Hi, My client recently had her 2nd baby about 2 months ago. She’s in her late 20s and an athlete. She lost weight very quickly after the first one, but despite all of her exercise and portion control, she’s not losing now (actually gained 2 pounds). She weaned off of breastfeeding and is trying to cut her carbs, but it’s challenging as a vegetarian.
Any advice on how to make the scale budge after a second kid?
Second baby weight is the hardest to lose, not impossible just a little more work. Hormones play a big key sometimes women will go into a sort of temporary hypothyroid problem last about a year and is all the hormones balancing out getting her body back to normal. During this time carb control is necessary and increasing her intensity on her workouts meaning longer workouts. Interval training is a great way that you can incorporate the weight training for toning with the cardio she needs it burns more calories, fun and overall more efficient. I would keep encouraging her to eat more greens and protein and stay away from carbs from pastas and breads. I personally lost my second baby weight doing a combination of spinning and weight training. Doing intervals of spin, off the bike and weights. Great workout and weight dropped quick also toning my body!
Dropping weight after a baby can be difficult some times, mainly because the body reacts differently each time. There are so many factors to take into consideration, such as hormones, diet, sleep and many more. Being that she more than likely and should have cut back on training during the third trimester her weight gain could be due to muscle memory. She more than likely lost lean body mass during the end of her pregnancy and is just gaining it back. I can only imagine how hard it would be to cut carbs and not cut to many calories as a vegetarian, but this could also play a role in weight gain/loss. I would say just give it more time and continue to encourage and push her.
First, I would recommend that she log her food for a week straight to determine how many calories she is actually consuming. She can also log all physical activity she is participating in to determine how much she is actually moving. Based on this you should be able to determine if she is actually in a caloric deficit or not. The only reason she would not be losing is she is consuming more calories than she is burning. After a week you can determine if she needs to eat less or start moving more. Best of luck to you!