Blessed are the women who do not put on much weight during pregnancy. Some women are even able to lose the pregnancy fat without sweating it out much. Not every woman enjoys the same advantage. It is normal for a woman to put on weight during pregnancy, but losing the same post pregnancy can be quite a nightmare. Postpartum, women try everything under the sun to get back to shape. From rigorous exercise to strict dieting, they explore all the available opportunities. In an endeavour to achieve the maximum results, women end up making mistakes that can affect their health adversely. The following are common postpartum dieting mistakes that most women often make.
1. Setting an improbable and unrealistic goal:
If you think you can lose 10 kilos in a week, you are probably living in a fool’s paradise. Many women try to achieve the impossible without thinking about the consequences. The only thing that can come out of this is health complications. Such an expectation will only bring in disappointment.
You know your body the best. Set your goals accordingly. Do not compare yourself with anyone. Appreciate the progress, no matter how small. With patience and perseverance, work towards your goal diligently. You will not only lose weight but will also remain hale and hearty.
2. Loss of focus:
Many women kick start their postpartum weight loss regime with a bang. The first few days or weeks everything is on track but somewhere in between, they lose the focus and the zeal to achieve the target.
Losing weight is no child’s play. Your body will not react the same every day. You will get food cravings and body ache. The baby will always be your priority, but neglecting your health, or giving up on your fitness may not be a wise idea.The success will depend on how you overcome these obstacles and balance your life accordingly. Believe in yourself and keep yourself motivated.
3. Compromising on your sleep:
For a new mom, sleep is more like a distant dream. The baby ensures you are on your toes all the time. Looking after the baby all day can be quite tiring and lack of sleep will only make it worse. Sleep deprived women tend to put on more weight.
7-8 hours of sleep a day is not asking too much. Do not compromise on your sleep. You can also take a short nap when the baby is sleeping. Hiring a babysitter will also be helpful.
4. Giving your meals a miss:
This is a misconception that most people follow blindly. By skipping your meals, you are not losing weight but harming your body instead. For lactating mothers, this can affect the baby as well.
Get your facts right before you start with any fitness or weight loss plans, your body needs all the essential nutrients including fats and oils. You should know the difference between good fats and bad fats. Have small amounts of food at regular intervals of time. If you want to lose weight, DO NOT keep your stomach empty for long. Keep your body well hydrated and drink enough water.
Many mothers try strict diets and fitness plans without consulting a nutritionist. The dieticians and nutritionists are there for a purpose. The diet that you follow should be scientific and healthy.
Seek an expert help unless you are nutritionist yourself, or you are 100% sure about what you are doing. Remember the idea is to lose weight without affecting your health. When it comes to your health, do not take any chances. Play it as safe as you can.