Breast feeding and hunger/weightloss

Stef - posted on 11/13/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




Hi. I have a nine week old baby and have around 7-10lbs of baby weight to loose. I am active all day most days as I have a two year old too. I am ebf and am averaging 3-4 hours sleep a night and am exhausted to say the least. My body aches! I am also starving! I don't care what I eat I just need food and am drinking about 3 litres water a day. I have been trying to stick to 2000 cals a day but allot of times go over as I am shaky for lack of food but want to loose weight. Anyone have any advice please?


Guest - posted on 11/13/2014




First, you NEED to sleep! I know that's difficult with a 9 week baby, but lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain and inability to lose weight in numerous bodies of research. Have someone watch the children so that you can get an additional 3-4 hours of sleep during the day. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body begins to feel it needs protection, so not only do you store fat, but you are hungrier too, so you eat more, and store more. Furthermore, because you are tired, you crave carbohydrates, which give you a quick boost of energy and are easily broken down and stored as fat inside the body. Unfortunately, once that quick boost wears off, you are craving more carbs, and the cycle continues until you catch up on sleep.

Second, you NEED to keep it under 2000 calories. Pay attention to what foods you are using to make up that 2000 calories -- that is A LOT of food. Most veggies, with the exception of starches like potatoes and cauliflower are very low in calories and fat. Most of your diet should be veggies.

Third, WHEN you eat is just as important as WHAT you eat protein in the morning, and use fruits as a mid-day snack for an energy boost. The rest should be veggies with small amounts of starches and carbohydrate laden foods. You can substitute a lot of simple carb foods with better things. For example, shredded cabbage makes a great base for stir fry veggies in stead of noodles or rice. Use hummus instead of mayo or dips. Use dense, whole grain breads in place of white or simple wheat bread.

Lastly....and I might should have put this first, you baby is only 9 weeks old, your body is still adjusting to not having a child inside, so it can take some time. Just eat healthily, sleep enough, and get some exercise, and once your body adjusts, your weight will regulate itself.

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