Confused by all the different pregnancy weight loss options out there?
So were we, that’s why we devised the Lose Baby Weight 28 Day Plan – to make it easier to understand!
But if you’re after the ‘secret’ to what makes our plans work to lose pregnancy weight, read our 6 golden rules.
Don’t skip meals
Many people think that they can cheat the system and cut out a meal in order to reduce their calorie intake for the day.
Sure, in theory, it would work. But in reality when you skip a meal it can throw your body (and metabolism) into disarray.
The reason for this is that the body goes into starvation mode, and stores anything that you eat later as fat (in case there is a famine coming). And unfortunately it doesn’t work the opposite way if you are consuming too much food either.
Skipping a meal can also lead to a bad case of the ‘crazy hungries’ which can see you downing a Chocolate Moove and a bag of Twisties before you know what’s happening.
Regular meals are an important part of any healthy eating plan. They keep your blood sugar levels stable and give you a steady amount of energy to get through the day.
Not sure what you should be eating? Check out our 28 Day Plan here which has a day by day guide and shopping lists included.
Further reading: 4 Simple Breakfast Ideas
Reduce the amount of processed foods you consume
You will notice in the shopping lists for our 28 Day Plan that they are packed with lots of fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, and things like nuts and yoghurt. Very few of the items are processed/packaged foods.
This is a good option for losing weight as it means you are eating more whole foods that tend to contain less additives, fats, sugars and salt which can hinder your weight loss efforts.
Further reading: Why You Need To Break Up With Potato Chips
Reduce your intake of sugar and saturated fats
Going hand in hand with the idea of eating mostly whole foods, our weight loss philosophy recommends cutting out or cutting down on processed sugar (such as adding it to your baking or on top of cereal); as well as reducing the amount of saturated (bad) fats and upping your ‘good fat’ intake.
Worried about how you will cope without a sweet treat in the afternoon? It doesn’t actually take the body long to get used to a change in diet, and in fact you can simply replace the sugary snacks with healthier versions like this.
If you’re not sure about good and bad fats, check out this article which explains how you can get more of the good fats into your day.
Further reading: 5 ‘Healthy’ Grocery Items That Contain More Sugar Than A Tim Tam
Fill up on fibre and protein
It’s not all lettuce leaves and bean sprouts (though you can go to town on those if you like). When we talk about filling up on fibre and protein, that refers to your main meals and your snacks too.
Both fibre and protein are responsible for making you feel full and satisfied after eating. For instance you can easily drink a litre of apple juice but you would struggle to eat 8 whole apples – that’s because the juice has the fibre taken out of it in the juicing process.
In the same way, you could probably get through a giant bag of M&M’s before you started to feel a) full, or b) ill; whereas you would struggle to eat the same amount of cashews or almonds. That’s the effect of protein.
Ensuring you have enough fibre and protein rich foods in your diet is a great way to avoid feeling hungry throughout the day, and it also means you are less likely to overeat.
Check out our guide to the best fibre and protein rich foods here.
Don’t cut out snacks
In a similar way to cutting out main meals, many people think that snacking is the enemy and should be avoided at all costs if you want to lose weight.
On the contrary, we believe that snacking is important as a way to keep your blood sugar levels and energy stable until your next meal.
So long as you are making good snacking choices (sorry, no donuts are on our healthy eating plans) you will be setting yourself up for successful pregnancy weight loss.
Not sure what constitutes a good snack? Check out our favourite 10 Snacks To Keep In Your Handbag here.
Fit in exercise when and where you can
Instead of thinking of exercise as a nice optional extra, we encourage you to think of it as an essential part of your day.
That’s not to say that you need to find an hour or more in a block of time to work out – you’ve got to be realistic when you have children!
Our philosophy is to fit in whatever you can, whenever you can. So whether that’s upping your incidental exercise (taking the stairs instead of the lift, for instance); doing squats while you spoon feed your baby; or popping on our Exercise DVD for a 15 minute ab blast – do whatever works for you.
Wondering whether there is a better time of day to exercise? Read our article here to find out.
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