Starting A Weight Loss Diet Plan After Baby

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My youngest is 6 months. So I am 6 months postpartum. With my first two kids, I didn’t gain much weight. I actually lost more weight than I gained. I was so sick during those pregnancies and I threw up the whole nine months. This time around, I was already about twenty pounds overweight when I got pregnant and I gained thirty pounds throughout the pregnancy.

Furthermore, I developed a late-night snacking habit that lasted for months after I gave birth. My husband works third shift as well, so I’d stay up late and eat. I love food anyway, so this was not a hard habit for me to develop.

Right after I gave birth to my son, I told myself that I was going to start working out after my six-week postpartum appointment. The six weeks came and went and I did nothing. I started eating more and more. Instead of losing baby weight, I was gaining weight. In the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I actually lost about five pounds because I started throwing up. I went down to 225 pounds. In the first couple of months after delivery, I gained that back.

I have never really had the best eating habits. I just have good genes and my family stays slim, but I also take medicine for a mental illness that I have (Read more about it here.) The medicine has always made my weight fluctuate. So for years, my weight has gone up and down from time to time without me really doing anything to affect it but change medications.

Now, I am at my heaviest, and I made a decision. I made the decision to get healthy. I don’t want to look overweight and out of shape. Also, I want to feel good and be healthy for my kids and husband. I want to lift my confidence, improve my mental clarity and be at my best. So I started with a diet plan to lose the weight I’ve gained. I also have a workout plan, but I am starting with the diet. I will implement the exercise later. Though, I have started a few simple exercises already.

So, what is my diet plan, you may ask. I saw a woman on YouTube who said that she lost forty pounds in two months by eating a bowl of fruit per day with mixed nuts, a plate of vegetables per day and a whole bunch of water. So, I took that plan and tweaked it. Here is the video that inspired me, by the way:

In the video, she did talk a lot about exercise; And I am going to exercise. I will start a running regimen that I will update you on later. In addition to the eating plan she implemented in the video, I have a plant-based protein shake for breakfast. I use a couple of different plant-based protein powders that I already had in the house. I am using the brands SunWarrior and Kura. You can purchase them both here on Amazon:

Sunwarrior Plant-based Protein Powder

Kura Plant-Based Protein Powder

 

My Sunwarrior protein powder packaging looks a little different, but it’s essentially the same. I have the Mocha flavor from SunWarrior and from Kura, I have the Chai flavor. I just switch them up.

I have been on this diet for close to two weeks now. Here is what a day of eating looks like for me:

Breakfast

One scoop of protein powder

Almond Milk

Cold coffee

A banana

All blended together into a protein shake.

Lunch

A bowl of fruit!

I thoroughly enjoy this meal. I throw different fruits into my bowl from day to day. So far, I have included banana, oranges, apples, grapes, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries. So, I have eaten a good variety. Here is one of my fruit bowls:

This one had an apple, a banana, a handful of grapes, and some cherries.

After my fruit bowl, I will have about a half cup of mixed nuts. I have used the Great Value brand from Wal Mart, but right now, I am eating the Planters NUTrition Heart Healthy Snack Nut Mix. They can be purchased here on Amazon.

Dinner

A bowl of vegetables!

My bowls have included zucchini, broccoli, red peppers, peas, baked potatoes, cauliflower, okra, and cucumbers. So, I have had some good variety in there. I am falling in love with veggies! I never have eaten so many vegetables in my life. And enjoyed them! Here is one of my vegetable bowls:

 

This bowl was okra, zucchini and onions sauteed in olive oil with garlic powder to season them, then cucumbers on the side.

I stop eating after eight o clock. I have totally nixed late-night eating. If I get hungry a couple of hours after dinner, I will eat an apple with peanut butter or a handful of nuts with some raisins. But never after eight.

My mission is to lose 50 pounds by my daughter’s birthday on April 18. I believe I can do it! I am fitting a pair of jeans that were a size too small, so I know I have downsized some. I haven’t weighed myself because my scale needs a new battery and won’t work. I will get it soon, but for now, I am not obsessing about how much I am losing.

I am eating this way for the month of January, then I will continue a plant-based diet, adding grains and such. I will also incorporate intermittent fasting. Yeah, I am very serious about reaching my goal weight. So please follow me here on my blog as well as my YouTube channel!

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44 thoughts on “Starting A Weight Loss Diet Plan After Baby

  1. I know how hard it is for me to lose weight without kids or a husband so I can only imagine how much harder it is post having a baby. It looks like you are doing great and have a plan.

  2. These are great tips! My daughter was sick trimester 1 and 2 went a little nuts in her third trimester and is going through this now 1 year pp.

  3. Good luck! Nutrition is 80% and exercise is 20%. I run, a lot, but have learned you can’t outrun the fork. 🙂

  4. Good, healthy stuff! I have recently embraced intermittent fasting and really love it, so I get the nothing after 8 approach.

  5. Good for you for taking control! it’s so tough after having a baby. Getting the motivation up is the hardest part. At least it was for me.

    1. Yeah, I am like, desperate this time. I feel I have no option but to move forward and improve. I am ready for the next stage of my life. Thanks Rachel!

  6. Thanks for sharing this! I am 5 months post partum, and was lucky enough to lose weight after he was born. When I am done breastfeeding, I feel like my weight will shoot right back up. I will keep this diet in mind so I can stay healthy!

  7. Good luck to you! All of bodies react differently to new ‘diet’s’ or lifestyle changes. I don’t think I could do this one. Three times/year I go on a 10-day clean eating ‘cleanse’ to remind my body and mind what I should be doing. Even though I eat enough calories – I am still hungry because of the lack of carbs.

    1. Hi Judean. In the past, I always thought I couldn’t do a diet like this, then I made a decision and I believe GHod gave me the motivation and drive to finally get healthy to save my life and my family. Thanks for commenting!

  8. Looks like you’re incorporating lots of good, healthy foods into your routine! It can be so hard to get back into any type of routine after babies…good for you!!

  9. I was in a similar boat with baby #3. Of course, there were complications involved, too, so that didn’t help. Glad you found something that worked for you, though!

  10. I switched to a 100% plant based lifestyle almost five years ago. I lost 60 pounds and healed so many disorders, including 20 years of chronic sciatica and pain. Don’t be afraid to eat lots and lots of fruits and veggies! They are so good for us. I feel so much better that I’ve never gone back to my old way of eating.

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