When you’re pregnant, it is easy to let go, start eating everything you want (you are eating for two after all) and leave worrying about weight gain after your bundle of joy is born. But if you decide to take a proactive approach it can make getting back to your pre-baby weight a lot easier.
It is a good idea to take the time you have now and prepare your diet, because once your baby arrives chances are you will spend most of your time indulging the newest member of the family and putting your needs aside. Here are some helpful tips you can use:
1. Learn how to reduce your cravings
If eating an entire bag of salty chips or fat-laden food becomes a habit now, it will be more difficult to turn down those snacks once your baby arrives. Instead focusing on whole foods is beneficial for both your baby’s and your health.
Once we develop a habit of eating junk food our bodies stop desiring healthful foods, so make sure to give yourself a smooth transition to a post baby diet by starting now.
2. Avoid eating for two
Necessity to eat for two now that you are pregnant is a misconception. It is certainly ok to give in to some cravings and when you are pregnant, and you will of course have them, but the important thing is to keep your portions under control. So while it’s ok to have some chocolate if you want it, make sure not to eat an entire bag of candies in one sitting.
3. Keep your kitchen clean
Remove all processed food from your refrigerator and cabinets. Get rid of food that won’t fit your post-baby diet and fill your house with healthy food that will help you return to your pre-baby weight.
4. Keep your goals realistic
Sit down and make an achievable weight loss plan. Don’t be drastic with your expectations, many diets on the Internet promise quick weight loss, but they are not worth jeopardizing your health.
Stick to the healthy weight loss goal of one pound per week, this should work well for most people.
5. Save some motivation for later
Right now, you are planning your weight loss diet and are probably more motivated than ever to be able to see your toes again.
But life can be crazy sometimes and your motivation may slip at some point, so it’s a smart idea to write down some motivational thoughts now while you are full of energy and leave them on your calendar, refrigerator, bathroom mirror, in the car, and anywhere else that you may find yourself in a tempting situation.
6. Find a weight loss buddy
It’s nice to have someone who shares your goals, she doesn’t have to be a mom or mom-to-be, but it’s important that you share weight loss goals and understand each other.
By encouraging each other you will have less problems maintaining your motivation. Share your weight loss plans with each step, that way you can keep each other on track if one of you starts falling short.