Post-Partum Weight Loss
Gaining weight during pregnancy is perfectly normal, but not everyone is comfortable with the extra pounds. In today’s image-obsessed society, more women make a more significant effort to lose the baby fat and maintain a slender, leaner physique. Fat loss after pregnancy is quite important, especially if you plan on having another baby in the future. It is common for women to carry extra weight through to their other pregnancies, which could lead to several health conditions down the line. When it comes to post-partum fat loss, diet is perhaps more important than exercise. There are a few things to consider before taking on a fat loss diet, which is especially important if you are breastfeeding.
Take your time and be reasonable
As with any other fat loss regime, it is important to keep in mind that losing weight is a slow process that requires a lot of time, effort and discipline. As a mother, this is especially important to remember as crash diets can wreak havoc on your health and that of your newborn. It might sound like you are being lectured, but your baby’s well-being has to come before any desired image or trend. If you are not satisfied with a slow and reasonable dietary regime and would rather fast track your way to victory, you should consult with a trained or medical professional who can walk you through a solid plan that is well balanced and less risky.
Your milk is what you eat
Much like sweat, urine and other bodily fluids, the content of breast milk changes according to your specific diet. For at least six months, breast milk is the primary source of nutrients for infants and keeping your milk as clean and healthy as possible should be your primary goal when observing a fat loss diet. Breast milk contains traces of the food that you consume, and it is not uncommon for babies to react to said traces. From regular intolerance to full-blown allergies, breast milk can create problems for a baby’s digestive system if it contains elements they do not agree with. But before you cut out crucial groups of food, it is best to consult with a doctor if you suspect that your baby is allergic to something you are eating. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is still very important when trying to lose weight, and cutting out helpful groups of food could set you back on your journey to slim down in addition to leaving you and your child, malnourished.
Consider taking supplements
We have already discussed the importance of keeping your breast milk as clean and healthy as possible for your baby’s sake and cutting out food that your child does not agree with. What if your baby is intolerant to a food group that contains key nutrients you need for effective fat loss? In some cases, supplements are a good addition to your diet as they can help to replenish all the nutrients you lose when avoiding certain products. For example, if you or your baby are lactose intolerant, then you have no option but to cut out dairy products that act as one of the most significant sources of calcium and potassium, two minerals mothers and growing babies need to keep their bones strong and healthy. In this case, taking supplements can help you meet your daily intake requirements and avoid bone-related ailments like rickets in children and osteoporosis in women. As always, you must never self-prescribe any medication or supplement without first consulting with a medical professional.
Put the bottle down
It can never be stressed enough just how dangerous alcohol is for both expecting and breastfeeding mothers. Even the slightest traces of alcohol in your milk could have dire consequences, and it is best to keep the wine, vodka, beer etc. away until you have weaned your child off. In any case, alcohol is quite high in calorific value, and some forms of alcohol contain very high amounts of sugar that will only serve to put the weight right back on, no matter how hard you are working to lose it. Alcohol is also much more difficult for your body to metabolize than fruit juices, and it slows you down when trying to work out.
When looking to embark on a fat loss diet as a breastfeeding mother, the most important rule is to keep your baby’s health in mind at all times. Many diets claim to work fast to help you trim the fat but, unless you have the green light from a professional, it is best to steer clear from regimes that can hurt you and your baby. With a clean diet and conscious mindset, a healthy, toned figure can be obtained and maintained!