Do you feel as though you have gained weight since having children? Well, you are not the only one as research has suggested that for each child born in the UK their parents will gain an average of 1 and a 1/2 stone.
So what causes you to gain weight after having children? Read on to find out.
#1: A lack of sleep
When you have children your sleep patterns will be affected, especially for the first few years with feedings and nappy changes.
This can be bad news for your waistline, as a lack of sleep (less than 7 hours per night) can cause numerous issues that can potentially increase your risk of weight gain.
To start, a lack of sleep can cause a rise in your bodies production of ghrelin, which is a hormone that tells your body that it is hungry, therefore causing more food cravings.
Plus, the production of the hormone leptin will reduce too. This particular hormone is used to tell you that you are full.
Too little sleep can also affect your mood and energy levels, so you will be tempted to eat ‘feel good foods’ to help perk you up.
You will no doubt be more impulsive too, as you will be tired so less likely to stop yourself from choosing those unhealthy foods.
All in all, sleep has a big part to play in how much you weigh.
#2: Missing meals
As a parent you are likely to spend a lot of your time running your kids around, what with the school run, the endless after school activities and play dates.
Unfortunately this will leave you very little time for yourself, which could mean that you could be missing meals or grabbing a take away.
This is a dangerous combination as when you skip meals your metabolism will slow, which is not going to be good as your body will not be able to burn off those calories from that junk food.
#3: Nagging kids
Kids love to nag for sweets and junk food, and sometimes it is easier just to say yes. However you need to be careful not to overdo the treats, not just for their health but for your own too.
For example, when you visit the local supermarket with your kids they will nag for this and that, and before long the trolley is overflowing with rubbish.
If you can, try to avoid the aisles with the junk food, or leave the kids with someone if possible.
#4: Raised stress levels
When you have kids you will find that your stress levels will be higher than they were before they were born.
The fact is that having children is stressful. They love to argue and fight, and there are often mini disasters that you have to cope with.
The problem is that when you are stressed your body will start to produce excess cortisol, which is a hormone that encourages your body to store fat.
Obviously this is not something you would like to happen so you will need to take steps to try and reduce your stress levels.
While yoga or meditation is great for stress relief, a nice warm bath with your favourite book can also help. We all need a little time for ourselves away from the kids.
#5: A lack of exercise
Even though your children are members of various sporting clubs that you will no doubt go and support, this leaves very little time for yourself to workout.
Well, even if this is the case I am sure you have at least a couple of minutes spare every night once the kids go to bed.
If you do then now is the time to exercise, with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) being the perfect time of workout to do.
HIIT is ideal as it allows you to workout at 100% for just few minutes at a time. You don’t need half an hour to an hour to get a good amount of calories burnt.
#6: Treating yourself to wine
Who doesn’t love a glass of wine after a hard day with your children. After-all why shouldn’t you treat yourself?
Well, while this is true. Drinking to excess is certainly not the best idea if you are looking to lose a few pounds.
Of course have an occasional tipple, but just because you have opened the bottle does not mean you have to devour it in one sitting.