During pregnancy it is normal for a woman to gain some extra weight. Here is a list of top healthy, time-saving foods that are recommended to kick start post-baby weight loss.
Keep in mind, however, that weight loss efforts should not begin until at least 2-3 months post-partum. Breastfeeding moms need an additional 300-500 calories per day. Limiting calories too drastically can negatively affect a mom’s milk supply!
Here is a list of 8 foods that you should eat on a regular basis.
Let’s begin with basic food.
Plain or steel-cut oats provide soluble fiber to help you stay full and feel satisfied. Try to avoid the sugar-laden pre-packaged flavored oats.
If breastfeeding, oatmeal is often touted for its ability to help maintain a good milk supply.
2. Pre-cut vegetables with hummus.
With an infant, time to prep food and snacks becomes minimal. Having a refrigerator stocked with healthy, crunchy snacks such as baby carrots, celery, and broccoli can help you make smarter decisions when reaching for something to munch on.
3. Low-fat dairy such as yogurt and cottage cheese.
Post-pregnancy is a great time to choose calcium-rich foods to help replenish your body. Remember, you just created a whole new skeleton!
4. Lean Protein.
Choose chicken or fish when possible, or lean cuts of red meat such as pork tenderloin. When purchasing ground meats opt for extra lean or lean.
Alternative protein sources such as beans, eggs or tofu can also be used as a quick, filling meal.
A vegetable omelette can always serve as breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Try using avocado in place of mayonnaise or butter when making sandwiches or toast for a dose of healthy fat.
Opt for unsalted, dry roasted or raw nuts for a fast, healthy, filling snack. Having 15-20 nuts per day, or a small palm full, is a good guideline.
Replace sugary drinks such as soda or juice with water to save calories, add in weight loss and help with hydration. Plain water too boring? Try flavored sparkling water with a lemon or lime wedge.
8. Use a grocery delivery or pick up service like Peapod.
With a new baby in the home, grocery shopping can seem like a monumental task. Take advantage of your local grocery delivery service.
Pre-ordering foods also cuts down on impulse buys and snacking while in the store.
Be patient with yourself
Know that your body has gone through a physical change and may never be exactly the same. Slow and steady weight loss is most likely to be sustainable long term.
Aim to return to a healthy body weight within 9 months to a year of having your child.