One of the most ravishing actresses and celebrities of our times, Kareena Kapoor Khan needs no introduction. She is the perfect example for women who are looking to get back in shape after giving back to their children. Now, how has she done that? Well, here are some tips that you would like to follow.
One of the various suggestions that Kareena Kapoor Khan provides to women who are worried about losing weight after giving birth to their children is that they should worry about maintaining the right calcium balance in their bodies. She says that during pregnancy women lose around 5 years’ worth of calcium in their body and this is why it is important to accelerate calcium levels in their body as part of the regimen to get back in shape. She advises such women to make it a point to drink a tall glass of milk each night. Normally, dairy has plenty of CLA or conjugated linoleic acid. It is this acid that helps people burn a lot of fat. Her dietician Rujuta Diwekar also says that it also has short chain fatty acids that help one burn a lot of fat.
A lot of women develop dark circles in the post-partum period. Rujuta says that it would be better to up the consumption of foods that happen to be rich in nutrients like iron and Vitamin B12. Examples of such foods in India are dahi, pickle, and chaas. In fact, “til ka laddoo” or sweets made from sesame seeds has plenty of B12 and this is one food that Kareena loves a lot. These foods help you get rid of the problem of dark circles. However, one should not binge on these laddoos. They should be had in the right quantities. There are some other Indian foods such as coconut along with jiggery, and bajra roti with gur and ghee that are rich in this nutrient.
Kareena reveals that she had been in a great panic after giving birth to her son. She wanted to lose all the weight that she had gained at that time and that too within the shortest possible time. She had also insisted Rujuta to put her back on the diet that she had followed during Tashan. This was the film when Kareena flaunted her much vaunted zero figure. However, Rujuta had told her that it was not possible at that point in time. She had informed Kareena quite clearly that the process of losing weight had to be done in a gradual way. Rujuta had asked Kareena to consume rice twice a day and Kareena happened to be quite apprehensive about it. Rujuta says that consuming rice helps a woman get back a lot of the good bacteria that may have got washed out during delivery, which happens to be quite an arduous process.
There are still controversies whether breastfeeding your baby actually helps to lose your pregnancy weight. Some studies favours this fact while some do not. But what is most important that breastfeeding your baby helps to burn some calories which ultimately is beneficial to get back to your pre-pregnancy body weight.
Both Kareena and Rujuta say that it is very important to avoid a crash diet during this period. A crash diet can lead to a number of lifestyle-related disorders. In fact, women can also suffer from post pregnancy thyroid as well because of a crash diet. Rujuta reasons that when a woman goes on a crash diet after pregnancy she reduces her calorie intake to such a level that the body has no option but to slow down its metabolism level in order to counter its effects.It is advisable to avoid any kind of fast food like pizza, pasta and stick to dhobi sabzi, roti, 1 bowl of rice, soup etc. A new mother needs the best nutrition for her and also for the baby. They can indulge on fish as it contains DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Cold water fishes like salmon, tuna are the best sources of DHA. Apart from losing weight at this time, women should also focus on regaining their muscle and bone density. The reason is also simple. With a greater amount of muscle and bone in one’s body, one looks a lot more compact.
There are several exercises that help a woman get back in shape after she has given birth to her child. However, both Kareena and Rujuta say that walking has to be the best among them. In fact, Rujuta says that walking is the best exercise in the world. Normally after pregnancy getting on the treadmill can be really tough. It is in such a situation that walking for 20 to 30 minutes can be really helpful. In fact, Kareena says how much she has been benefited by walking on a regular basis. She also says that she can definitely feel her core strength getting better. Other than walking strengthen your abs and belly doing Deep belly breathing with abdominal contraction. It helps to relax your muscles and tone your body. Lifting hands and shoulder helps to burn calories and tones up tummy and abs. Apart from these exercises, there is one classic exercise, Kegels, that helps to tone your bladder and helps to check incontinence associated with pregnancy. Doing kegels 3 times per day will help you to hold them and control your leaks during sneezing, laughing, or picking up your baby.
So new mothers, your worries are gone. Follow a proper healthy diet plan tailored by a nutritionist and do exercise to get back to your pre-pregnancy body weight.