Many new mamas find themselves pregnant when they were trying to lose weight. If you find yourself pregnant at a time when your weight isn’t where you want it, don’t worry! You can burn fat and lose weight safely during pregnancy! Of course pregnancy makes weight loss more challenging, There are cravings, intense hunger, and a natural weight gain that can cause a lot of confusion for diet and weight loss. There are many steps you can take to help combat cravings, burn fat and even lose unhealthy weight during pregnancy.
How do I know if it is safe for me to lose weight while pregnant?
The first step is to talk to your doctor about your pre-pregnancy weight, and your current pregnancy weight. The doctor will take into account your fat percentage, likelihood of diabetes, and how much weight you’ve gained since becoming pregnant.
A simple way to know if you can lose weight while pregnant is to consider your pre-pregnancy weight. Were you over weight before you got pregnant? What is your ideal weight when not pregnant? If you know your pre-pregnancy weight, that will really help determine if you have extra weight to lose during pregnancy. For example, if you feel great at about 140lbs, but were 155lbs when you got pregnant, there is about 15lbs you could potentially lose during pregnancy. There are many factors during pregnancy when it comes to exact pounds, but in general, if you are above your comfortable weight when you get pregnant, then you most-likely have some weight you can lose (of course if you are underweight, this does not apply).
What steps do I take to burn fat while I am pregnant?
There are some simple steps you can take to burn fat during pregnancy that involve diet and exercise. Some minor diet and exercise tweaks can safely allow you to burn fat and lose weight throughout every trimester.
Focus on protein at every snack and meal:
Protein is really important during pregnancy. Protein provides essential amino acides for your growing baby, and it also helps you feel more full after a snack or a meal. Protein also burns more calories during digestion, so you are essentially making your body work harder when consuming protein. Think of protein as boosting your metabolism, and satisfying your hunger! When you feel more full, you also will have less cravings.
Our prenatal protein powder, Bump Dust is a great, delicious way to get in more protein every day. Even better, it is currently being tweaked to fully take the place of your prenatal vitamin, so you can ditch the pill and drink your shake! Starting your day with an amazing, prenatal protein shake is one of the best decisions you can make if you are wanting to burn fat.
Add more steps into your day:
You can easily increase your activity level by adding more steps into your day overall. Especially during pregnancy, it can be very difficult to stay active. As the belly grows, the activity level can slowly decline without even realizing it. There are many affordable step trackers, that will help you set goals. We like to suggest aiming for 10,000 steps a day. This usually involves walking a few miles total, which if you have little ones to chase after, it isn’t too hard.
Keep weight training through pregnancy:
By keeping your muscle mass during pregnancy, you will also be able to keep your metabolism higher, so you can burn more calories. Bodyweight exercises are wonderful for pregnancy as you get bigger, and adding small weights for a full body workout will really help burn calories, build muscle and burn fat.
Do not skip your protein shake after using weights! Your muscles need the protein to rebuild – pregnant or not! A yummy pregancy protein shake is a great way to keep burning fat and calories after your prenatal workout.
Load up on fruits and veggies:
This is obvious, but really important if you want to burn fat during pregnancy. Fruits and veggies are going to keep you feeling full, while also offering a lot of nutrients to your growing baby. Our Bump Dust smoothies are amazing for adding in protein and fruit or veggies all in one. This combo is satisfying, filling and delicious! The additional fiber from fruits and vegetables also help with digestion, which can be difficult at all trimesters.
With these simple steps, you can burn fat and lose weight during pregnancy safely. Sometimes it is the very simple tweaks over time that make a big difference.
Can I diet during pregnacy?
It can be really tempting to diet during pregnancy if you are starting your pregnancy above the weight you want to be at. Dieting can mean very different things.
What you don’t want to do when trying to diet during pregnancy:
- Do not greatly reduce calories to lose weight fast
- Do not skip meals or fast all day
- Do not focus on calories over nutrients
- Do not use diet bars, drinks or pills
Instead of thinking of dieting during pregnancy, think of nourishing your body and growing baby. By switching your focus to nourishing your body, then every food choice and meal should be a nutrient-dense as possible. Fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains and seeds are super foods for pregnancy. Of course Bump Dust is full of so much in ONE powder, we wanted to make a clean, nutrient-dense product that can be mixed up quickly and taste amazing.
Amazing superfoods to help lose weight during pregnancy:
- Bump Dust Prenatal Protein Powder
- Sweet Potatoes
- Nuts and Seeds
- Sprouted bread
These are just a few of the superfoods for pregnancy, that also help with burning fat because they are full of nutrients. When wanting to burn fat during pregnancy, the most important thing you can do is nourish your body as many nutrient-dense foods. This will enable your body to function optimally, and for growing baby to have as much nourishment as possible.