The question I get asked everyday is ‘how long does it take to get your body back after baby’ and there are a lot of different myths out there about this so I’m going to dispel a few of them for you right now… (she says with a stamp of her foot!)
1. You can’t ‘diet’ whilst you are breastfeeding
I want to clarify that Mummy Shape School does not like or condone dieting or the word diet. This is not just a play on words or some creative marketing trick. I believe Mummy Shape School is a kick start to a healthy lifestyle for busy and tired mums. So no dieting. That said, back to the point in hand. Trying to lose weight whilst you are breast feeding is not a bad thing. In fact, most of my mummies say that the best thing about breastfeeding is that your body responds to it in terms of contracting your uterus and pulling your tummy back in and of course burning the extra calories means that most mums begin to slim down naturally as an effect. Watching what you are eating whilst breast feeding is vital and so is staying active so a healthy eating plan that encourages activity is advised during breastfeeding, especially one that advocates eating more raw fresh fruit and vegetables and cutting back on dairy which some babies can react to.
Ensuring that you get the quality of your calories and not just continuing to ‘eat for two’ is important and that is why the shakes in our shake plan can really help support you. Packed full of good nutrition, mums often comment that their milk supply increases whilst using the shakes and that going to the toilet is easier- if you know what I mean!
2. You can’t exercise after a C section or until 9 weeks postpartum
After interviewing Amanda Tress from Fit Pregnancy and Parenting, (interview available to our members here) and from Kettle bell Expert Lauren Brooks (also available in our classroom), we were able to establish that you can begin exercising earlier than you think and it’s important to listen to your body. And exercise includes anything from walking with your new baby to workouts in the gym. In this article, Amanda shares her advice on when to exercise after baby. Remember, being active although it may seem harder or more difficult when you are tired and sleep deprived, will actually give you energy, clear your head, make you feel more resourceful and give you time to look after you.
3. You can lose weight by exercising alone
Abs are made in the kitchen mummies! Yes it is true, a truly flat stomach is made by diet and no amount of exercise and crunches will get you there without the right nutrition and basically stripping away that layer of fat. The generally rule of thumb is 70% diet and 30% exercise and I personally know this is to be true after training for and running a marathon I still did not have as flat a stomach as I have now following the Mummy Shape School way of life!
4. Meal replacement shakes are bad for you
OK, so shakes are not real food, I get it. But I am just too busy and too tired to cook everything from scratch all the time, not to mention go to the supermarket to buy fresh and raw food, or juice it or have the money to pay for it! So call me a cheat or call me clever because I found the next best thing to fruits and vegetables in a convenient, healthy and no side effects way… capsules and a shake. And the whole family can benefit. Now, I am talking about the Juice Plus Complete Shakes that we use in Mummy Shape School Shake programmes. I have researched high and low for a better product on the market and in my opinion, it doesn’t exist. A wholefood based supplement that can give you what you need without the added costs and time it takes to do it all from scratch every day. And the thing I love the most is that, as mummies follow this plan, they begin to learn about food, healthy food and that being healthy in the most important thing.
To find out more about how Mummy Shape School can help you get your body back after baby and how you can get started with Mummy Shape School, click on the link below.