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Diet Tips to Lose Weight After Pregnancy

Weight gain during pregnancy is extremely natural. This extra weight goes away naturally once you deliver the baby. All you need to do is practice a few healthy tips and understand the rhythm in which your body works.

If you are feeling anxious, or simply struggling to cope up with the post-pregnancy weight, have a read below. we have listed down some great tips to help you lose that extra pounds after delivery.

• Set a Workout Plan

Learn some yoga, aerobics, Zumba, etc from the internet. Try doing it 2-3 times a week, depending on your strength. These activities will whip your body back into shape. However, make sure you seek your dietitian or doctor’s advice before you begin your workout plan.

• Drink Lots of Water/Fluids

Include water and various nutritious fluids in your healthy diet plan. It will help you stay hydrated and enable easy weight loss.

• Go for Fiber-Rich Food Items

Include lots of fiber rich foods in your diet plan. Fiber foods slow down digestion, reduce hunger hormone levels and help you stay full for a longer time. For example, a bowl of high-fiber oatmeal with berries on top is a great way to start the day.

• Bake, Broil, Grill, Roast, and Steam

Instead of frying foods, choose other healthy cooking techniques like baking, broiling, grilling, roasting, and steaming. These techniques require less or no oil. It will not only cut fats from your diet but will also reduce the risk of many other lifestyle disorders.

• Avoid Eating the Following Food Items

If you want to be honest with your weight-reduction plan, ensure you avoid eating the following food items.

➢ Avoid nut butter as dips

➢ Stay away from too much bread or maida

➢ Avoid ketchup or other sauces and dressings

➢ Don’t eat packaged foods (biscuits, cereals with sugar, namkeens, chips, etc.)

➢ Avoid junk and processed food items like pizza, burgers, chips, samosa, bhel, vada pav, mayonnaise, cakes, candies, etc.

➢ Likewise exclude aerated drinks, canned juices, ice-creams, etc from your post-delivery diet.

All these food items are generally low in nutrients and high in calories, sugar, preservatives, sodium, and added fats.

• Choose Healthy Substitutes

Include healthy substitutions in your diet plan. Healthy substitutions will not only reduce the amount of fat, calories, and salt in your recipes but will also improve your nutritional content.

➢ For example:

Instead of white pasta, choose multigrain or whole wheat pasta

➢ Amaranth or rajgira is another superfood to boost the immune system. It can be used instead of rice in various preparations.

➢ Consume low-fat milk, instead of whole milk

➢ Instead of sour cream use Greek yogurt

➢ Prepare frozen fruit sorbets with banana as a sweetener instead of consuming store-bought ice creams

➢ Use jaggery or honey instead of refined sugar as a sweetener

• Don’t Crash Diet

A low-calorie crash diet lacks important nutrients. It makes you feel worn-out and drained throughout the day. Instead, stick to a healthy diet plan It will help you stay fit and energetic all day long.

Keep in mind that you may not be able to return to your exact pre-pregnancy weight or shape immediately. Give yourself at least a six-eight-month time before you start watching your calorie intake actively.

The tips outlined above will significantly help you reduce weight post-pregnancy. It will boost your immunity and help you maintain an appropriate weight.

You can also seek guidance from a registered dietitian before making significant dietary changes to your post-delivery diet plan. A qualified fertility nutrition specialist/dietician like Kanupriya will not only guide you meal by meal, day by day but will also make your post-pregnancy time as pleasant and easygoing as possible.

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Stay Hydrated When You Are Breastfeeding

According to studies, it’s recommended that you drink more water than usual when you’re breastfeeding. Since your breast milk is made up of about 90 percent water, it’s important to drink plenty of water each day while planning your diet during your lactation period. Drinking enough water will not only keep you healthy and hydrated but will also help you produce and maintain your breast milk supply.

Tips to Get Enough Water Each Day

  • It can be difficult to keep a track of how much water you’re drinking when you are a busy new mom. A good way to get enough water in your breastfeeding meal plan is to keep a bottle of water near you to sip while you’re nursing. That way, you’ll be sure to gulp sufficient water when you need.
  • “Time” your water intake if you have a hard time remembering to drink it. Set an alarm for every hour and try to sip a few ounces each time the alarm goes off. You will soon be in the habit of drinking water.
  • You can also carry your water bottle with you when you’re on the go. Keep it in your diaper bag, or in the stroller pocket. By having water handy, you’ll be more likely to consume enough water throughout the day.

Check if You Are Consuming Enough Water

One way to determine if you are consuming enough water is to pay close attention to your
urine. If your urine is almost clear or a pale yellow in colour – it means you are drinking enough water. However, if the urine is dark yellow or you realize that you are urinating less often than usual- then it’s a sign that you are probably dehydrated.

