It is a common occurrence that when women become pregnant they gain a little weight, but if you are expecting to go back to your previous size almost overnight then you are going to be disappointed.
If it took 9 months to gain the weight you cannot expect to lose it within just a few short weeks.
For faster weight loss there are things you can do. Please read on if you are struggling to lose baby weight.
#1: You were overweight before the pregnancy
If you were overweight before you got pregnant it can make it more difficult to lose weight after the pregnancy.
You are not alone if you were, as 50% of women are overweight before becoming pregnant.
While you cannot change the past you may need to change your timescale regarding your weight loss, chances are it is going to take longer than you may want.
#2: You do not get enough sleep
This is understanding as this is an issue that affects plenty of new mothers.
Research has shown that a lack of sleep can result in you eating more calories than those who get a good nights sleep.
The reason for this is that a lack of sleep can cause your body to overproduce ghrelin, a hormone that controls your hunger.
Your body will also produce less leptin, which is a hormones that helps regulate your appetite.
This is a dangerous combination that will result in more cravings and less food satisfaction.
The only way to increase your sleep is by napping during the day. Perhaps when your baby is asleep.
#3: You are not patient enough
No doubt you have seen the latest celebrity transformation, losing all their baby weight in just 2 weeks.
Well, for the average person this is simply not realistic.
These people have teams of nutritionists and trainers whose sole job is making sure these people look their best.
Be realistic with yourself, and by making a few healthy changes you can see a dramatic change too. It will just take a little longer thats all.
#4: You skip meals
You may feel that your baby is the most important thing in the world, but you still need to look after yourself.
This means that you should stop skipping meals, even if you think that it wont harm and may actually help your weight loss efforts. Fewer calories means weight loss, right?
Well, the truth of the matter is that starving yourself does not work and will only result in your metabolism slowing.
As you may already know your metabolism controls the number of calories you burn, so you most certainly do not want it to slow.
What you will find too, is that as your body will turn to your muscle instead of your fat for energy your metabolism will slow even further.
Also, when you start eating normally once again, as your metabolism is low you will quickly gain weight.
#5: You are exercising too hard after giving birth
Exercise is good for your overall health, but research has found that it is less important for weight loss than first thought.
You may even find that exercise too soon or too intense after giving birth may even halt your weight loss efforts.
This is because intense exercise can cause an issue such as pelvic organ prolapse, which is a condition where the pelvic organs such as the bladder or uterus bulge out of your vagina.
When you first start to exercise after giving birth make sure the activity is low impact. You can then increase the intensity as the weeks and months go by.
#6: You have an issue with your thyroid
Research has found that up to 30% of postpartum women have a thyroid problem likely caused by your baby taking iodine from you during pregnancy.
If you are suffering from symptoms such as fatigue, depression or weight gain then you should see your doctor to test your thyroid.
#7: You eat the wrong foods
It really should’t be a surprise to learn that to lose weight you need to be eating healthily, yet many of us don’t even do this.
Try to avoid the junk food and opt for fruits and vegetables, as well as good sources of both protein and fibre rich foods.
You are allowed the occasional treat but you should not overindulge.
#8: You snack at night
If you are awake with your baby it will be tempting to snack, which will be a mistake.
Even if it is just a biscuit, these added calories will soon start to add up.
#9: You have a leaky gut
Do you breastfeed? If you do then you maybe suffering from low levels of oestrogen.
This can affect your gut, causing an issue called leaky gut syndrome, which is when undigested food particles and pathogens leak from your intestines.
When this occurs you may gain weight, with visceral fat a big issue.
Probiotics could help with this issue, as well as eating a healthy diet. You should also try to reduce your intake of gluten and dairy too.
#10: You are an emotional eater
It is understandable that now you have your new baby you are going to be feeling a little emotional.
Yet, if you deal with these emotions through food then chances are you are going to struggle to lose weight.
I would suggest rather than reach for food the next time you feel stressed or overwhelmed that you do something else instead.
For instance you could pop your baby in its pram and go for a nice walk. Just a few minutes in the fresh air can make you feel a lot better.