Getting back in shape post-pregnancy can be challenging, but here are my top 5 insights to make it a whole lot easier!
#1: Skipping Meals
It is very common for a new mothers to skip meals, most of the time because they are just too busy with their new baby or sometimes because they think it’s an easy way to lose weight. If you skip meals or go too long between meals, you will more than likely overeat when you finally get a meal, which can slow your metabolism down.
#2: Eating Junk Food To Deal With Tiredness
Tiredness is standard after having a baby; some may turn to eating junk food to cope with the stress of it all. Making sure that the cupboards are filled with healthy foods are essential to keeping good nutrition post natal.
#3: Not Planning Or Preparing
Getting used to being organised with a new baby can be daunting sometimes and often just doesn’t happen. What used to take 10 minutes to get ready could now be an hour. Having to also worry about food preparation could be just too hard for a new mum, but preparing for the day or week ahead is going to make a huge difference, and will fast tracking your fit mummy results.
#4: Not Eating Enough Fat
Many mothers make the mistake of not eating enough good fats. Every cell in our body is made up of a lipid (fat) so for energy and nutrition it is essential that we increase our healthy fats. This will also give you the extra calories and nutrients needed for breast-feeding, and is covered later in this chapter.
#5: Not Drinking Enough Water
Most new mothers don’t drink enough water. There are many reasons why drinking water is key to losing weight, especially after having a baby. Not only is it free of calories, but it also quenches your thirst and helps the process of burning stored body fat. When your cells are fully hydrated they function most efficiently and burn more calories. It will help you eat less by making you feel fuller, especially if you are eating a lot of fiber.