You were pregnant with a baby for nine months. It may take you that long to lose the baby weight, though, for some, it may seem like an impossible task. In other cases, you may be able to lose a few pounds here and there, but not at the rate you’d wish. In this article, we’re going to give you seven reasons why you may be struggling with your baby weight.
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You Weighed Too Much at the Beginning
More than half of women were overweight when they got pregnant, and only a third limit weight gain to the amount that is recommended. The more you weigh, the harder it is to lose weight. The more baby weight you accumulated, the more likely you are to retain it over the long term.
A meta-analysis published in the scientific journal Nutrition Reviews found that women who gain much more than the recommended amount during their pregnancy are much more likely to retain those extra pounds fifteen years later. You can’t go back in time and not gain that weight, but if you’re in this situation, recognise that it will take longer to lose it.
If you were already at a healthy weight and didn’t gain too much weight during the pregnancy, note that it will still likely take you six months. Be patient.
Your Sleep Schedule Is In the Way
Regardless of how often your child gets up in the middle of the night, those interruptions cut into how much sleep you get at night. And sleep deprivation makes it much more difficult to lose weight. One particular study found that people eat many more calories to offset the exhaustion they feel. This is driven by increased production of ghrelin, a hormone that makes you hungrier, while simultaneously slowing down production of leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite.
One solution is asking your partner to take a feed or two at night so that you don’t have to be as sleep-deprived. Another option is taking a nap during the day so that you’re not so tired instead of snacking to boost your energy levels. One trick to help regulate your hormones is to eat at the same time each day. This will train your body to maintain a consistent schedule and reduce the odds you’ll binge eat to fight fatigue.
You’re Working Out the Wrong Way
One way you could blow your weight loss effort is working out too hard after you’ve had a baby. Doing too much too soon after having a baby could cause a pelvic organ prolapse. A more common mistake is focusing on cardio to burn calories. Cardio stimulates your appetite, and people are prone to respond by eating more calories than the burned. The solution is to focus instead on resistance training while doing some low impact cardio. Try hooking up with moms who are going for long walks or working out with babies in tow so that you can keep burning the calories. Conversely, you may want to cut back on time with friends who have bad eating habits.
You’re Eating the Wrong Foods
If you’re going to lose weight, you need to eat the right foods. Yes, this includes fruits and vegetables. It also means eating meals that make you feel satiated and regulate your blood sugar. Pay attention to portion sizes, regardless of what you’re eating, and limit the number of treats and desserts you eat.
If you’ve been overdoing it on the wrong foods, consider going for a detox cleanse. Products like IsaTonic are a safe way to jump-start a weight loss program.
And this goes for health foods as well. Even healthy foods can be rich in calories. Whether you’re getting your calories from fresh fruits, organic whole grain bread or brown rice, if you end up gorging on calories, you will eventually store some of these excess calories as fat no matter the source, so be aware of that.
You’re Skipping Meals
This may seem counter-intuitive. If the goal is to lose weight, why would not eating be a problem? The problem is that fasting makes you irritable and you’re more likely to overeat at your next meal. At the same time, the fasting increases the odds you’ll have abdominal weight gain. So, you’re more likely to over-eat and pack on the fat exactly where you want to lose it. Also, fasting at this particular time may not be the best idea since it may slow down your metabolism since your body will revert into starvation more. Reserve fasting when you’ve re-established you pre-pregnancy weight; only then will you be able to reap its potential benefits.
Your Thyroid Is to Blame
Up to a third of women who had a child suffer from thyroid dysfunction. This is caused by an iodine deficiency because your baby was taking so much iodine from you. Your body couldn’t make enough thyroid hormone because of its iodine deficit. After birth, you’re left with symptoms like depression, fatigue, and weight gain. If you suspect this is an issue, consult with your doctor. Diet sometimes reverses this issue, but supplements or medication may be necessary to resolve it.
If you want to eventually get results, it’s better to aim for a slow and steady weight loss. Research shows that the most efficient plans are those that target no more than a one or two pounds loss per week. You should also look at ways that you can take small steps every day to move towards your goal.
Making small lifestyle adjustments and correcting bad habits is a great way to get there. You could set small objectives like taking a 30-minute walk every morning or cutting back on processed and fatty foods. Doing this alone could be enough to help you reach your objectives and the steady progress will boost your morale as well.
There are a number of reasons as to why you may still be struggling with the baby weight. However, there are many options that will help you shed it.
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