If you've recently had a baby and are looking for tips and inspiration on how to lose the baby weight and KEEP IT OFF, you've come to the right place. If you're just starting off, read PART 1: 0 - 3 months Losing the Baby Weight about walking the pram for weight loss, but for those of you who have been walking your little socks off - continue on to find out your next steps on the road to post-pregnancy weight loss.
A GOOD SPRING CLEAN!
So after 3 months I spoke to Nicola to see how she was getting on. It was spring in the UK and Nicola was feeling full of energy after all her walking and she was starting to feel the maternity clothes were getting a little big - hooray!
As the sun was out and she was feeling full energy Nicola had started to spring clean - not only her house, but her diet! Starting a healthy eating program had come quite naturally to Nicola who is really interested in optimum nutrition and she was feeling that this too, was helping progress with her weight loss. Here were her top tips in her own words:-
1) Focus on Nutritionally Dense Food
I did this when I was pregnant - the idea is just to add as many fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains and superfoods to your diet as you can. The focus is not on dieting or depriving yourself - it's on packing your day with as much good fuel as possible therefore you just feel great, not depressed and deprived like you do when you 'diet'. It's a lifestyle change that is sustainable rather than a faddy diet that you will eventually stop doing (and hence put the weight back on)
2) Buy a Juicer!
Juicing is my new favourite thing! It feels so virtuous and it ensures that I am getting all the minerals and vitamins my body needs whilst it's still healing from the birth. I have become a bit of a juice addict! I love it. I have found Joe Cross and Jason Vale to be huge inspirations and I hope this will be a life long dietary improvement. My biggest tip for keeping juicing part of your life, is to wash and reassemble the juicer straight away before drinking your juice - that way it's ready to go for the next juice!
3) Monitor Your Calories
It can be easy to become obsessed on calories rather than good nutrition and when your body is still repairing itself it needs good nutrition, not deprivation. However it can be a good idea to monitor the amount of calories you are eating (Try MyFitnessPal App) to ensure you aren't eating way too many which could be hindering your weight loss efforts. If you're breastfeeding, talk to a nutritional or breastfeeding expert who can advise you on diet.
Happy Eating Girls!