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?
Just an afterthought: as a vegetarian athlete it might not be best to cut out too many carbs, however protein can be boosted by eating more beans, lentils, nuts and seeds in combination with grains. You have to match incomplete vegetarian proteins throughout the day to make sure they are complete enough for your body to use. Also vegetables like asparagus and spinach have plenty of good protein. I like to use spreads sometimes like nut butter and hummus it’s so good!
If she is a vegetarian be sure she is getting an adequate amount of protein and fats.
If the body doesnt have stores to rebuild muscles, it’ll default and break down what muscle she already has.
Dark greens and tofu will be her friend, soy is good but overused in many vegetarian diets and the amount of estrogen introduced into the body throws it out of whack.
Get her on weight bearing exercises and basic cardio workouts.
All the comments are great. You did not mention if the first and second are a boy or girl. The recuperation process takes longer after a girl than a boy, with everything else already mentioned.
Good luck and congratulations to all new mothers; don’t stress, enjoy your baby and motherhood.
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!