Our expert says:
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. I agree that you are overweight because your present BMI = 33,6. It would be good if you could start off by losing 10 kg which would give you a great boost emotionally. I am, however, worried from what you say that you are suffering from post-natal depression. This is a relatively common condition which occurs in many mothers after the birth of their babies. Depression is one of the most important causes of weight gain and inability to lose weight. I would recommend that you consult a clinical psychologist to find out if you are depressed and to learn more positive coping skills. I know that it is mind boggling to suddenly be responsible for another little person, but you need to organise your life and take your own life back into your own hands. Try 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 - put baby in a pram and go for a brisk walk every day for 30 min. The exercise will not only promote weight loss, but also lift your mood.
Hang in there
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