New research published in the Diabetes Care journal suggests that three to 12 months after giving birth is the most appropriate time for mothers to start losing the ‘baby weight’.
Those who fail to lose any excess weight within a year of delivery (or put more weight on) could be putting their health at serious risk.
The study – which was conducted at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto – tracked the weight-loss of 300 healthy women following the birth of their babies. It also monitored risk factors such as blood pressure, bad cholesterol and resistance to insulin.
Whilst most of the women did not start losing weight immediately after the birth, between three and 12 months 75% of them lost weight – with exercise and physical activity cited as a key factors in this weight-loss.
The 25% who had no weight-loss, or...