Losing weight with an after pregnancy diet is an effective way to drop the pounds after having a baby. Most experts recommend not beginning any sort of diet until you have given birth and weaned the baby off breastfeeding. When you are ready to start losing those extra baby pounds, here how:
Begin Taking a Calcium Supplement
Calcium does two things when taken in your middle years – it helps stabilize metabolism and build the strength of your bones. In one study, women actually lost weight after taking calcium supplements. While taking a supplement alone will not take the weight off, it is a great idea to get your metabolism in line again.
Evaluate Caloric Intake
Evaluate your caloric intake and make adjustments as needed. Most women need between 1,200 and 2,000 calories daily to maintain good health. To lose weight, you should reduce your calories consumed by 500 daily, but never go below 1,200 calories per day. Consuming less food than that causes your metabolism to slow, making it harder to lose weight. You may find that eating just a little less and moving around just a little more will start to show a difference.
Eat Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods
Comprise your diet of lowfat foods that are high in fiber. Increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables is also a good way to improve your health and lose weight. The rest of your diet should be made up of whole grains, proteins and healthy fats. Be sure not to try to eliminate all fat from your diet, as your body needs fat to healthily function. Just choose healthy fats like those founds in olive oil, nut butters and oils, nuts and avocados.
Get started on your after pregnancy diet today and not only begin to shed the pounds, but also improve your diet with healthy foods that make you feel great.