How I Burned Fat In 2nd-3rd Trimester After Gaining a Lot in the 1st
I walked into the cold doctor’s office at 10 weeks, stripped off everything I possibly could…
- Earring (literally)
I had worn light shorts and a tank so as to weigh the least amount possible.
Yet the number on the scale yielded 12 lbs. higher than when I was there just 4 short weeks before.
I was in disbelief.
TWELVE pounds in 4 weeks, if I continue at this rate, I will gain another 72 lbs. (I thought to myself)
I was so discouraged.
The doctor didn’t seem concerned at all as I was not overweight, but he did tell me that I needed to be careful with weight gain as too much could be of concern for the baby as well as the ease of my pregnancy.
It had been about 8 weeks of blissful “I’m pregnant I can do what I want to“.
I wasn’t used to that since I have always been so regimented with my exercise and nutrition but hey…. pregnancy can do that to ya 😉
I won’t lie, it was nice not caring, and eating what I wanted and not exercising as hard or as much.
But not nicer than a healthy baby, an energized and healthy pregnancy, a good labor and losing all my baby weight.
So, after going home that very discouraged day, I committed to myself that I would do everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby and be fit and feel great.
It wasn’t worth it to me to deal with possible health issues with the baby, gestational diabetes and a whole mess of other issues.
The rest was history.
I only gained another 8 lbs. the rest of my pregnancy and I felt energized, fit, toned, I had a 4-hour labor, a perfectly healthy baby and lost all my baby weight by my 6-week postpartum checkup.
WIINER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!
After that pregnancy, I was committed to helping women have healthy and fit pregnancies and have been doing so now for almost 13 years.
So, today, I am going to share with you some tips on how you can build muscle, tone up, and burn fat even if you (like me) gained a lot of weight the first trimester.
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE!
If you apply the tips below, you CAN 100% change your body composition while pregnant.
You can get leaner, legs, arms become slimmer and tighter, weight gain distributes differently, and you feel and look so much better.
Even if you are experiencing fatigue, I wrote this post on what you can do to get in better shape.
Tips To Burn Fat in Late Pregnancy
Perform 3 weight training workouts per week.
This is probably the most important one because it is the best way to speed metabolism and change body composition.
It’s also one that most women don’t do but is so incredibly effective.
You can literally transform your body even while pregnant by doing weight training.
It’s important to work your body in a balanced way and to challenge your body enough to see progress but also safely.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing your own workouts, I’m happy to help.
It’s why I created the Fit Mom to Be Program, to help women do safe and effective workouts that will hugely benefit your body, labor and recovery.
Perform 2 cardio workouts per week.
While I am a huge advocate of weight training and it is more effective than cardio, it is a very complementary workout for burning fat and toning up while pregnant.
During my pregnancies, I found the perfect formula of 3 weight workouts and 2 cardio workouts per week.
You will be able to build muscle and burn fat most effectively with a good combo of both.
Eat 4-6 small healthy meals per day.
In order to burn fat more effectively you have to speed metabolism and you can do that by eating often.
I normally do:
My Prepping Tips
- To make this easy, I do oatmeal or protein shake for breakfast.
- For dinner I would make double batches and then we eat that for lunch the next day.
- I’ll have a protein smoothie or a shake for one snack.
- I make a batch of healthy cookies, muffins, pancakes once per week and have one of them for the second snack.
Being prepared is key and doing it this way is super doable and not hard at all.
I know how hard it is to find a healthy enough and safe protein powder for pregnancy which is why I partnered with a doctor to formulate one specific for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.
It is medical grade, has no artificial anything, has a prenatal in it, is not clumpy, has no after taste and is insanely yummy.
Click here to see what other moms say about mPower Protein for Pregnancy
Increase your protein intake.
The reality is that it’s HARDER to eat healthy when you’re pregnant.
Between food aversions, nausea, and lack of energy…
It’s hard to cook the food, figure out what to eat and eat the food itself lol
CRAVINGS…. make it way harder to eat healthy.
But if you don’t eat healthy then you will gain EXCESS weight gain.
If you focus on eating whole, nutritious, natural foods and you try not to eat out or eat processed and packaged foods, you will do amazing.
Giving in to cravings is what can really hurt you.
Aside from hurting your baby by not feeding it the nutrients and vitamins he/she needs to grow and develop…. any excess calories, your body will STORE AS FAT.
It will also help you feel fuller longer.
One easy and sure way to crush cravings is by eating MORE PROTEIN.
By the way… your protein requirements are increased during pregnancy because your baby needs protein to grow.
So, while it may be hard, force yourself to eat more chicken, fish, turkey, eggs.
And if you aren’t getting enough, try supplementing with a good and safe protein powder like mPower, which was formulated for pregnancy.
Cut out sugar, processed foods, gluten and cut back on dairy.
The only way to lose excess weight is to burn more than you consume.
These foods are incredibly high in calories, fat and sugar aside from the fact that they add zero nutrition to your diet to support your baby and pregnancy which should be the goal of your eating.
Also, some of these foods cause a lot of inflammation in the gut.
When you have inflammation in the gut it makes it very hard almost impossible to burn fat.
So that’s a double whammy that is preventing you from burning fat and will actually cause excess weight gain.
Ok, I know that was a lot, but it’s important to understand the why of everything because then you are more likely to follow through.
I hope this helps and that if you are unhappy with the way, you look and feel right now, that you can take these actions and turn things around.
IT’S 100% POSSIBLE.
And I hope that I can help you make those changes so you can have a healthy baby, fit pregnancy and get your body back in record time.
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Curious about nutrition requirements during pregnancy? Check out this video for more information.