Our expert says:
Congratulations on the birth of your son. Some women do unfortunately gain a lot of weight during pregnancy and then struggle to lose it. Don't try starving yourself because this can sabotage your attempts to lose weight. To lose weight you need to basically change your lifestyle. Reduce your energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). Doing aerobic exercises for at least 30 min a day will help you to lose weight all round and then you can still do the tummy tightening situps increasing how many you do as you lose weight and get fitter. Give yourself a chance to recover from the pregnancy - that lasted nine months, so don't try and lose all your weight in such a short time that it exhausts you. Also ask yourself if you may be suffering from depression. Post-partum depression is relatively common in women after giving birth. If this should be the case, then discuss this with your gynae or the dr who oversaw your pregnancy.
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