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Losing weight after having a baby

MUM in DOHA: Losing weight after having a baby

Words by Lynsey Riach
Photos by Jessie Palanca

I feel it’s time to bring my body back so I’ve been reminding myself of that old analogy that because it took nine months to put the baby weight on, therefore it will take nine months to get it off. And as friends and family keep reminding me, I have a powerful fat burning tool at my disposal – breastfeeding. Or do I?

Eat mindfully As a breastfeeding mother twice over, I know that although nursing burns a stack of calories (approximately 850 per day), it also leaves a busy mama ravenous! I’ve fallen into the trap of eating extra cake because, well, I can, but what if I didn’t finish that extra slice of red velvet? For me, my motivation depends greatly on my scale of tiredness and if it’s off the chart then I’ll probably swerve away from the fresh fruit salad and reach for a baked-to-perfection cinnamon swirl. And we can thank science for this. Hungry and sleep-deprived, we tend to satisfy our cravings with simple carbohydrates to make up for the lack of sleep. Basically, we end up reaching for the cookies.

I’ve fallen into the trap of eating extra cake because, well, I can, but what if I didn’t finish that extra slice of red velvet? For me, my motivation depends greatly on my scale of tiredness and if it’s off the chart then I’ll probably swerve away from the fresh fruit salad and reach for a baked-to-perfection cinnamon swirl. And we can thank science for this. Hungry and sleep-deprived, we tend to satisfy our cravings with simple carbohydrates to make up for the lack of sleep. Basically, we end up reaching for the cookies.

And we can thank science for this. Hungry and sleep-deprived, we tend to satisfy our cravings with simple carbohydrates to make up for the lack of sleep. Basically, we end up reaching for the cookies.

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