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We have recently had a wellness day at work and 9 months after giving birth to my second child I have PUT on weight. I weight 100.6 kgs at a height of 1.69m and 106cm waist circumference - My blood sugar / blood pressure and cholesterol were all in check,
How can I lose all of this weight? I weighed a comfortable 82kgs before my second daughter and would kill to get back to that.
I have already gotten rid of all white flour products and replaced them with wholewheat and brown alternatives, we drink no fizzy cool drink, I do not fry any foods... overall I eat healthily so I am not sure what the problem is?
It's absolutely normal to put on weight after a baby and it's so much harder to lose after a second child - I had this experience too.
If you have had those medical checks the only thing you need to do now is go on an eating plan to slowly lose the weight and keep it off.
Have realistic goal and aim for 3kg per month for 3 months and then go to 2kg per month. This way it will stay off and be a relaistic goal for you.
. It will fall off in the beginning but will plateau so keep at it!
You have started on the right foot by eliminating all white flour products.
If you can cut out the below food and drinks and follow my healthy eating regime, I guarantee that you will lose weight provided you are generally healthy..
1. Cut out all wheat products. This includes breads, cakes, biscuits and rusks. You CAN eat bread - opt for rye bread and Ryvita. Fin crisp also make a biscuit that is thin and crispy.
2. Cut out all fast food - you need to be vigilant with this, it is LOADED with salts, sugars and preservatives and is just plain fattening and bad for you.
3. Cut out all full cream dairy products and go fat free. If you can't do fat free then go low fat but it will take longer to lose weight.
4. Limit your intake of cheese. It is super fattening, but use fat free cottage cheese for a creamy, cheesy alternative.
5. Opt for lean protein. Chicken breasts - not chicken thighs and remove all skin. Lean red meat like venison (ostrich, springbok etc) is full-flavoured - no more lamb or fatty cuts like chops, ribs or bacon.
Eat fish - high in omegas and low in fat.
6. Limit your intake of fruit juice - it has equal sugar content to Coca-Cola - I am not joking. Dilute your juice and have less. Drink herbal teas and water.
7. Water - drink at least 5 cups a day. That is not too much! Herbal teas are inclusive.
8. Cut out or limit your sweets.
9. If you have a cheat', don't have an entire day of 'cheating', just enjoy that meal and get back on the wagon straight away.
10. Check your portion size. Try placing your food on a fish plate rather that a main course plate.
11. Eat fresh vegetables every day.
12. Cut out carbohydrates after 6pm at least 5 out of 7 days a week. It makes a HUGE difference.
13. Don't make creamy sauces for your food, opt for tomato based ones preferably.
Good luck Siobhan and mail me caro@food24 for more advice if you need it.