Let’s be honest, women want to lose their baby weight. We just need to know the healthiest way to do it! Here is more expert advice for post pregnant women from nutritionist Esther Street!
We have already published two articles from Esther and have received an incredible response from readers around the world. Here is the third question along with her reply, with further insightful and practical advice.
What are your top three tips for anyone wanting to get back to their pre-baby weight in a healthy way?
• Don’t lose weight too quickly – focus on recovery and health rather than weight loss. It takes 9 months to grow a baby and can take 9 months to a year to recover and build up your nutritional reserves again. Rapid weight loss can affect your metabolism leading to long term weight gain. Focusing on regaining your health and eating well not only helps set a good example for your baby as they wean and start to eat meals but helps you to get back to a healthy weight in a sensible way. Your body will be different after having a baby so focus on learning to love your new body and keep it healthy and strong.
• Eat REAL food not FAKE food – don’t go on any crazy diets – low fat, low carb, low calorie etc. Your postnatal body needs real food. By this I mean no processed food, ready meals, instant meals, jars with a huge list of ingredients which you don’t understand. This doesn’t need to be time consuming. My best friends were my organic vegetable box and my slow cooker. This cut down shopping time and cooking time and meant that I could come back after a day filled with toddler groups, trips to the park, school runs and ballet classes (with my older child) etc and sit straight down to a delicious home cooked meal. The more simple and ‘real’ your food is, the easier it is for your baby to move on to what you eat which then cuts down the separate meals you have to cook for them.
• Sit down at a table to eat – this prevents mindless snacking on something you can grab instantly which is most likely unhealthy and you won’t remember eating or tasting it a minute after you have eaten it. It also helps your digestion to be more efficient and get the best out of your food. It sets a good example to your child about mealtimes being relaxed, social and purposeful times to enjoy good food. Generally by always sitting down to eat you end up eating less but enjoying food more.
Esther Street is a nutritional therapist who works both in the UK and internationally. She lives in England with her husband and two kids who are just as excited about delicious, healthy food as she is.
This article is not intended as medical advice, just some notes from my personal experience of having babies myself and helping others who have had babies. The advice is not intended to replace advice from your doctor so please contact your healthcare provider with specific questions or issues.