Let me start by saying losing weight after having a baby is freaking hard! Much harder than I expected. You see, I’ve always been very into fitness. Before I got pregnant I was working out every day (sometimes twice a day) and was even dare I say somewhat buff? I lifted weights, did yoga, ran half marathons (never went full crazy), and just stayed super active.
See… kinda buff. 🙂
Fast forward to me at 37 weeks pregnant and I was still very active (for a pregnant woman) but had gained 33 pounds (on the higher side according to my doctors and what “they” say is healthy). Despite that, everyone was telling me how quickly I would bounce back and how easy the weight would come off. Excuse my language, but screw you liars. I didn’t bounce back quite as quickly as I (and everyone) thought I would and it was definitely not easy.
I am now 7 months postpartum and have almost all the baby weight off but my body composition is still VERY different. I had done the Anabolic diet before I got pregnant and it worked wonders. I heard of it through Cory Gregory, a bodybuilder/entrepreneur I am obsessed with. It is the easiest diet I have ever followed – allows you to eat out, etc.
My results so far with anabolic… left is 1 month postpartum, right is 7 months. I didn’t start anabolic until 5 months postpartum.
Here’s the gist of it…
*DISCLAIMER: I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, or anything fancy sounding like that. You should consult your doctor before starting a diet blah blah blah. This is just want works for me so I’m sharing. Also, if you are not an “experienced dieter” this diet may not be for you as it requires knowledge of macros which can be a bit tricky to a beginner.
The basic idea: 5 days a week are high fat low carb (essentially, keto). 2 days a week are high carb low fat. You can choose whatever days you want as long as the high carb days are consecutive- don’t split them up. To simplify it, I do high fat days Monday through Friday and my weekends are my high carb days.
It’s super important to keep everything on track but once you get the hang of it it’s literally the easiest diet ever.
All week it doesn’t matter how many meals you eat or how often (although more meals throughout the day is always better). Your focus is only on getting a moderate amount of protein all week and then plenty of fats or carbs on the corresponding days. On both fat and carb days try to get as many veggies in there. I shoot for one green veggie a day.
The carb days are going to be the hardest. You have to find foods that are high in carbs but low in fat which is harder than it sounds. If you eat too much fat on your carb days you will gain weight!!!
For the first week or two track everything you eat (I use MyFitnessPal app). This is important to know that you are not getting a crazy amount of calories. And trust me. Carbs sneak in where you really don’t expect them and if you eat too many carbs on your fat days you will also gain weight. It has to be a very delicate balance.
Drink PLENTY of water. Especially the first couple weeks while your body is adjusting you’re going to want to be hydrated to keep your digestion moving.
You can read about all the benefits of the Anabolic Diet and more details/ example meals here Anabolic Diet 101
Eat as many fats as you can (cheese, bacon, burgers, fatty meats, nuts, peanut butter, etc). Shouldn’t go over 20-25g carbs.
NO fruit, bread, pasta, starchy veggies, juice
Example food list:
Protein pancake – 1 scoop protein powder, 1 whole egg, 1/4 cup almond milk (or half and half to add more fat) – cover in peanut butter and walden farms syrup
Egg muffins – I’ll post a recipe to these on the blog for everyone 🙂
Eggs cooked however you like
Fatty Meats – Bacon, Ham, Steak, Meatballs, Tritip
Bacon Cheeseburger protein style (no bun, no fries)
Cheeses (good snack)
I go Chipotle once a week you can get a bowl with no rice, whatever meat you want with lots of cheese, sour cream, and guacamole
Cook stuff in olive oil
Green Veggies – spinach, brocooli
If you are craving something sweet you can have Quest bars – find a flavor you like they are a great source of fiber, or a Keto Brownie
Eat as many carbs as you can (rice, pasta, bread, fruit, oats, potatoes)
NO cheese, fatty meats, nuts, peanut butter
Toast/ Sandwiches but no cheese, mayo, etc.
Pasta – watch the sauce to make sure not too much fat
Non fatty meats – chicken
I always love discussing diet tips with people. If you have any questions please let me know. 🙂