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7 Tips for postpartum weight loss in Nigeria

Here are the 7 Tips for Postpartum weight loss. As a mother of two, I understand the struggle mothers go through with their weight, from pregnancy  up to delivery and beyond.   A lot of mothers suddenly discover they have put on so much weight than they bargained for and totally feel helpless about it.  It even becomes more frustrating when ‘oga’ demands you return to your pre-pregnancy weight as if its all your fault you suddenly grew big. Hmmmm…that’s why I decided to do this write – up and offer  because I feel your pain.  I remember the way I felt when I had my last baby. From a size 12, I grew so big to a size 16.  I always avoided looking at a full sized mirror.  The day I took the bold step and looked into the mirror, I was so shocked at how much I had gotten big and that was when I decided I couldn’t stay this way.

Today, am back to my size 12 and my pre – pregnancy weight of 70kg.  So Nigerian mums, I have been in your shoes and now offer you the same tips and principles that helped me.  Please read on and share with your friends and family going through this difficulty.

7 Tips for Postpartum weight-loss

1. It is very important you understand that post partum weightloss cannot be achieved in a day or week no matter the drug or diet you use.  In the same way the weight didn’t come in one day,but accumulated over a period of nine months or so, is the same way losing it will take some time, maybe a month, two or three, it all depends on you and your determination. Am saying this so you do not put yourself under undue pressure and give up on your weight loss journey.

2. If your baby is less than six months old and on exclusive breastfeeding, you do not have any business losing weight or going on a diet.  This is because your baby needs all the nutrients he can get from your breastmilk so he can grow and develop properly.  After six month when your baby is well established on complimentary foods, then you can start thinking of shedding the weight.

3. Weight loss is not as complicated as you think.  Weight is gained when there’s an imbalance between energy (food) consumed and energy expended by the body.  When the energy taken in is more than that used by the body,  it becomes stored up as fats in the body which becomes distributed in different parts like the arm, thigh, breast and stomach.

4. Weight lost can only be sustained when diet and exercise are involved.  Slimming  drugs, tea and drinks may work in the short term but cannot be sustained. The weight will definitely come back because some of the underlying principles and discipline of losing weight are not applied.

5. There comes a point when you have to consciously learn to control your appetite and reduce the amount of food you put into your mouth. I know this is the hardest part of it all because since breast feeding began, you have been eating for two ( you and your baby) and your body has regulated itself to eating that amount of food and even expanded to accommodate such amounts of food.  But as your baby settles down with complimentary foods, you do not need to consume so much because at this point you are no longer eating for two.  This is where deliberate effort needs to be made to withdraw from eating two plates of food to eating one and maybe half.  What helped me at this point in controlling my appetite was  consuming fruits i and exercising in the morning.  This helped in regulating my appetite throughout the day.   Examples of such fruits are grapefruit (sour grapes), oranges and apples.  Lime water can  also be made and taking during the day especially when hunger pangs set in.

6. Water is very essential for weight loss.   This is because our bodies sometimes cannot differentiate between hunger and thirst and these feelings are often misinterpreted.  When you feel hungry, please grab a bottle of water and drink first before eating anything, if you still feel hungry afterwards, then grab something to eat.

7. Avoid keeping junk foods around the house and in the fridge.  Stock up on fruits and veggies and other healthy options and have them handy with you always.  Also avoid using foods for comfort during emotional crisis.

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