When you think of losing that extra weight and getting your body back, after you've had that cute, adorable, chubby, bundle of joy, does it make you kind of shutter at the thought? Maybe you don't know “how to,” correctly, while giving your body what it needs to thrive and possibly nourish your baby at the same time!?! Well this is what I have found after 3 babies and losing the weight in a healthy, happy way, 3 times (and trust me… it wasn't a meager 30 or even 40 lbs of weight loss after my babies)! My body seems to pack on the pounds even with close monitoring of eating and exercising. I gained 60+ pounds when I was pregnant with my daughter (I quit counting after 60 lbs) and right around 60 lbs with my boys. I knew I was pregnant with my daughter when I gained 10 lbs the first week of pregnancy. I didn't even know it was possible to gain that much in a week!!! Just so you know, breast-feeding doesn't just take off the weight for me. I actually have to do these 3 steps to lose pregnancy weight.
The first picture is 4 months post pregnancy after my heaviest pregnancy weight gain. The second is 1 year post pregnancy.
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First thing is first!!
- 1. Time and Expectations – Give yourself time!! Slow and steady is the safe way to lose weight long term! No “quick fixes” healthy fat loss. I make a year my goal mark. Do what feels right for you! They say, “It takes 9 months to gain the weight, so give yourself at least that much time to lose it!”
- 2. Eat right! – Finally the moment you've been waiting for… a diet made completely of whole foods is absolutely the best advice. If you read a label and wonder what “that” ingredient is… DON'T EAT IT! We are going for REAL food here! ‘whole food, plant based', and the side effect is healthy happy weight loss! Dr. McDougal states, “you can eat as much as you want when following the “whole food, plant based” diet.” No calorie counting! Check out the health section of the blog for more recipes like granola bites, or green smoothies. My Favorite pre-workout shake recipe (which helps boost your electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and of course that is amazing when you're breast feeding and working-out, which leads me to my third tip…
- 3. Get Sweaty! We all know there are SO many amazing benefits to exercising, including boosting your mood. It may be hard right at first, but if you can make it FUN, and get in a routine that definitely helps! Exercising shouldn't be something you dread, try making a game out of what you're doing, dancing, checking out the neighborhood, whatever it is, have fun!! We know as moms it's not always easy to find time to do it either, or go to the gym. I have found some things that make it easier to do from home with littles. Below are brief workouts that require no equipment
*Personal Tips: So What do You Eat?
♦ Complete whole grains. Keep the grains in their whole form (AKA not ground into flour), keeping them in the whole form actually helps you feel full with less of the grains than if they are ground up, so you are naturally satisfied with less.
♦ Legumes such as peas, beans, lentils, soybeans, peanuts, chickpeas, edamame.
♦ Vegetables. One trick for healthy weight loss is to make half your plate veggies.
♦Fruits. Contain lots of sugar, so yes please eat, but don't go overboard on these.
♦Meat and Dairy? Sparingly is Key! But these do cause the body to be in an acidic state and for best health, being in an alkaline state is where we want to be the majority of the time. Some people, especially those with chronic conditions don't eat them at all. I personally choose to eat very high quality wild meat a couple times a month. Here is a little something out of “the China Study” book, that I think is a help to those who find themselves not really “living” because of “Diets” (Remember we are going for de-stressing here!).”My advice is to try to eliminate all animal-based products from your diet, but not obsess over it. If a tasty vegetable soup has a chicken stock base, or if a hearty loaf of whole wheat bread includes a tiny amount of egg, don't worry about it. These quantities, very likely, are nutritionally unimportant. Even more importantly, the ability to relax about very minor quantities of animal-based foods makes applying this diet much easier– especially when eating out or buying already-prepared foods.” I would add social settings as well.
♦ Fats– Here is something different than you've ever heard!! Fats are also best in a whole food form, such as avocados, seeds, nuts, olives. No oils!! This was definitely new to me and it took some understanding to see the beauty of it.
♦ Sugar…The big question! Sugar is so prevalent now! Sparingly again. “Moderation in all things.” If you try to be overly conscientious we know that can end in binges. Try to use fruit, raw honey, date paste or Stevia (without dextrose) to sweeten if needed. Avoid processed or artificial sugar.
What I've Gotten out of Eating completely whole:
I am healthy!! I feel good again, I have my life back and I have energy! A great side effect… weight loss!
My favorite Easy and Healthy Breakfast Recipe!
-Easy Overnight Steel Cut Oats-
Prep time- 3 minutes and over night in fridge.
1 cup steel cut oats
Cover, place in fridge overnight.
In the morning stir and enjoy. The texture is soft yet al dente.
I hope you find some really insightful tips to helping you eat healthier and live happier! Lose that pregnancy weight, get your body back and love your baby in the meantime.
What tips do YOU have to LOSE PREGNANCY WEIGHT?