Wednesday, 30 July 2014

There is no secret!!

I'm going to be totally honest and tell you I was in two minds about doing this post. After consulting my very honest blogging friends we all agreed it's a contentious issue, and can get women's backs up, but most of them said they would be interested to read it. I decided to go ahead with it and share my thoughts. What am I talking about- why the post baby body of course!! 

You'd have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed the media frenzy when a high profile celeb has a baby. All the talk about their crazy diets and gruelling exercise regimes is plastered all over the mags and I'm sure many people do buy into it. But I for one don't. There is no secret trick to weight loss and the sooner you realise that the sooner you get on your way to loosing the weight. 

So how do they do it? 

1.Having a head start. Celebs have a helping hand in that the vast majority of them have amazing bodies to begin with, and the muscle memory eventually kicks in again after a few months anyway. The vast majority of us don't have rock hard abs to begin with, so to think that we could possibly have flat stomachs shortly after having a baby is ludicrous. 

2.Genes. A lot of the celebs and models have got where they are because of their figures, and a lot of the time their figures are down to their genes. We all have a friend that eats like a horse and never puts on any weight - well a lot of celebs are that 'friend'. So it stands to reason that genes will play a part in post baby recovery too. 

3. Being healthy. A lot of women see pregnancy as an excuse to gorge on forbidden foods, after all we're eating for two right? Wrong. We only need to eat an extra 200 calories a day to provide for the baby, and that doesn't even begin to cover a gorging session. The key is eating healthy throughout pregnancy not only for your health but for your baby too. Obviously you're going to put on weight but if you are sensible and stay within the healthy range, it's going to be easier to loose it the other side. For a lot of Celebs their career is built on their bodies so they are probably thinking long term more than the rest of us who's income doesn't depend on how quick we get back into our skinny jeans. 

4. Money. Probably the most obvious one. When you can pay for nannies, personal trainers, nutritionists and god knows what else, it's going to be a lot easier than the average woman who is surviving on little sleep, running a house, tending to a newborn, possibly looking after other children and in some cases even working.

I've had a few emails from women who've had babies recently asking how I've lost my baby weight, so I thought I'd do a post in the hope it may help someone. The vast majority of my weight loss, I've put down to genes, or as some people call it luck! Through being sensible and eating normal throughout pregnancy I put 1 and 1/2 stone. One stone disappeared in the few days following birth, leaving me with half a stone to play with. Being moderately active and eating healthy, has shifted the last half stone without too much effort. Breastfeeding has also played a part, as it burns up to 500 calories a day, basically while sitting on your bum - where else would you get a workout like that without breaking out in a sweat! 

I did put on more weight in my last pregnancy, with about a 2 stone gain. It wasn't as easy shifted last time, and I literally only lost about 10 pound after giving birth, and my wee man was 7lb 2oz. It took about 9 months of strict dieting and being very active. I wasn't as healthy 3/4 years ago and did do a bit more 'eating for two' in my last pregnancy. But while loosing the weight last time I educated myself on diet and have a lot more knowledge now, and subsequently changed my attitude to food. 

I used the My Fitness Pal app to help with weight loss after my last pregnancy. Basically you put in your current weight and your ideal weight, and how much you want to loose a week, and it tells you how many calories you need to eat per day to get there. Then you log in what you eat daily to keep track and it counts up the calories for you.You can also add any exercise to it too. It does take a bit of time and thought, but its a great way of educating yourself on the amount of calories, carbs, protein etc in your food. I don't calorie count now, as long term I think its unsustainable. I just eat loads of fruit, vegetables, quite a lot of protein and try not to go too crazy on carbs. I also have a gluten and dairy intolerance so have to be careful with food choices. 

While I might be back to normal on the scales now my bodies not exactly as it was before, I definitely still have a wobbly belly complete with linea nigra. Because my stomach muscles split during pregnancy I have to be careful with core exercises. I still have some hip pain following on from the PGP I had while pregnant, and to top it all off I have an awful shoulder injury from overuse of muscles and bad posture while feeding. 

