After two pregnancies, where I gained 20 kilos each time, I realized that diets didn’t work for me. losing weight is the result of lots of little decisions and choices that add up and should be kept in mind every day. <!– It’s all about adopting a new healthier lifestyle so you lose weight and maintain it.
The below tips helped me a lot, both in terms of losing my pregnancy weight but also keeping my shape, in an easier, tear free way!
- Include Protein, Fiber, and Healthy Fats at Every Meal
This helps you feel full and satisfied and to stabilize blood sugar levels. Choose lean proteins, whole grains, produce, and legumes for fiber and avocado, nuts, seeds, and olive oil for healthy fats.
- Eat Veggies at Every Meal
According to certified dietitians, eating veggies is one of the best ways to lose weight because they’re low in calories and carbs and full of hunger-satiating fiber. Try veggies in your morning smoothie, include them in your lunch box and for sure keep some space in your dinner plate!
- Plan your meals and snacks
Plan and prep as much as you can so you know what you’re eating during the day, from preparing your breakfast from the previous night if you don’t have time in the morning (see my overnight oats recipe as an idea and play with any ingredients you like) to your lunch. Also, have healthy snacks with you like fruits, nuts, veggies with a hummus dip, maybe roasted chickpeas. Finally, if you don’t know already, start thinking about what to have for dinner on your way home so you start preparing it as soon as you go home, thus avoiding pinching.
I know this is a very big chapter in the lives of so many working women! So, even though the ideal is exercising every day, if that is impossible for you, don’t despair! Try to exercise 2-3 times a day, but include a variety in your regime: strength training and a good workout where you sweat it. Maybe you can use the weekend to keep moving!
Besides strengthening your immune system, proper rest also ensures healthy eating habits. On a daily basis sleep deprived people tend to eat more and since the body functions poorly when sleep-deprived, it ends up storing more fat.
- Drink water
Aside from keeping you hydrated, regular water consumption, recent studies show, can aid with weight loss. Having water before a meal helps with portion control and simply eating foods that contain a lot of water (like fruits and veggies) will fill you up faster, causing you to eat less.
- Daily Indulgence
This is my favourite one! Don’t give up any foods completely. Denying yourself the bites you crave can backfire, causing you to feel deprived, resulting in bingeing and feeling depressed. So make a point to keep yourself happy and your cravings satisfied by having a small treat such as a square of dark chocolate or a small glass of wine. Girls, the important word here is SMALL!
- Don’t stuff yourself
Eat slowly and stop eating when you feel satisfied, don’t stuff yourself.
- Portion control
Monitoring your portions and calorie intake are key to losing weight. Keeping a food journal is one way.
- Forget about sugar
Studies show that sugar addiction is a real thing. The more you eat it, the more you want it. Plus, studies show eating sugar actually ages you and has been linked with cancer, liver damage, heart failure, and other serious conditions. When sweet cravings strike, go for fresh or dried fruit, dark chocolate, or any healthy snack.
So, good luck – embrace the new you!