Every pregnant woman has the same inner conflict in terms of diet.
They want to able to enjoy the pregnancy and eat whatever makes them happy, but they also want to look like that supermodel mama on Instagram with belly only pregnancy.
The good news is, you don't need to be a supermodel to have a belly-only pregnacy.
All you need to do is adjust your diet to match your body type.
Here's exactly how to do it.
Start by asking yourself the following questions, Have you always been stocky when you grow up or you find it difficult to gain muscle? We all have inherited body types that determine if we're more muscular, store more fat, or somewhere in between. We can't change our body type by eating a certain diet, but we can make some small adjustments in your diet for your specific body type.
There are three major categories of body types that most of us fall into. They are Endomorph, Mesomorph, and Ectomorph, and they are categorized based on your body frame, your natural muscle mass, and your base metabolism.
Most Endomorphs have stocky frames, gains muscle and fat very easily, have large shoulders have slower metabolisms. Excess calories are more likely to convert to fat for this body type. The best diet for this body type may be one with a higher fat and protein intake and a lower carbohydrate intake, such as the paleo diet. This diet can help losing body fat while keeping your energy level up.
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Most Mesomorphs have athletic shape, are naturally strong, gains muscle fat easily, broad shoulders but similar width as hips. What is great about Mesomorph body types is that they have a lot of control over their weight. They can lose weight quickly when following a meal plan that is higher in protein, lower in carbohydrates, and when they are getting plenty of exercises. However, mesomorphs gain weight just as quickly if their eating plan contains too many calories from high-sugar foods so choose your food wisely.
Ectomorphs are typically skinny, hard to gain weight, have a high metabolism, lean muscle mass, and small shoulders. Fast metabolism of an ectomorph is both a blessing and a curse during pregnancy. A high metabolism makes it easy to get lean, and it can seem as if they can eat whatever they want and not gain weight. However, low muscle mass can result in an unhealthy gain in body fat and less back and joint support. If you are an Ectomorph, you can benefit from a little extra good, lean muscle tissue to avoid physical pain during pregnancy.
Their bodies respond best to short train sessions with fairly heavyweights, and a slower workout pace with longer rest periods between sets. Nutritionally, eat a diet high in quality foods. Hit the protein, don't fear carbs, and never leave the table less than full.
Eating something great can give us so much joy. Be aware of your body type and you can be fit and enjoy your pregnancy with pretty much whatever you want! In fact, high awareness of what you eat and how your body responds to it is key to stay fit and healthy during pregnancy.
If you find yourself not remembering what you ate last night, you would benefit incredibly by starting a food journal. Is your body hungry or just dehydrated? Do you really crave pizza right now or you are just tired? Is there any food that makes you feel bloated or swollen?
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