Why do some people gain weight after pregnancy? One reason is the disturbed sleep pattern; inadequate amount of sleep can equal pounds on the scale. Studies show people who sleep less tend to crave high calorie foods and carbohydrates, and have insulin and blood sugar levels that are similar to those in people who are likely to have diabetes. Second is, that when you are tired you crave more foods. But that is not all, your metabolism slows down as well. The combination makes people gain weight after pregnancy.
Think about your eating habits, you may have increased your portion size during your pregnancy and now reducing the portions will help promote weight loss. Focus on healthy choices, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Remove all junk food from the house, if it is there it is easy to give in to temptation. Avoid grazing; you can consume dense amounts of calories eating this way and not even realize you are doing it.
Another reason for weight gain is lack of exercise, many new moms are tired, and they do not burn enough calories. It is difficult to find time to exercise after bringing home your new bundle of joy. Take the time to walk with your baby; it will actually give you increased energy levels. Movement is good for the body, mind and spirit. Drink plenty of water. This is great especially if you are breastfeeding.
There are medical conditions that can be responsible too; postpartum infection of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis) can cause intense weight gain. A simple blood test will confirm the diagnosis, in most cases the thyroid will return to normal; in others thyroid medication will have to be taken to control the symptoms. I personally know of a mother who earned 15 pounds in 2 months. It was thyroid issue. She managed to regulate it with proper diet and exercise.
New Moms have to be realistic, it may take time to lose the post baby pounds. Eat a well-balanced diet, exercise and in most cases the pounds will come off. Do not get discouraged if it takes six months to one year to lose the weight. Remember your body changes after giving birth, a slow healthy loss is desired. After all, it took 9 months to gain the weight, it will probably take that long to lose it. Do not go on any extreme diets, as this can really affect your overall health.