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Diet for Post Pregnancy Weight Loss

Diet for Post Pregnancy Weight Loss

by: Dt. Gunjan Pannu
Consultant - Chief Dietitian

After having spent the last 9 months, watching your waistline grow, you may strongly want to start shedding the pregnancy weight. Much of your weight gain comes from your baby, amniotic fluid, and water retention, which means you, can shed weight as many as 20 pounds in the first month postpartum itself, without actually trying.

Dieting Post Pregnancy- Is it Right?

To shed the rest of your extra pregnancy weight, most doctors say it’s fine to start dieting sensibly (meaning no crash diets) right away, but in case you’re breastfeeding your baby, you probably won’t need to. Even after getting the extra 500 calories a day recommended for nursing moms, you’re likely to observe that you’re losing weight anyway, as breastfeeding and all that round the clock caring and nursing  for a newborn burns tons of calories.

What to do while Dieting Post Pregnancy:?

While you’re breastfeeding, you should eat rightly balanced meals with plenty of whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables because your breast milk transmits the flavours and nutrients from your diet to your baby.

It’s important to drink plenty of water and fluids, while you’re nursing so you don’t get dehydrated or feel fatigue. If you want to start working out again, consult your doctor before starting the gym, especially in case you’ve had a (c section). You’ll need (about six to eight weeks) for your incision to heal. It is only after your doctor gives you the go ahead, you should do any type of exercise you did before getting pregnant.

Diet for post pregnancy weight loss

Tips to Help You to Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight:

  • Well regulated diet to provide all the essential nutrients without adding to the weight of the body.
  • Make time for breakfast in the morning.
  • Eat at least five portions of vegetables and fruits a day.
  • You need to include plenty of fibre-rich foods such as oats, beans, lentils, grains and seeds in your meals.
  • Avoid fatty and sugary foods, takeaways, fast food, sweets, cakes, biscuits, pastries and fizzy drinks.
  • Keep a check on your portion sizes at all mealtimes, and the number and type of snacks you eat between meals.
  • A practical regime of exercise to suit your body demands.

Combining   healthy   eating with exercise , will be the most effective, as it helps you to lose fat instead of lean tissue. You will also improve your fitness levels. Eat healthily and rightly balanced meals, include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Choose the right healthy snacks and drink water throughout the day to stay well hydrated, it also helps in weight reduction at a healthy pace; it will surely provide you with the energy to adjust to your new life   with your newborn.

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