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I don’t know about you… but while I was pregnant and happily (or not so happily, lol) gaining weight every week… in the back of my mind I was thinking…
What’s my plan to lose all this weight after the baby comes?
The thing is… I gained more weight with each pregnancy (thankfully I lost it all every time after having the baby!) and it had NOTHING to do with what I ate during my pregnancy… let me put that myth to the side.
Your Body is in Fat Storing Mode when you are pregnant.
Your hormones are actually working to get as much fat stored so you can have enough to make breast milk after the baby comes…
So if you are anything like me… no matter how much you work out or how low carb you eat… you are going to gain FAT.
That’s a good thing because you do want a healthy supply… but we aren’t in starving times… there is TONS of food around us.
So once the baby comes… we can lose the fat stores AND keep our milk supply too.
One thing to keep in mind…
Everyone is different. (Yes, I know… earth shattering!)
So for me… I can’t workout very hard when I’m nursing or my milk supply will go down… I can’t lift weights with my arms or I will get a clogged duct.
So listen to your body!
I believe your results are 80% in the kitchen anyways… so that’s where my focus is!
and this is what I do:
Nursing Mama’s Meal Plan for Weight Loss
Drink enough water.
If you are trying to keep your milk supply up… this is a MUST. I know if I even drink a little less than I should, I will get a clogged duct…
(I must have narrow ducts because I get them very easily! See how to treat mastitis naturally here)
Now, If you don’t like water… Don’t despair! This is what I’m sipping on these days… Most of these drinks have a double duty health benefit so that’s a win win win!
2- Berry Greens Super food powder (plus, this is my secret for having high quality milk with the 52 super foods)
When I was younger, I really did steer away from eating protein… I thought if I ate too much I would bulk up or gain weight… but that is FAR from the truth!
If you are trying to lose weight, you need a moderate amount of protein every day!
The benefits of eating protein at every meal and snack are that it keeps you full longer because protein takes longer to digest. It also helps balance your blood sugar and avoid any energy crashes…
Plus, your milk is basically made up of mostly fat and protein!
If you don’t like meat, here are some non-meat sources of protein.
Eat healthy fats.
Yes I know… it doesn’t make sense right?
Eat Fat = Lose Fat
But hear me out! This is honestly the biggest KEY in weight loss! You must give your body healthy fat in order for it to release your fat stores.
Remember your body is holding onto fat because “just in case” you find yourself out in a desert where there is no food… It is mother nature trying to protect you and your baby!
If you focus on feeding your body healthy fats every day… lots of healthy fats… This will happen next:
- Your body will have a healthy metabolism
- You will stay full longer
- You will have less sugar cravings
- Your body will release fat stores
- Your brain will function faster
- Your skin will be softer
Believe me, you will love eating this way!
Eat low carb fruits and vegetables
It’s no secret that eating fruits and vegetables are good for you… even if you don’t like eating fruits and vegetables, you can sneak them in this way.
Eating salads… cooked or roasted vegetables with butter, berries with cream… (okay I’m drooling now!) it can be easy to fill your plate with these healthy options!
Don’t skimp on the butter because it will actually help your body absorb all the nutrients in the vegetables!
- You will eat more fiber which will help you stay full and regular too.
- You will have more nutrients and more quality milk
- You will have more variety of tastes and colors!
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