Many new moms have tried everything to lose weight, from diet pills to herbal teas and exercise. Yet, they’re still struggling to get rid of belly fat and cellulite. Postpartum weight loss can be challenging. Unless you’re gifted with a fast metabolism, you can spend years trying to slim down. If you’re tired of dieting and strenuous workouts, try something new. Here are some unconventional ways moms can drop that baby weight:
Research indicates that poor sleep affects the body’s ability to burn fat by up to 55 percent. When you don’t get enough rest, your cortisol levels go up. Cortisol, the stress, hormone, has been linked to a higher risk of obesity. Poor sleep also causes your body to produce more ghrelin, the hunger hormone. These factors combined can lead to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and diabetes. If you want to lose weight, sleep at least eight hours per night.
Eat Alkaline-Promoting Foods
When your body is too acidic, your risk of diseases increases. A diet high in acidic foods can mess up your hormones and make it harder to lose weight. Certain foods, such as meat, eggs, grains, and dairy, and considered acidic. Natural fats, sugars, and starches are considered neutral. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes are alkaline. Ideally, you should eat a diet of 60 to 80 percent alkalizing foods and 20 to 40 percent acidic foods. Water has a neutral pH.
Focus on Nutrient Timing
When you eat is just as important as what you eat. For this reason, it’s recommended to plan your meals around your workouts. Consume complex carbs and protein before exercise, simple carbs and protein after training, and healthy fats plus protein later in the day. The best time to eat simple carbs, such as rice and fruit, is post workout. Whole grains, oatmeal, vegetables, and legumes are rich in complex carbs and provide lasting energy, so they should be consumed in the morning or before training.
Load Up on Healthy Fats
Avocado, tuna, salmon, olive oil, and other high-fat foods promote satiety, keeping you full longer. If you’re struggling to lose weight postpartum, cut back on carbs and eat more fats. This way, you’ll feel satisfied after every meal and eat less throughout the day. Additionally, monounsaturated fats increase metabolism and balance your hormones, leading to faster weight loss. They also boost your energy and help preserve lean muscle while on a low calorie diet. For best results, include protein and healthy fats at every meal.