Many women say they managed to lose weight faster while breastfeeding. But many others consider it a myth. What is the truth? Does breastfeeding lose weight?
Matron Sara Cañamero He answers our question, and assures that he is partially right, but it does not happen in all cases.
Breastfeeding makes women consume a day more than 500 kcal, and it is true that to produce milk we are mainly going to pull the fat deposited in the hips and thighs. This would give an affirmative answer to our question. However, why are there women who do lose weight and others tend to accumulate kilos during these months?
Breastfeeding loses weight only if the intake does not exceed the calorie consumption, In other words, if we do not eat compulsively, we maintain a normal calorie and balanced diet and we are rested, added to the large calorie consumption that breastfeeding implies, we will gradually lose weight.
But is that the reality of postpartum is not always like this, so you should not feel guilty: the normal thing is that we are not only tired, but exhausted; our muscle mass is a bit diminished and we tend to eat chaotically at times.
1. Maternal fatigue: I think that almost 100% of the mothers agree on this point, at least for a few months (some even years). When we are exhausted, it is normal for the body to ask us for foods with many calories that give us energy quickly. We need to be active when our baby needs us, and if we cannot rest adequately, one way to be able to "pull" is by eating. With which we have a tendency to consume sugars, carbohydrates and hypercaloric food.
2. Anxiety: When we feel anxiety, one way to combat it is by consuming refined sugars, the body asks us for junk food and it seems that this way we calm down a bit. But I'm sorry to tell you that it is the whiting that bites its tail, since what we eat has a direct impact on what we feel. And it is precisely these foods that may be perpetuating the anxious state.
3. Excessive consumption of refined sugars: When we eat excess sugar, the body produces a lot of insulin, in order to capture all the glucose in the blood. Glucose that exceeds our needs is transformed and stored in the form of fat. But soon we will have the feeling of ravenous hunger again, because we will run out of glucose again, and start over. More sugar, more insulin, ravenous hunger, more sugar again.
4. Hormones: Postpartum is a complicated hormonal situation, in which there is a deficit of estrogens (as occurs in menopause), this makes our metabolism go slow, and there is a tendency to retain fluids.
5. Postpartum thyroiditis: It occurs in 5-10% of women and usually lasts a year, in which we see two well differentiated phases: a first (lasts between 2 and 4 months) in which hyperthyroidism occurs and the metabolism is accelerated, with we will tend to lose weight. And a second phase that lasts much longer in which the opposite occurs, and the tendency will be to accumulate kilos and fluids. It is essential to carry out an analysis in the postpartum to determine that our thyroid works well, since there are women for whom this problem is not solved over time, and they remain hypothyroid.
The most advisable thing, as in most situations that we find ourselves in life, is common sense: a healthy diet, with 5 intakes a day; in which there is a predominance of complex carbohydrates, over refined sugars, we ensure the correct supply of fruits and vegetables; as well as proper hydration, rest (if possible) and some low-impact exercise.
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