Loosing weight while pregnant(7 Posts)
I feel as if I've been eating like a pig , with the attitude of I might as well enjoy eating as I please while i've got the chance and reason to be big, but I'm starting to feel I'm putting on weight in places I don't want to now such as my face hips and it's not as fun eating as I please anymore , can you diet and loose weight in pregnancy or not ? I know myself and the baby still need a good amount of food but cutting out the rubbish not snacking and eating 3 healthy meals a day is that gonna be okay? I just wanna shift these added extras
No, you aren't supposed to diet while pregnant - all you should do is eat a healthy varied diet and cut down junk to try and minimise your weight gain. Losing weight during pregnancy isn't recommended.
You shouldn't aim to lose weight while pregnant. BUT if you start focusing on eating healthily and happen to lose a little weight in the process then I wouldn't worry about it. Your plan to eat three healthy meals a day sounds good, but I wouldn't advise you cutting out snacking completely as if you are hungry between meals it's a sign your body needs it. Just have healthy snacks instead of unhealthy ones. This should naturally reduce weight gain, and also help you distinguish when you are actually hungry between meals and when you are just bored / comfort eating (e.g. if you want some cake, but don't want any of apple/banana/carrots with hummus/handful of nuts/etc then you aren't really hungry, just bored!)
I had to go on a low GI diet due to gestational diabetes during both pregnancies - basically sugar free as far as poss. With DC2 I was a lb or two lighter at full term than I was when I got pregnant. But that was supervised by a nutritionist and dietitian at my hospital.
Cut out the things you know make you fat ie fun stuff biscuits cakes chocolate sweets crisps etc. Snack on favourite fruit and have balanced meals salad and lots of veg.
I lost a lot of weight prior to 16 weeks due to morning sickness and none of my doctors or midwives were concerned.
The baby doesn't really need any extra calories until 28 weeks (just a healthy supply of vitamins and minerals from a well balanced diet). Even after 28 weeks NICE guidelines suggest all you need is an extra 200 to 300 calories a day which isn't much. If you are eating healthily and only when you are actually hungry you'll be fine. I wouldn't crash diet or cut out any major food groups but there is no need for junk or excessive eating at all.
The vast majority of the weight you should gain in pregnancy is water / amniotic fluid / increased blood volume / breast tissue and placenta (and baby) rather than fat so don't get obsessed about the scales as your healthy eating might not result in you losing weight per se as these other biological changes ramp up.
SW actually do help people lose weight whilst pregnant, i think you have to take your notes from the midwife in. Someone in my old group lost 2 stone whilst expecting, she looked fab as the weeks went on, bump grew whilst her legs/arms/face shrank!
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