Post Pregnancy Diet

You'll find several approaches to shedding the baby weight that's left after giving birth, and some are suited to specific lifestyles or preferences. The one for you will depend on your willpower, your eating habits and your level of activity. Some well-known plans intended for health and weight loss are the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, the Sugar Busters Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Scarsdale Diet, the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, the Protein Power Diet and the Dr. Phil Diet.

Before you begin a specialized diet, take some precautions to ensure you stay healthy as you lose weight. To begin, if you are pregnant or if there is the possibility that you are pregnant, it is important that you get the advice from your physician before beginning medication, supplements or a diet for weight loss during pregnancy.

Look through these short descriptions of popular diet plans to help you decide on the right one for you:

The Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet works by reducing the intake of carbohydrates and replacing them with a high-protein and high-fat eating pattern. The Atkins Diet is based primarily upon four phases. It is a diet consisting of no more than 40 to 90 grams of carbohydrates in the "maintenance" phase. Over time, the transition from weight loss to weight maintenance is made by gradually increasing carbohydrates as gradual weight loss is maintained.

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet involves getting your calories in the right ratio of carbs, protein and fats (40% calories from carbohydrates, 30% from fat and 30% from protein) in order to control the insulin in your bloodstream. Each meal's size is dependant upon your gender, activity level, and current body fat percentage. By closely regulating our blood sugar levels and therefore keeping our levels of insulin in a tight "zone", our body burns fat more efficiently so that we lose weight. As with any diet, it's best to find out more about how the balanced Zone Diet compares to other plans before deciding if it's right for you.

Sugar Busters Diet

The Sugar Busters Diet works in a similar way to the Zone Diet, but it has a higher ratio of fat than carbohydrates. This diet is based on the idea that eating foods containing refined sugar (sucrose, maltose, dextrose and even some fructose) causes the body to produce increased amounts of the hormone insulin, which leads to increased amounts of body fat and weight. The Sugar Busters Diet is easy to follow, and if you follow the 14 day diet plan exactly, you should lose weight.

The South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is based around three phases: the first two phases for a specific timeframe and the third phase for life. You eat normal portion sizes in phase 1, but all carbohydrates are restricted. This is the strictest phase in the diet and lasts for two weeks. There is no timescale set for the second phase - you remain on it until you have reached your target weight. Phase 3 is for maintenance and is followed for life. On the South Beach Diet, over time you begin to control your blood sugar levels, and as a result you find you eat less than you used to because you aren't hungry. Go here to find out more on the Southbeach Diet.

The Scarsdale Diet

The Scarsdale Diet is based on 43% protein, 22.5% fat, and 34.5% carbohydrates. You follow the weight-reducing plan (about 1000 calories or a bit less) only for 2 weeks at a time and then switch to the Scarsdale Keep-Trim Program. The Keep-Trim Program allows more calories but also contains a large number of banned foods. Meals consist of fruit, vegetables and lean sources of protein in unlimited amounts and snacks are not allowed. The Scarsdale diet claims to lead to quick and efficient weight loss. It is believed by some that the lack of calories is why most people lose weight on this diet.

The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet

The basis of this diet is that an addiction to carbs causes excess insulin to be released which in turn causes overeating and weight gain. This diet requires that for the first two weeks you eat two small "complimentary meals" daily, along with one "reward meal" consisting of the foods that you enjoy. However, the "reward meal" is to include a pre-meal "craving reducing" salad and equal portions of protein, vegetable and carbohydrate-rich food (including your dessert). After the first two weeks, the plan splits into several eating plans, depending on how much weight you still want to lose or whether you just want to maintain what you've already lost.

Protein Power Diet

The Protein Power Diet is similar to the Atkins Diet and the Zone Diet, as it is high in protein and fat and extremely low in carbs. The Protein Power Diet is divided into three main phases, Phase 1, Phase 2 and Maintenance level. It is recommended that you stay in Phase 1 at least 7 to 10 days, and it's the most restrictive phase. Phase 2 is recommended for those who have reached their weight loss goals and consists of maintaining adequate protein intake and increasing carb intake to about 45 to 50 grams a day. Maintenance level increases your carbs to an amount that allows you to maintain your goal weight.

Dr. Phil Diet

This diet is more psychological than physical and emphasizes seven key points to permanent weight loss. The first key teaches the dieter to rid themselves of the thought that they cannot be successful with a diet. The second key is to understand the emotional element of why you overeat. The third key is to manage your environment so that the reasons you overeat can be eliminated. The fourth key is to understand why you binge. The fifth key is food control, and the sixth key is a healthy exercise habit. Finally, the seventh key is to assemble a group of friends with like goals. As for the food part of the equation, the Dr Phil diet plan emphasizes foods with high nutritional yield
s for few calories. There are no points or calories to keep track of and you can still have a limited amount of carbohydrates.

In Conclusion

After nursing and weaning the baby, a new mom who has decided to lose pregnancy weight should consult her physician before doing so. If you are thinking about using prescription drugs, be sure to check with your doctor about side effects. Although the popular drug Fen Phen is off the market,you may want to discuss the side effects of other prescription weight loss drugs that are available. Fen Phen has been linked to PPH or Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, so be cautious when using prespcription weight loss medication after pregnancy.