Mistakes to avoid while losing the baby weight
Weight gain during pregnancy is something that is quite impossible to avoid. And if you are health-conscious, you might be eager to get back to your slim and fit shape, right after your little one is born. However, it can take time, and you will need to be a little patient. However, you will be glad to know that most women lose 50% of their baby-weight within 6 weeks after delivery. And the remaining weight can be shed in the next few months, if you follow a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. Breastfeeding helps in losing weight too, besides nourishing your baby.
Controlling portion sizes, selecting low-fat dairy products, engaging in light exercises or going for walks, using healthy cooking methods like baking, boiling, and grilling, and limiting the intake of sweets and sugary drinks, are some easy and healthy ways to shed extra fat. And remember to avoid these common mistakes during baby weight loss.
Being too anxious
If you hurry to lose weight rapidly, you might end up choosing diets that show instant results, but not lasting ones.
For example, for quick weight loss, you might want to follow a fad diet, where you don’t eat anything but fruits and veggies. However, fad diets can backfire. After following such diets for a while, if you go back to your normal diet, you will regain the lost weight. Fad diets often help you to drop kilos initially, but what you lose is basically fluid or water. And if you continue following fad diets, you might experience muscle loss instead of fat loss. Hence, this method is not desirable.
Tip: Even if the weight loss process takes longer than what you would like it to, stick to diet plans that are sustainable, healthy, well-balanced, and show long-lasting results. Do consult a dietician who can help you with the correct weight loss plan.
Avoid comparisons with celebrity moms
Try not to imitate celebrity moms, as you can never be sure how they lost the extra weight exactly. Remember that they hire trainers and chefs too, who can help them fulfil all their weight loss goals, not something you can exactly replicate.
Tip: Try to concentrate and work on your own body. Avoid pressurizing yourself to be like others. The life of a celebrity is quite different from ours, so trying to keep up with them is not wise. Finally, it is about your health, overall wellbeing and what is appropriate for you.
Not getting enough and proper sleep
Having a little one around can make it difficult for new mothers to get sound sleep. It is because your baby is highly dependent on you, day and night, at least for the first 6 months.
However, you need to know that there is a relation between weight gain and sleep. Sleeping less can make it difficult to shed the excess fat.
Tip: Take advantage of every moment you get, to sleep. Try and sleep when your baby takes a nap. This will make you feel fresh and help in weight loss too.
Packing foods only for babies
If you are stepping outside, don’t just pack your bag with foods that your baby will need. Pack healthy snacks for yourself as well. Ignoring your own hunger pangs can cause you to binge on junk or fatty foods at the end of the day.
Tip: Carry healthy snacks such as whole fruits, nuts and seeds, salads, roasted snacks, and so on.
It is tough to predict when your newborn will be hungry, sleepy or simply irritable. So, you will naturally be on your toes most of the time. However, no matter how busy you are, you should never skip meals. Skipping meals on a regular basis can put the body on the starvation mode. And this can cause your body to store more fat instead of burning it, for energy and survival. So, it will not help your weight loss journey.
Tip: Make sure you consume meals at regular intervals, even if the time you devote to each meal is not the same as before. Try and take small but frequent meals. You can consume foods that are easy to make or heat up, like sandwiches, soups, salads, fruits etc.
Setting unrealistic goals
If the weight loss goals are impractical, impossible or too ambitious, new mothers can get easily disheartened. Set a feasible target for losing extra weight and work towards it.
You might also need to accept the fact that sometimes, it might not be possible to get back to the original pre-pregnancy weight and shape. Or, it might require professional help at a later stage. Post-pregnancy, many women do have softer bellies, wider hips, and thicker waistlines. So, it is natural and a part of motherhood.
Tip: Understand that it might take at least 6 to 12 months to get back to your original shape and weight.
Multitasking while eating
Multitasking might seem like a good way to save time and energy, but it has its pitfalls. Getting other things done while eating can make you overeat, as you won’t be able to focus on the food or eat mindfully.
Tip: Do concentrate on your food while eating meals, even if the meal is a quick one. Plate your own food. Avoid watching TV or using your mobile while eating.
More tips on losing weight the right way
Consume small and frequent meals rather than 3 large meals. A combination of small meals and healthy snacks will help. Embrace the habit of consuming breakfast every day. Breakfast should always be king-size. It is linked with good health, better memory, concentration, and energy. Drink approximately 12-14 cups of liquids throughout the day to stay hydrated. Choose plain water, unsweetened lassi, or coconut water, over sodas. Avoid fruit juices, and instead go for whole fruits. Consume fruit juices in moderation as they result in excess calories. Whole fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, and other nutrients, which will help you feel full and satiated for longer.
Try to include a combination of proteins and fibre in each meal, to feel full and satisfied. Avoid chocolates, cookies, cakes, sweets and anything else with artificial sweeteners. Stay away from fried foods, and rather choose baked, grilled, boiled, or steamed items. Sleep well and exercise regularly so that your balanced diet shows results.