Recommended Water Intake During Breastfeeding
During breastfeeding, the average intake of water should be minimum 3 litres. However, if you need precise information on how much water you should consume as per your health condition – contact Kanupriya Khanna. A certified nutritionist from Delhi, Kanupriya will not only share tips on how to get the right amount of water during breastfeeding but will also help you plan a good post delivery diet to stay healthy.

For more information on Kanupriya Khanna https://kanupriyakhanna.in

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Traditional Indian Recipes that Can Be Included in Your Breastfeeding Meal Plan

Post delivery the mother’s diet affects the quantity and quality of breast milk. So it is advisable for new moms to intake a balanced and nutritious diet, in order to provide complete nourishment to the baby during the first six months

If you are exclusively looking for a nutritious breastfeeding meal plan, have a look at some delectable traditional Indian recipes below. Nutritious, wholesome, healthy and scrumptious – these recipes can be easily prepared at home.

Spinach Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup – fresh spinach leaves finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 3 small cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp moong dal
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ cup of water
  • Salt – as required

Procedure

  • Wash spinach leaves thoroughly in clean water. Simultaneously soak moong dal in water for 10 minutes.
  • In a pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds to it. Allow the seeds to splutter. Next, add chopped garlic and saute it for two minutes.
  • Now add chopped onions and tomatoes and fry them nicely until it turns mushy golden brown.
  • Next, add spinach leaves and soaked moong dal. Give a quick stir and mix all the ingredients well.
  • Add water and sprinkle salt and turmeric powder.
  • Cook everything together for few minutes in medium-low flame.
  • Once the spinach leaves soften and begin to melt – transfer the cooked mixture to a blender.
  • Grind the mixture into a smooth puree. Add water as required.
  • Sprinkle pepper powder and serve the soup warm!

Ragi Porridge

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ragi flour
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tsp guar gum
  • ½ tsp ajwain seeds powder
  • 1 tsp dill seeds powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut grated
  • 1 tbsp jaggery
  • 2 cups water /coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp nuts (optional)
  • Saffron few strands (optional)

Procedure:

  • Heat ghee in a broad pan.
  • Roast ragi flour in ghee. When you can smell the aroma, add guar gum – roast it for 1 min.
  • Next, add all the spices. Roast it for another 1 min. Add some nuts and some saffron(optional)
  • In another pot, boil 2 small cups of water with 1 tbsp jaggery. Allow the jaggery to get melted.
  • When ragi is roasted with herbs – add jaggery water and mix well.

Khichdi – Ayurvedic Food Recipes

Khichdi can be described as a porridge type of dish prepared from mung lentil and rice as the main ingredients. Various herbs and spices make it a healing recipe for various diseases. Ayurvedic therapies use it for cleansing due to its ease of digestion and assimilation.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup split moong dal (lentil)
  • 1/2 tbsp ghee or sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp hing also called asafoetida
  • 1/2 inch finely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8-10 whole black peppercorn
  • 4 to 6 cups of water depending upon the consistency desired.

Procedure

  • Wash the lentil and rice together.
  • In a heated heavy-bottomed saucepan or pressure cooker add ghee (clarified butter) or oil.
  • When ghee gets warmed, add hing along with cumin and mustard seeds. Wait till the seeds crackle.
  • Add chopped ginger, sauté for about 30 seconds.
  • Add rice, dal, turmeric, salt and whole black peppercorns.
  • Mix in gently.
  • Add water and bring to a boil over high heat. Keep stirring occasionally. If using a saucepan, cover it, reduce heat to low flame and cook undisturbed until soft for about 30 minutes.
  • Switch off heat, let khichdi rest for 5 minutes.
  • If using a pressure cooker, cook the khichdi for one whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool off.
  • Fluff it up gently with a spoon, add a tablespoon of ghee (optional) and serve.

Variation: – You can use quinoa instead of rice. Vegetables can be added to make a one-pot meal. If root vegetables, sauté first then add rice and dhal. Green leafy vegetables can be added at the end when khichari is nearly cooked.  Garnish with rosemary/fresh dill.

Beetroot and Coconut Soup

  • 1 lb beetroot
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 1 large piece of ginger
  • 1 onion (optional)
  • 1 large carrot (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon of your favourite frying oil
  • Juice of one lemon or lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chive and fresh cream (optional, for serving)

Procedure

  • Peel and dice the vegetables. Grate the ginger.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the diced vegetable and the grated ginger.
  • Stir fry on high heat for 5 min. Keep stirring constantly.
  • Add coconut milk and one pint of water. Bring to the boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook until the vegetables are quite tender. Next blend to a smooth soup.
  • Bring back to the boil, and add salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving – add the lemon juice.
  • Serve with chopped chives and a spoonful of fresh cream for a dramatic colour effect.

For more such tips and recipes on post delivery diet contact Kanupriya Khanna. One of the best nutritionists in Delhi, Kanupriya works with women to improve their pre and postnatal nutritional intake. She will not only share traditional post delivery diet plans but will also explain the quantity in which they should be consumed.

 

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