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Tips for Safe Pre-Pregnancy Weight Loss

Research shows that overweight issues can affect the chances of pregnancy or may cause health problems or pregnancy complications. The ideal BMI is between 20 and 25 to achieve a safe and healthy pregnancy. From a BMI of 26 to 30, the likelihood of conceiving gradually decreases. At a BMI of over 30, the chances of pregnancy are very slim.

Should a woman with a BMI of 26 or above get pregnant, she may experience health problems such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and preeclampsia. On the other hand, her baby may incur serious health problems like heart disease and cancer in the future.

For a safe and healthy pregnancy, a woman should lose her excess weight. But how? Forget fad diets and slimming pills. Having a very low calorie intake may result in the deficiency of vital nutrients. Depriving oneself of certain food groups like carbohydrates also won’t do any good.

To lose weight without sacrificing the intake of vital nutrients, the woman should instead cut down on fatty, sugary or processed foods. Staying physically active is also a safe and effective way to shed the excess pounds.

A nutrient-rich diet, consisting of healthy and balanced meals, is the way to go. This should include fruits and veggies, whole grains, cereals and low-fat dairy. In addition, protein can be derived from lean meat and beans.

Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. It normally takes a rate of about one or two pounds shed each week. Losing more than that may mean losing water weight or eating up muscle mass.

To achieve a healthy diet, lay off the high-fat food like pastries and fried food. Swap your sugary snacks with a piece of fruit. Give up alcohol, too.