially crucial for fat loss and heart health, according to the CDC. So even going for a walk can help you lose weight and improve your health.

Your pelvic and abdominal areas, especially if you had a cesarean delivery, require time to recover after delivery.
The style of delivery, if there were any issues, how fit you were before and throughout pregnancy, and how you feel in general determine how long after childbirth you can safely begin exercising. Your healthcare provider will assist you in determining the best time for you.

Resistance training:

Aerobic exercise is especially crucial for fat loss and heart health, according to the CDCTrusted Source. So even going for a walk can help you lose weight and improve your health.

Weight lifting and other forms of resistance training can help you reduce weight while maintaining muscular mass.

A combination of nutrition and resistance training has been determined to be the most effective way for losing weight and increasing heart health, according to research.

It can be tough to find time to exercise with a baby, but there are gyms that provide classes for moms and babies (both in person and online! ), as well as YouTube videos and smartphone apps that can help. Here are some simple exercises to help you.

11. Stay hydrated

Friends, keep hydrated. Anyone attempting to reduce weight should drink plenty of water. Choosing water over a single 20-ounce sweetened beverage will save you 240 calories, according to the CDCTrusted Source.

A 2016 study found that drinking water can help you lose weight by increasing your sense of fullness and stimulating your metabolism.

Not all scientists, however, agree. According to another study, there is no definite link between drinking water and losing weight.

Staying hydrated is critical for nursing mothers to restore the fluids lost during milk production.

Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water is a common suggestion from health officials.

12. Get enough sleep

You’re well aware that this will be a difficult task. That small one requires your attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, you will benefit from doing everything you can to obtain enough rest.

Sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain. Sleep deprivation has been linked to retaining more weight after pregnancy, according to a study by Trusted Source.
This link could apply to all adults. A meta-analysis of 11 research discovered a strong link between insufficient sleep and obesity.
It might be difficult for new mothers to get adequate sleep. Asking for aid from family and friends, as well as restricting caffeine use, are two strategies that may be beneficial.
Remember this: Your health is equally as crucial as your child’s so take good care of yourself.

13. Seek support and get help

For some people, weight loss in a group setting might be beneficial. An examination of the research showed that people who participate in group-based weight loss lose more, or at least as much, weight as those who lose weight alone.
Both face-to-face and online weight loss groups may be beneficial.
However, a study involving 16,000 patients indicated that group weight loss had no statistically significant effect when compared to other weight loss strategies.

Don’t be hesitant to get help if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, or if you’re simply having trouble coping. To allow you to rest or get some exercise, enlist the support of friends and relatives to help you around the house, prepare meals, or watch the baby for a few hours.

14. Intermittent fasting, and pregnancy  

Pregnancy

In the wellness sector, intermittent fasting is one of the most popular diets. It’s not the greatest or safest solution for many people, like many other wellness trends that gain hold. This includes women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Dr. Sanaz Ghazal, an OB/GYN at Rise Fertility, explains, “Intermittent fasting is a dieting method in which you limit your calorie consumption to a specific window of time each day.” “However, fasting is not generally recommended for pregnant women.”. Seek your doctor’s recommendations  for what you should do. There are many reasons why intermittent fasting is not suitable for pregnant women:

  1. Your milk supply could be jeopardized
  2. Can cause low blood sugar
  3. Dr Ghazal says, “Intermittent fasting can potentially increase the risk of nutritional or vitamin deficiencies that can affect fetal development and even increase your risk of pregnancy complications,” she says.
  4.  May increase risk for preterm or premature birth.

15. Intermittent fasting and pregnancy

Pregnancy

One major concern is that depriving the body of meals for extended periods of time may result in decreased milk production. “IF by itself is unlikely to cause a decrease in milk supply,” explains registered nurse Kealy Hawk.

“Studies have shown that the amount of milk produced is the same. Malnourished moms in developing nations can also produce enough breast milk for their children.” While the findings are intriguing, it’s worth emphasizing that the study focused on women fasting during Ramadan rather than more typical types of intermittent fasting.

Breastfeeding

One major issue is that depriving the body of meals for an extended period of time may result in decreased milk production. According to registered nurse Kealy Hawk, “It will probably not cause your milk production to drop.” “Studies have shown that milk production is comparable.

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Malnourished women in third-world nations are also capable of producing sufficient breast milk for their children.” While the findings are intriguing, it’s worth emphasizing that the study focused on women who fasted during Ramadan rather than more traditional types of intermittent fasting.

There are ways to conduct intermittent fasting safely if you’re trying to “reduce the baby weight,” but according to Gillepsie, it’s probably best to just stick to a balanced diet and exercise program. “Calorie and macronutrient counting can also be beneficial,” she adds. “By doing so, you can ensure that both you and your baby are getting everything you need from the foods you eat while also losing weight.”

16. Remember God cares for you

No matter what is going on mama, know that God cares about everything that concerns you. Always seek Him for guidance.

Bottom line

Finally Mama
It’s quite normal to gain weight after giving birth, and there’s no need to feel bad about it. Your body performed a miracle.

However, returning to a healthy weight range is advantageous to your health and any future pregnancies, so it’s well worth the effort.

Being in good health will help you to spend more time with your baby and make the most of your new parenthood.

A good diet, nursing, and exercise are the most effective and attainable ways to reduce weight. For ideas, information, and assistance, contact your healthcare team. Always inform your doctor about your desired plan for weight loss.  God cares for you.

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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding