After delivering your little bundle of joy, you start questioning whether you will ever see the old you in the mirror again. No need to panic, we’ve got your back! If you are thinking it's easier said than done then think again. A little motivation, a lot of advice, and everything will be back to normal again! So here is our advice to you to get you back in shape:
1. Take your time
It is better for your body to wait until you get your regular period again after delivery so you can start your dieting program. Your body is put to the test during pregnancy and birth so before getting back into shape, give your body a few weeks' rest.
2. Do the math.
Estimate the number of kilos you need to lose but be reasonable. Ideally you should aim for the weight you were before your pregnancy, with an additional one or two kilos maximum.
3. Eat right not less.
Eating the right food in right quantities will get the job done! Start with the number of meals. You should never skip meals and you should eat at least 3 to 4 meals per day to prevent hunger pangs and the risk of giving in to calorie-rich foods!
- You should prefer vegetables (steamed or boiled, with a light seasoning of olive oil, no fatty sauces) for their vitamin and fiber content. You should also make fruit or fresh fruit juices a part of your diet.
- As for proteins, aim for white meat, poultry (without skin) and fish, and lean red meat (it is rich in iron so you should include it in your diet.)
- Dairy products contain calcium and you should choose the low fat versions (natural cottage cheese, fruit or flavored yoghurts). Did you know Nestlé 0% Yogurt is fat-free?
- Ensure you get a reasonable quantity of carbohydrates for lasting energy.
- Avoid sweet and fatty foods including cured meats, ready meals and pastries etc.
- Drink plenty of water, and you can drink tea and herbal teas and sugar-free soft drinks, but avoid soft drinks with a high sugar content.
- If you have cravings, try an apple and a glass of milkshake rather than a cake. You can of course indulge occasionally with an ice-cream as it will help keep you motivated.
Start gently by walking or swimming. Once you have completed your perinatal care, you can go back to your energetic gym class or aerobics training. Try not to overdo it to begin with and don't forget to rest. Bear in mind that effective training comes more from regularity than intensity. Two sessions of 20 minutes tummy crunches per week are more effective than 2 hours intensive exercise per month!
Alongside the sea of benefits breastfeeding offers your child, it can also help you burn up to 500 calories per day. Taking advantage of this unique calorie burning stage your body will be in is a great way of shedding the extra weight you gained during pregnancy with minimal effort.
6. Pamper yourself
Don't forget to pamper yourself! Anti-cellulite massages at the physiotherapists, firming treatments at the beauty salon. Pleasure and well-being are compatible!
Don’t forget to check with your doctor and contact a nutritionist to adopt the right attitude for best results and a personalized nutritional program