I am pregnant once again 1st week is going on but i am over weight and really want to loose my weight what to do?
Denikka - posted on 10/30/2012
You can absolutely lose unhealthy weight while pregnant. Like Holly said, eat right and exercise. I'm glad to see that she posted lots of different exercises that you can do while pregnant.
Watch your portion sizes, watch what you're eating too. Stay away from junky foods or, if you must have them, limit yourself. Replace *white things* (bread, rice, pasta) with whole grains. Switch to a whole grain bread (not whole wheat), go towards wild rice (brown rice isn't as bad as white, but isn't as good as wild) and whole wheat pasta. You can also try newer things, like quinoa.
Try to stay away from processed and packaged foods as much as possible. If you eat cereal in the morning, try switching to a healthier brand, or better yet, switch to oatmeal (sweetened with fruit and/or a touch of honey instead of sugar) or eggs.
Watch your salt intake, but don't stop eating it entirely. Processed foods contain a lot of salt and that can cause water retention. Especially preserved meats. Try to stay away from deli meats. If you eat a lot of sandwiches, create your own meat. You can make roast beef, roast pork, do a chicken in the oven, and voila, sandwich meat :P
Speaking of water, replace sugary drinks with it. In fact, other than milk, try to replace ALL your drinks with water. Pop especially, but anything caffeinated (coffee and black and green teas), and even fruit juice. You're better off eating a piece of fruit than drinking fruit juice. If you really like your tea though, or dislike the taste of plain water, you can switch to herbal teas (don't drink anything with raspberry leaf in it!!!)
Keep in mind portion sizes. Use plates that are slightly smaller than general dinner plates. That way, your portions seem bigger, even when they're not. Half your plate should be veggies (stay away from heavy sauces and dressings, but get creative with spices to add flavor. Hummus also makes a pretty good alternative dip and you can make your own), 1/4 should be meat and the other 1/4 can be your pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.
Find alternative snacks. Veggies are a great one, but can get really boring after a while. Popcorn (with minimal or no butter) is an excellent choice, apples and bananas, kale chips (make them at home). Nuts are another good option, just watch which ones you're eating. Peanuts, for example, are super fatty. Keep nuts in moderation. Avoid salted nuts and stick to raw nuts whenever possible. Almonds and walnuts are excellent, cashews are also good, but tend towards the fatty side, so watch how many you eat :)
Beyond diet, exercise is obviously important. Just keep moving. Walking is awesome, especially for pregnant women. It can help strengthen the muscles you'll use to give birth and could give you an easier labor and delivery :) Gentle yoga is another option. Don't do anything that hurts or makes you uncomfortable though!!
Best of luck :)
Holly - posted on 10/30/2012
you STILL don't want to go on a diet when you are pregnant. by eating healthy and being active, your body will burn the excess fat. don't eat fast food. make yourself healthy food... go on a walk every night... there may be some exercises geared for pregnant women... and perhaps you can do those... but i would NOT diet while you are pregnant. you are SUPPOSED to gain weight when you are pregnant.
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