It's going to take a bit of exercise to really tone up, but right now I can't really do much, so I'm continuing to walk as much as possible and do a little bit of light running when I can, and eat healthy and hope I'll get to where I want to be in a few months time.

So there's no big secret to the perfect post baby body, but if you arm yourself with a bit of knowledge on healthy eating and get active, you will see progress. Instagram is great for getting healthy eating ideas and fitness inspiration. Search #fitspo #postbabybody #healthyeating #cleaneating type hashtags and have a quick flick through your feed every morning to help you on the straight and narrow for that day.

Whenever your little ones (hopefully) go down for a nap, if you can, use the time to do a YouTube ten minute exercise session or plan a healthy lunch for yourself. And remember 9 months on 9 months off, and if you can do it any sooner that's brilliant, but if you're determined you will get there. 

I think the best thing is to try and change your lifestyle as opposed to dieting, concentrate on eating healthy so you can set a good example, because weaning is not far away and why would you feed your babies with the best food possible and fill your own body full of crap. Around the weaning stage is a great time to start eating healthy, so take full advantage of all those healthy foods you're feeding the wee ones.

Obviously I'm no expert, I just have a love for food and exercise, and I'm far from perfect, but I do try and do the best I can with what I've got. But whats most important of all is to enjoy those snuggly, chubby, cute little balls of joy you created as obviously their needs come first. If you have a bit of time and energy to spare for getting back into shape use it, if not just do it when you can, the baby days are only a few months of your life!





Tx



14 comments:

  1. Great post I'm sure this will help a lot of women, wish I'd have realised it wasn't going to drop off all those years ago!

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    1. For some people it does but it even varies in one person, as it didnt drop off last time, but then i did over indulge. Yes that was my intention Sharron, if it helps one person it was worth it.

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  2. You had my attention from start to finish - this is a really good post - REALLY GOOD>
    I gained 4 stone with each of mine which is why it took forever to get rid of. My body shape will never be what it was and I can accept that.

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    1. Fiona, I cant imagine you as anything other than a skinny minnie!!

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  3. Super post and even for those of us who no longer have babies .... but still have weight, there is lots of good advice. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Helen, I think the key is realising that there are no shortcuts and you have to out a bit of effort in. I'm good about 80% of the time so theres always room for improvement!

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  4. Brilliant post Trea. Wish you could have posted this 19 years ago!

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  5. Still cant believe u have a 19 year old Donna. I'd imagine we're far more knowledgeable about food nowadays but there also wouldn't have been the same pressure on women years ago.

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  6. What a brilliantly honest piece of writing and you're right - a lot of it is genetic and it is unfair to think that amazing results can be achieved for everyone. If you weren't huge in the first place, the chances are you will revert back to something similar to what you were before but "a little different". You can weigh the same, be the same size in clothes but everything fits just a little different. But people need reminding about that and also that just because a celebrity can do it - we shouldn't set the same expectations for ourselves and our lifestyles.

    And I forgot about that linea nigra - it was there and then it vanished. From my memory too it would appear.

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  7. Excellent post honey - perfectly put xxxx

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  8. Great post Trea! Its so encouraging to know we are all in the same boat apart from the celebs of course who are in worlds of their own! I found it easier after pregnancy number 2....I learnt from my mistakes the first time around! Ax

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  10. Hi there, nice to have you over my blog on Friday. I wasn't sure where to comment for the PostBaby one, so will just leave it here. as we saw by Gisele Bunchen, the genes are everything and working out and eating good stuff is their job. There is a lot a lot of hours at home when you have a baby and this leads 9for me) to eating that marks and spencer full fat yoghurt and mac and cheese, which made the jeans even more squeeky tight,
    Oh yes just scrolled up, I'm in the right place...

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  11. Amazing blog and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!

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