Michele Warsa: Hi, I am Michele Warsa owner of Fit Intuition (Ph) and Body On Purpose; and today I am going to show you how to lose weight after pregnancy. Now whenever weight loss comes into conversation people always ask is it just exercise? Is it nutrition? It's really both. So I am going to give you a few nutritional tips that are going to help you further shed those pounds after you have had the baby. Now I cannot tell you enough how important it is to stay hydrated, especially if you are breastfeeding. When you become dehydrated the one thing that you probably going to do is reach for a soda that just adds extra calories.
Another thing that's really important is eating maybe four to five meals a day and what that's going to do is that's going to create a thermic effect. With the thermic effect your body goes into burning calories just from eating. You can get prepackaged meals that are healthy and do have fewer calories. So when it comes to apportion size, the rule of thumb is that you want your protein to be no larger than just the palm of your hand. You want the carbohydrate to be again no larger than the full size of your palm.
Another thing that I cannot stress enough is fiber. Especially after having a baby you tend to become irregular. So you can always start your day off with the high fiber cereals but one of the highest contents of fibers is of course in beans. Now you can cook beans, you can fill them in your salads. You can eat them alone in soups, almost in anything. Heavy grained rices and even pastas that have extra fiber and of course there is always, always the option for fruits and vegetables.
Now one thing is that if you have junk in your home, you are going to eat it. Throw of it, you want to get rid of the junk because if it's there like anybody else you want to going to go for it. You always want to keep maybe some fresh nuts and vegetables. If you feel like you are going to want a snack and having almonds are always going to really provide you with plenty of nutrition. So that's it. Those are my nutritional tips to help you lose weight after pregnancy and so next I am going to share with you some tips on how you can maintain your exercise regimen and keep those unwanted pounds off.