So you’ve been focused on losing your pregnancy weight, and have seen some good results in terms of the scales, your measurements, and your general well-being.
Then – the scales stop moving. This would be fine if you had already hit your goal but you haven’t hit your goal yet – so other than feeling the keen desire to take a hammer to your scales – what’s happening?
You’re doing all the right things but it seems that your pregnancy weight loss has stalled (or even gone the wrong way).
This is normal. When you are exercising, and focused on healthy eating, after a while your body slows down as it becomes more used to this new way of life.
Many women experience this on their weight loss journey. It’s called a ‘Plateau’.
The good news is that it will generally pick up again within a few weeks.
The other thing is that even if the scales are not moving (which we all tend to focus on) you may be able to find other positives that show that you are actually getting results.
For instance your measurements may have shrunk, you may be fitter than you were, your clothes might fit better, or perhaps you just feel better from all the healthy eating.
But there are some reasons that we seem to hit a wall with our pregnancy weight loss, and there are things that you can do about it.
Check out our 5 plateau busting tips below.
Stay focused on healthy eating
This may seem obvious but often when we first start paying attention to what we eat, our bodies respond by losing weight fast.
Then after a while we can become complacent and old habits start slipping back in (the cheeky biscuit with your coffee, the portion sizes creeping up). It’s so important to keep an eye on exactly what you are consuming in order to lose weight.
Try keeping a food diary for a week and see if that helps you see anywhere for possible improvement.
Get back to basics and use the Lose Baby Weight 28 Day Plan for your meals and snacks. These are specifically designed to boost your weight loss and are delicious too.
Change up your exercise
If you’ve been taking a 45 minute walk every day, your body may have become used to this level of exercise. It’s time to shock your body a little bit so that it can crank up your results.
So why not try throwing in a one minute run every 5 minutes of your walk? Or if you have been working out using your body weight as resistance, try adding in some hand weights.
If you’ve been attending the same fitness aerobic class, try out a spin class instead. Even throw in some yoga or Pilates to really shake things up.
If you can see that perhaps haven’t been doing enough exercise, grab a copy of our mum-friendly Exercise DVD (it’s perfect for post-baby as well as for pregnancy too).
Ask yourself if you have already lost enough weight
This can be a tough one to work out, but we all have a weight that our body is comfortable with and you might struggle to get down any lower on the scales.
Work out your BMI and see if you are already within the healthy range, and even consider talking to your doctor to work out what your ideal weight might be based on your age, lifestyle, family history and background.
Don’t reduce your calories too much
When we hit a wall it can be tempting to reduce our meal sizes, or even drop our snacks altogether.
While this may seem like a good idea (to reduce calories) in fact it sends the body into starvation mode. It begins to store all that you eat as it worries about when it will be fed again.
You still need to consume a healthy morning and afternoon tea when you are trying to lose pregnancy weight. You need the energy that you take in to be dispersed throughout the day rather than in 3 large meals.
Remember to include all of the food groups
Another trap people fall into is cutting out certain food groups in an effort to shift the kilos. Fat and carbs are not the enemy and should be part of a healthy eating diet.
It’s choosing the right sorts of fats and the good carbs that can make all the difference. For instance avocado, nuts and fish are sources of good fats. Good carbs are things like brown rice, wholemeal grainy bread and quinoa.
Plus get back to basics
And here are some really useful links and resources to help you refocus and get back to basics
- Work out your BMR so you know how many calories your own individual body needs. As you lose weight your calorie needs decrease so it is important to re-calculate and adjust accordingly. Use our BMR calculator here
- If you haven’t yet joined up to our FREE members area, register here so you have your own private dashboard to log your weight, measurements, exercise and BMI so you can visually see your progress. Join up here
- Snacking is essential for energy levels and for boosting your metabolism – see our healthy snacking category here
- Are the scales not giving you the results you want – see what could be happening here
- Read here about why you shouldn’t always trust the scales
- Get some tips on staying motivated here
- See more common weight loss issues here and how to over come them
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