Post-pregnancy weight loss 'should be slow and steady'

22 November 2011

Weight loss surgery and extreme dieting not a healthy way to lose weight post-pregnancy, according to one healthcare expert.

Zest4lifeUK.com, a pre and postnatal personal training and fitness service, advised that losing pregnancy weight should be a slow and sustained process and should not compromise the quality of breast milk for the baby.

Dr Joanna Helcke, wellness consultant and founder of the site, said: "I never focus on the usual going on a diet approach, as this implies a short-term measure which is liable to be unsustainable."

She added that postnatal women should make sure they get the correct balance and type of protein, carbohydrates, fat, dairy, fruit and vegetables to sustain themselves and the baby and allow the excess weight to come off at a slow and steady rate.

Postnatal abdominal exercises are a good way to strengthen the stomach muscles, according to Dr Helcke.

The Baby Centre commented that by the end of pregnancy a woman may weigh about 12.5kg (27.6lb) more than before the pregnancy.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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