5 Foods to Eat Post-Pregnancy to Lose Weight Fast
Getting back into a normal, healthy eating routine after 9 months of pregnancy is normally one of the top priorities for new moms.
Life has changed completely but you still owe it to yourself to look and feel great when and wherever you can. Being unhealthy and lazy with food choices isn’t great for you and, really, is irresponsible as a parent.
There are a lot of myths surrounding post-pregnancy weight loss, many of them perpetuated by celebrities who seem to lose their baby weight in a few days. While I can’t promise you that I can promise, if you follow the advice below, you can easily get your body back to its ‘pre-baby’ shape. Combined with a dedicated exercise routine you could tone up faster than you ever thought possible!
The five foods below are the key:
It is official: the traditional high-carb breakfast is a nightmare for weight loss. As a result, cereal is out and eggs are in. Despite the bad press in recent years eggs are a certified superfood. They are a complete protein source combined with healthy fats which, amongst other things, will help to keep your fuller for longer. Consistent studies have shown that those who eat eggs on toast (or a similar meal) for breakfast, rather than a breakfast consisting solely of carbohydrates, have less food cravings during the day.
If you aren’t regularly eating them already, you should be! The avocado is one of the most nutrient dense fruits on earth, with a 100g portion providing a generous serving of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and vitamin E. They are also low in calories and saturated fats. As a bonus, they are absolutely delicious in salads!
In places such as the Fiji Islands coconut oil has been known for years as a ‘superfood’. Though we are only just catching on we are quickly learning that, due to its unique combination of fatty acids, it can have amazingly positive effects on our health. The lauric acid in coconut oil has been proven to kill off bacteria in viruses, which can help us prevent infections. Also, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) can accelerate our energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories consumed in other foods.
4) Lean Protein
Foods such as chicken, turkey and tuna should be staples of everybody’s diet. They are low in calories, high in protein and low in carbohydrates and fats, which make them ideal for quick weight loss. We also need plenty of protein to rebuild our muscles and help us tone up after exercise. A John Hopkins Medicine study in 2005 also found that when patients swap a portion of their daily calorie intake from carbohydrates to protein they see a big reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.
5) Sweet Potato
There are lots of reasons to ditch normal potatoes for the sweet variety. For one, they are rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins. They contain iron and magnesium, which help with proper immune functioning and relaxation. Perhaps best of all their natural sweetness is natural. The sugars a sweet potato provides are slow releasing into the bloodstream, ensuring a balanced source of energy that is essentially ‘drip fed’ to us over many hours. Simply swapping bread or cereal for sweet potatoes is a perfect, non-stressful way to begin an intense diet routine. You’ll see benefits almost immediately and, due to their versatility and use in many delicious recipes, you probably won’t go back to what you were eating before.