Studies show that 71 percent of women have received negative comments about their bodies after they’ve had a baby. It’s not easy to undergo body changes after giving birth, such as weight gain, and there’s no doubt your confidence will suffer as a result. However, you can get a toned and attractive body, such as by ensuring you eat nutritious meals and getting enough exercise, but make sure you’re not guilty of these post-baby weight-loss mistakes.
Achieving your dream body isn’t just about the good habits you do on a daily basis. What also matters is what you ensure you don’t do. Here are some mommy makeover mistakes to avoid.
You Eat Too Many “Healthy” Foods
Did you know that a diet that’s too healthy can make you battle to lose weight? This is because if the food you’re eating is high in calories, even if it’s healthy, it’s still contributing to weight gain. You should keep a calorie journal so that you’re aware of all the calories you’re putting into your body. This will help you limit how much you eat.
Bear in mind that fat-free foods aren’t always healthy for you and could actually make you put on weight! This is because to replace fat content, these foods contain high amounts of sugar which contributes to weight gain.
You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason! When you get enough sleep, your body replenishes itself. Sleep hormones regulate hunger and make you feel satisfied instead of hungry. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who were overweight experienced approximately 16 minutes less sleep every night than people who managed to maintain their weight.
It’s tough to get enough sleep when you’re a new mom, but there are ways to sneak in some extra sleep. Examples include sleeping when your baby sleeps, and accepting help from others so that you can top up on your beauty naps.