You are not the only woman who worries about her weight after giving birth; most mothers have become obsessed with weight loss after giving birth. At the beginning, we would recommend you to wait until your newborn becomes at least two months old, so as not to affect your milk production, as well as to give your body enough time to heal after delivery. Keep in mind that getting back to your ideal weight might take 6 months to one year, hence patience is a virtue. Rapid weight loss is not preferable because it will be unhealthy to your body and you might regain your weight soon. So, we recommend you follow a healthy lifestyle and to adopt good and healthy eating habits. There is a strong evidence that breastfeeding may help mothers lose weight after giving birth if calories were consumed within the normal limit. As a lactating mother, you may not need more than 300 additional calories only compared to non-lactating mothers, therefore, following a diet with less than 1500 calories is not advisable. Here are some tips that may help you lose weight after giving birth:
Eat small portions and several meals throughout the day.
Do not skip any meal, especially breakfast; make sure to eat three main meals and two snacks at certain times.
Drink milk and low-fat dairy products.
Avoid eating sweets, fat and sugar.
Avoid fast food.
Eat grilled or boiled food instead of fried.
Make fruit and vegetables your snacks.
Try to exercise 3-5 times a week.
Drink plenty of water.
Eat fresh fruit instead of sweetened juice.
Avoid adding tahini and halawa to your diet, because they are rich in calories.
Eat more fish rich in omega 3, like salmon.
Eat a lot of fiber which is found in oats, vegetables, fruit, and legumes like lentils, beans, and peas.
Choose whole grain carbohydrates, like brown bread and brown rice.
Pay attention to your food intake in each meal and count your serving size of food in advance.