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How to lose weight safely before pregnancy


Follow Yvonne’s helpful tips to help you lose weight safely before pregnancy.

• Focus on glycaemic load rather than calories. Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day and ensure you have some protein each time you eat as this helps to balance blood sugar levels and prevent you turning excess sugar into fat.

• Ensure your calories are nutrient-dense rather than depleted or you will not be building vital stores to nourish you and your future baby. Have wholegrain bread and rice rather than white, which can have 15 key nutrients removed.

• Forget 5 a day and move up to 8 a day: 5 portions of veg and 3 of fruit will provide fibre to help you cleanse your body and antioxidants to protect your genetic material.

• Eat fat to lose fat. Most dieters know to avoid the saturated animal fats in cheese, red meat and intensively-reared poultry, but the successful ones also know to ensure plenty of omega-3 fats from small-sized oily fish (the big ones like tuna accumulate toxicity from the sea), seeds such as flax and hemp and their oils. These fats not only help you lose weight but also will be needed to build the brain, nervous system and eyes in your baby - oh, and help prevent stretch marks!

• Exercise smart, not hard. Ensure you are in the fat-burning zone and there are specific exercises which can help increase blood flow to the pelvic region which may support fertility. At the Foods for Life clinic we have specifically trained exercise specialists who can prepare you an individualized program for weight loss and fertility to support your dietary program.


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