Hectic schedules and kids' junk food causes more Moms to battle the bulge.
Though the average woman gains 25-35 pounds during pregnancy, just think about how much Moms gain once their kids start eating foods like mac 'n' cheese, chicken nuggets, and those oh-so-delicious french fries.
"Some people smoke, some people spend, some people eat. If you've chosen eating as your way to self-soothe, that's when you're headed for trouble," says Debi Silber, a registered dietician, Mom of four, and author of The Lifestyle Fitness Program. Debi says there are three reasons Mom pack on pounds after having kids.
1. Stress causes Moms to overeat. A lot of Moms are so busy taking care of everyone else, they feel this huge resentment. They eat to soothe themselves. It's a coping mechanism to make themselves feel better. As a result, a Mom may "treat herself" to ice cream or pizza or whatever it is she feels she's entitled to, and take in way more than she needs.
2. Moms are too busy to eat enough during the day. If you eat too much at one sitting, your body can't use it all, and all it can do is store it as fat. Eat smaller snacks throughout the day, burn what you're taking in, and move on. Otherwise it's going to store it as fat you know where.
3. Moms often clean their kids' plates . Those extra couple of Goldfish, those few french fries, and that bite of a grilled cheese sandwich can sabotage your weight loss plans. Picture how much you've eaten that the kids didn't finish. Scary! You should eat every single morsel of food sitting down, from your own plate. Otherwise, you can eat thousands of extra calories without even realizing it!
Are your kids making YOU fat?