November 29, 2011

What You Need to Know for Losing Weight During Pregnancy

weightqWhen you get pregnant, it is expected that you will gain some weight. In fact, doctors will caution some women from trying to control their weight as it is healthy to gain at least some weight. The norms for weight gain while you are pregnant will depend on your body type going into the pregnancy and other factors. Generally, the average sized woman will gain between 25 and 35 pounds. If you are underweight, you will gain slightly more. If you are overweight you will gain slightly less. Expect to gain around 2 to 4 pounds in the first three months and a pound week thereafter.

Those who are gaining way more weight, and are not having twins, will need to look at methods for losing weight during pregnancy. If done correctly, you will not pose any problems for the baby and you will be able to get down to a normal pregnancy weight which will help you to have a healthier pregnancy. It is always a good idea to work with your health care provider to make sure that you are staying safe for your sake as well as for the baby’s sake.

Maintaining moderate exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to make sure that you are losing weight during pregnancy. You do not have to go overboard with aerobics or running. Just some walking will help you to stay in shape. The good news is that the walking will also help to get your body ready for labor. It will make sure that you are ready to pass your baby from your system in a natural way. Make sure that you are not walking for extended periods of time as this can actually induce labor. Instead, a nice 5 minute walk after meals will help you to burn off a few extra calories.

Do not restrict calories
Many women will try to abstain from eating so that they can start losing weight during pregnancy. The problem with this is all of the nutrition you bring into your system is being used by the baby. Instead of reducing calories, make sure that the calories you eat are smarter. This means trying to reduce the amount of empty calories like candy and soda in your diet. Instead, eat meals with substance to them. This will help you to get the protein, calcium and vitamins to your baby so that there will be healthy development.

Increase the number of times you eat
If losing weight during pregnancy is important to you, you can simply increase the amount that you are eating each day as well as making sure that the meals you eat are smaller. Eating 6 small meals a day will help you to increase your metabolism as well as making sure that your baby is getting a steady stream of food. This is also known as grazing by doctors because instead of sitting down to 3 heavy meals, you are eating light, yet substantial meals twice as often.

Losing Weight Safely

ideal foodIf You’re Overweight, Slim Down for Better Health Overweight people have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and other illnesses. Losing weight reduces the risk. This brochure tells you how to lose weight safely. Ask Your Doctor About Sensible Goals Your doctor or other health worker can help you set sensible goals based on a proper weight for your height, build and age. Men and very active women may need up to 2,500 calories daily. Other women and inactive men need only about 2,000 calories daily. A safe plan is to eat 300 to 500 fewer calories a day to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week.

Exercise 30 Minutes

Do at least 30 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking, most days of the week. The idea is to use up more calories than you eat. You need to use up the day’s calories and some of the calories stored in your body fat.

Eat Less Fat and Sugar

This will help you cut calories. Fried foods and fatty desserts can quickly use up a day’s calories. And these foods may not provide the other nutrients you need. Make sure your other foods that day are low in fat and calories.

Eat a Wide Variety Of Foods

Variety in the diet helps you get all the vitamins and other nutrients you need.

Watch Out for Promises of Quick And Easy Weight Loss

Fad diets aren’t good because they often call for too much or too little of one type of food. As a result, you may not get important nutrients you need daily. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

What About Diet Pills?

Diet pills you buy without a prescription won’t make a big difference in how much you lose each week or how long you keep the weight off. If you do use them, read the label carefully. Because of possible side effects, like high blood pressure, never take more than the listed dose.

Also, be careful about taking cough or cold medicines with diet pills you buy without a prescription. These medicines may contain the same drug used in diet pills, or a similar drug with the same effects. If you take both products together, you may get too much of the same type of drug. This can hurt you. Before taking a cough or cold medicine while using diet pills, ask your pharmacist if it’s OK. Prescription diet pills may help some people. If you use them, follow the doctor’s directions carefully.

Before Signing Up for a Weight-Loss Program, ask Questions

Does the Company:
• Explain possible health risks from weight loss?
• Explain all costs?
• Include weight control over a long time?
• Have proof of success, not just praise by other people?
• Give a clear, truthful statement of how you’re going to lose weight,
including how much and how fast?
• Teach how to eat healthfully and exercise more?