Most women tend to gain some extra unwanted weight during their pregnancy. Whereas weight gain during pregnancy is a natural phenomenon, as you have to eat both for yourself and the baby inside you, but the extra weight gain is unnecessary. But you can avoid this by eating foods which can increase your metabolism, thus enabling you to burn all your calories, in a natural process.
So here are some diet tips to increase metabolism in pregnant women.
Increase intake of food rich in carbs
You should include foods rich in complex carbohydrates, like whole grain bread, pasta, beans, and legumes, in your diet. These foods are healthy, fat-free and increase your metabolism. You should put salt in your foods in moderate quantities.
Increase intake of greens
Include at least 3 or more servings of yellow and green vegetables in your daily diet. The vegetables should be rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin B6, calcium, riboflavin, among other nutrients. You can even include non-green or non-yellow vegetables rich in fibre, vitamins, potassium and magnesium in your diet.
Have food with lower fat sources of protein
You should include foods rich in lower fat sources of protein, like cheese, eggs, milk, lean meat, poultry, seafood like fish, tofu, soy, lentils, nuts and seeds, in your diet. Include at least 4 servings of proteins in your diet daily.
Drink water. Yes, and plenty of it!
You should drink plenty of water every day. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Water not only increases your metabolism, it also keeps your hunger at bay. You can even drink fruit and vegetable juices but add very less sugar to your drinks. Moreover, you should totally remove caffeinated drinks from your diet.
Eat fibre. Every day.
You should include foods rich in fibre, like legumes, fruits, some vegetables in your diet. You should eat at least 20 to 35 grams of fibre each day.
Include necessary fat
Totally cutting down or avoiding fat foods is not an option, as fats are even essential for the body. But you should switch to low-fat foods, as they increase the metabolism. You should include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. You can include walnuts, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, fatty fish, olive oil, in your diet as they are rich in healthy fats.
Dry fruits, spinach, cereals and everything that has iron
You should include foods rich in iron, like dried fruits, iron-fortified cereals, spinach, duck, shellfish, in your diet. Iron rich foods do not add extra calories to your body.
Folic acid for metabolism
Folic acid plays an important role in increasing metabolism. You should include chicken liver, papaya, avocados, asparagus, cooked green leafy vegetables, kidney beans, which are rich sources of folic acid in your diet.
Potassium for fluid balance
Potassium regulates the fluid balance in your body, thus increasing your metabolism. You should eat foods rich in potassium like bananas, oranges, watermelons, dark green vegetables, and cantaloupes.
Vitamins A to D
You should eat foods rich in vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B-12, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin D in your diet. Vegetables, nuts, beans, citrus fruits, red meat, seeds, berries, bell peppers, broccoli, milk and fish liver oil are rich in these vitamins.
During pregnancy, you should switch to good carbs. You should include foods like baked potatoes, dried beans, peas, cereals in your diet.
Magnesium for maintaining blood sugar
Magnesium plays an important role in the regulation of the blood sugar levels, thus increasing your metabolism. So you should include foods rich in magnesium like almonds, yoghurt, tofu in your diet.
Stay away from any extra sugar
Finally, you should keep your sugar intake at bay. Sugar tends to add unnecessary calories to your body thus decreasing your metabolism.