Losing pregnancy weight can be challenging for almost all women. After giving birth, it can be quite difficult to get back to daily routines, including getting fit again. Of course, getting fit means losing weight and getting that old body back. However, you may not know where to begin. Weight loss options are endless that it’s hard to decide which one to choose. Some of them are better than others, but they may not be the right ones for you.
Thankfully, among the several healthy ways to lose post-pregnancy weight is the HCG Diet. However, the HCG Diet has some factors you must take into consideration before you start with the plan. Below are some factors that will affect the way you follow the plan after giving birth.
Do not start with your diet right away
If you are breastfeeding, you will probably have to wait. Breastfeeding is inevitable, but it is essential for your child’s health. So do not start right away with your diet. Wait for at least six weeks after birth to start the HCG diet. Pregnancy can throw a woman’s hormone a bit off. So, it’s important to give your body as much time to adjust as possible before starting the HCG diet.
During pregnancy, most of the weight is mostly water weight. Since it’s all water, you are likely to lose them within a couple of months following childbirth. Besides, breastfeeding would help you lose a substantial amount of weight. You will lose some of your pregnancy weight naturally. Just make sure that you eat the right foods. Eat foods that will help you lose weight but should be healthy for you and your baby.
Getting on a diet too early can cause problems with your milk supply. It can also affect your energy when you need to be awake more than you ever have been.
You will need extra calories after giving birth
Sticking to the very low-calorie intake of the HCG diet may seem to be impossible if you are breastfeeding. In fact, during breastfeeding, you’ll be going to need additional 500 calories into your diet. You need to eat more foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. You also need to limit your carbohydrate and unhealthy fat, so as not to gain additional weight. Eat more on superfoods like fruits and veggies, fatty fish, yogurt, and many others.
The best way is to wait for the right and safe time. You might also want to get some clearance from your physician as they can advise you on the safest way to complete the plan while achieving optimal weight loss.
If you had a healthy pregnancy and normal delivery, you may start exercising again after the baby is born. Usually, a few days after giving birth or as soon as you feel ready. Exercise can be very beneficial after pregnancy. Exercise at least a few times a week. Focus more on quality over quantity. No matter what, try your best to avoid a sedentary life.