(I know hard to tell the difference by this photo - but never mind)

Hello everyone! How are you doing during this Movement Control Order (MCO) ? Enjoying your homey time? Haha! whatever it is, stay safe & stay connected to people around you of course via online.

Staying home will make us gain weight - especially, when you had your frequent trip to the kitchen. Open refrigerator some more! Anyway, today, I'll be talking about how I lost 16kg in 3 months!

.During pregnancy, I gained 16kg. My pre pregnancy weight was 58kg, and on the last day before I was admitted to prenatal ward, I was 74 kg! I never imagined that I could reach the 70++ kg of my life. But, pregnancy did it!

So, how I lost 16kg? Now, let's get back to the confinement facts & basic. Usually, during confinement, some women will start to avoid certain types of foods - avoid cold foods, avoid spicy foods, avoid oily foods, because some said, it will affect your body & also it will hard for you to lose weight.

There is no research that supports restricting food intake during confinement will give benefits to woman. However, our tradition has a stronger beliefs on that. Although, I don't deny that, I also did not fully agree by that. This is because, scientifically, by restricting your foods & calories intake -you will get a rebounce effect!. While, it is good to start eating healthy during confinement, but ask yourself - will I sustain eating like this even after I finished confinement? IF yes, then, thank you for reading my blog.. Good Bye :P.

Else, if you think, you can't sustain, please continue reading this post.

The concept is to make sure you are taking the same calories intake during confinement & post confinement. During confinement, our body is using a lot of energy due to our stress level are higher,. so higher stress level, we then need higher energy intake. If we maintain the intake of our calories, and you are breast feeding some more, definitely you will lose weight!

Since, I have never been on the higher side of my body weight before pregnant, I took the chance to experiment everything that I have preached to my clients.

Basic things that I told them :

1) Make sure to eat 5 meals/ day - never skip meals
2) Drink a lot of water.
3) Never eat lesser than 1000kcal/day, else you will easily gain weight.

So, during the first month of confinement. , I eat lesser than 1000kcal!, because honestly, I was stress to see my body weight is not reducing - that's normal. So, I eat less. In 2 weeks, I managed to lose 10kg! From 74kg to 64 kg!! What do you expect from a breastfeeding mom, and eating lesser calories some more!

Soon after that, in only 1 week - I gained another 5kg! so, 69kg it is!

So point number 3 - Never eat lesser than 1000 kcal/day , else you will gain weight easily! - THIS IS PROVEN .

Hence, I started to eat like usual, I made sure I consumed 1500 -1800 kcal, which is my normal calories intake . From the nutrition principle, breastfeeding mom can have extra 500 kcal. However, I did not apply during this period. Instead, I did 5 meals - meals/ day. Small yet frequent.  In 2 months, I saw some changes , I can wear my jeans & all my pre-pregnancy clothes   & YES, I MANAGED TO GET BACK TO MY PRE- PREGNANCY WEIGHT!

Regarding the food selections - first of all, I am Sabahan - so you know our cooking method. Healthy & low in calories. However, my husband is Malay. So, you know how Malay foods - hence, during confinement, I eat all types of food, Malay, sabahan, Japanese, western & kfc, mcD some more! Because, at the end of the day - I will be eating those foods. No harm.

So, same goes to you. I never like the idea of eating clean, coz, at the end of the day - you will get back to your root. If you are Malay , then you will eat Malay, if you are Indian/ Chinese, then Indian or Chinese it is! Nothing wrong with your food, embrace it !

So bring home messages!

2) Eat small and frequent meals - 5 - 6 meals/ day.
3) Drink a lot of water
4) Only weight your body once a month!

Thanks for reading!