Like most new moms, you may be wondering how long it will be before you can ditch the maternity pants and get back into those skinny jeans.
Now, while you shouldn’t be in any rush to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight, if you seem to have hit a plateau, there are several factors that could be stalling your weight loss efforts.
Here are 6 reasons you might not be losing the baby weight.
1. You weighed too much before or during pregnancy.
It’s best to get to a healthy weight before pregnancy and then follow the recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy based on that starting weight.
If you are overweight at the start of pregnancy or gain more than the recommended amount, it will be much harder to lose the weight after childbirth and you will be more likely to keep the weight on for a few years.
Consult your doctor or nutritionist to help you manage your weight before, during and after pregnancy.
2. You’re skipping meals.
It might seem that eating less frequently might be the way to lose weight efficiently, but by skipping meals you’re setting yourself up for failure. Eating smaller meals on a regular basis is a much better approach so aim for five or six small meals rather than three large meals. It will make you less irritable and less likely to overeat.
3. You’re not getting enough sleep.
When you’re sleep deprived you produce more cortisol (stress hormone) which, unlike other hormones, lingers around in the body and increases your appetite making it harder for you to lose weight.
4. You’re stressing (mostly about losing weight!)
Just chill out! Stressing about losing weight is counter-productive because, yes you guessed it…cortisol. If you are under constant stress, cortisol is continuously being released in your body and will have a negative effect on your metabolism and help generate abdominal fat.
5. You’re not setting realistic goals.
So you’re not a celebrity, you don’t have a large team of personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, and coaches to whip you into shape weeks after giving birth.
The time it takes to lose the baby weight is different for each woman, but expect it to take at least six months for gentle and healthy postpartum weight loss. It’s important to be patient during this time, set goals and seek help in attaining them.
6. You’re eating the wrong foods.
Proper nutritional choices are crucial before, during, and after pregnancy. To lose the weight you gained during pregnancy, you will need to focus on nutrient dense foods that will keep you satiated and also provide the energy you need to take care of a baby. Aim for plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats throughout the day to fill you up, but avoid empty calories.
ABOUT THIS SPONSOR:
Raquel Roxanne Nowak is a certified holistic nutritionist, prenatal wellness expert and founder of Bump2Beyond Wellness. Raquel, a Staten Island mother of two, is the Chapter Leader of the Staten Island Holistic Moms Network. She is passionate about empowering other women to make informed decisions on their journey from bump to beyond.www.bump2beyond.com
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