If you’ve just gone through a pregnancy, then the topic of dieting is probably at the forefront of your mind. You want to lose your excess baby weight and get back into shape – just like the super moms do.
After giving birth to my kids, I have gained a substantial amount of weight at least 10 pounds. The first two years, I even got obese and weighed up to 130 lbs. I was quite heavy that I had really a hard time getting up after sitting or doing a little squat at home.
If you really want to lose post pregnancy weight, that would mean going on a diet, but you need to be careful. Diets aren’t what they seem. They promise to give you a fantastic figure and help you lose weight, but when you drill down into the data, you find that this is a long way from the truth. (Only about one in twenty people actually keep weight off five years after going on a diet). What’s more, many fad diets promise unrealistic results like helping you lose more than five pounds per week without doing any exercise.
As the following info-graphic makes clear, the best approach to recovering from pregnancy is to focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Fat diets are, by their nature, short-term: they provide instant results, but it’s not possible to keep them up long term. They ask too much.
Changing your lifestyle, however, is something that you can do, and you can continue to reap the benefits over the long-term. What’s more, it doesn’t eat into your budget or have an adverse environmental impact, as some of these diets do.
The best available evidence suggests that people should eat around 35 percent of their calories from grains and starchy plants and should shoot for approximately 2,000 calories per day. Read on to find out more.
Infographic by University of Southern California