This is one of the major issues that all the moms are facing. And it might be because of the expectations that are laid by society or sometimes by ourselves that we should lose weight after kids. But not just the weight loss but many expectations are set for mothers which makes it hard for mothers to live up to and weight loss after kids is one such thing
- Do diets work?
Well, I am sure we all did go on a diet and ridiculously failed…? Smiling? Yes! I did too.
Diets work! That is the reason there are so many ideas about it. You just need to be consistent. But just because you are not being able to be consistent on a diet doesn’t mean that you are doing a wrong one or a wrong way. Weight loss after kids is a little hard but don’t be so concerned about it
- Reasons for a failed attempt to diet:
Whenever you go on a diet, you would be placing restrictions on food. What to eat and what not to! But your body might not accept this because it is a way that your body is trying to survive.
When you start your diet, you are rejecting the food that your body needs.
And as a result, you would be hungrier and constantly think of food that you want to have.
Hunger is something that you can’t ignore and you eventually end up eating a little more.
But hey! This doesn’t mean that you did it wrong. The diet failed you.
Don’t just let one failed attempt of going on a diet affect your self-confidence.
- Go slow on the term “Diet”
Well, this is something that makes me more concerned. When you are young, you have the self-esteem and energy to do on a vigorous diet. But would you be able to do the same in the late ’70s….?? Maybe not! You won’t be saying – “No sweets please, I am on a diet” right..?
Diet and weight loss is something that you have to go very slow. Aiming for a long-term action plan which works is the key! All other short diets are very hard to stick on!
Taking baby steps with diet and making them a part of your lifestyle matters. As you know, it takes 21 days to build a habit and 90 days for a lifestyle. Weight loss after kids has to be a long term journey.
Mothers do have a lot to deal with, with baby, house chores. For a new mother, it is just not advisable to go on any kind of diet.
- Our behavior towards food and weight would affect kids:
As it is known that, kids follow parents. And when we say this is “junk food” or “bad” food, they think it that way too. And growing up that would start being more conscious about the above terms.
This includes our beliefs about weight loss too! When we constantly talk about – “I have put on a lot of weight, I want to lose it by diet” It is for sure that kids would make a connection to bigger body size and eating junk food is “bad” and smaller side body and eating less is “good”
Well, this doesn’t mean, you allow them to have chips, cakes, chocolates all day long. Just that making comments about weight around kids would make them more aware and maybe at a point they would think a lot about this!
Perfect Parenting is a myth! From time to time we all learn new things about parenting. But your overall message to kids is what matters, in the end! They learn from you!
- Motherhood and weight:
I heard many comments about a mother gaining weight after delivery. Yes! It happens and it is very obvious! But hey momma, you can take your time to lose weight. Comments always come in, no matter what you do.
But you have to make a choice, of how you want to deal with it. Firstly, plan things out! Being in a hurry for a faster weight loss would lead you to nowhere! And as a mom, you already have a lot to deal with.
Spending time with kids means, making memories and having fun versus making yourself starve for food. Which would make you more irritated by being hungry. Motherhood comes with a lot of responsibilities, house chores, baby care and you hardly have time for some “me time”
Making the “me time” fun is so important. But going on a diet to lose weight because You have to or because society is judgmental is just not worth it. Do not think that small bodies are happy ones. Thin or healthy, weight loss or no weight loss, eating right, having daily activity matters. Yes, being healthy is good for you, only if you enjoy doing so.
Being a mom is a task and we all mothers have a hard time dealing with it. And while you starve, things would be even harder. As I said in my above paragraph’s plan things up! Set a realistic goal that you could achieve. Start small. Once you could set your daily schedule work things upwards! Exercise daily!
Being a mother is not just doing your part of responsibilities but it is about being a great role model for your kids. Which would make a much bigger impact on both, you and your kids.
In the end, you are the only one who can give your children a happy mother who loves life!!
Be the best example for your kids. Not just weight loss but anything for that matter. Because kids learn from you! Kids look up to you!
This is my first article on my website. Happy to share this article with you all. I so wanted to write on this as I have seen many mothers struggling to lose weight just because society thinks she is fat.
I hope my article would give you a little motivation about being happy the way you are and accepting your body. i know weight loss after kids is a little challenging but there is more to add to the beautiful journey of motherhood. In the end, when you are happy, your children are happy too!
With so much love to all Super Moms