First don't think of it as dieting, when I did that I gained weight, because my mind thought I was hungry. "dieting" is a lifestyle change, and during pregnancy it's super important, for everyone. For me, it was always easy to pick up a meal from a fast food place or go to restaurant for dinner, and certainly being pregnant it's very easy to call hubby and have him bring you home something. Now the first thing I did wrong was think that I could eat healthy at a fast food place. Check the ingredients list on the food, even the salads are very unhealthy, and are basically two entire meals for a day. So I had to scratch that option and that left basically cooking at home. Ugh. I was too busy, school, family, work, I didn't want to cook. So I bought those "healthy" frozen meals. Ok they are really yummy, but worse than fast food. So I had to find a way to cook, fast and easy, and healthy. I started doing some really good dishes, with lots of sides and veggies and fruits, it was healthy, but I did the 3 meals a day thing. Um... Good for kids that have the metabolism of a .. Well.. Kid. Not so good for me, I got the munchies. A lot.
**and there have been a lot of people that have updated this information as well, so be sure to read all the comments too!!**
So what I did.
1--I ate a $hit ton of fruitî‡î† and veggies.î‰îŠ I started with the ones I knew I liked, and found new ways of preparing them. Celery and peanut butter is a great snack, so are slice apples.î… I also really liked grapefruit.î†
2-- I drank a $hit ton of water, lemonade, tea,î… anything that was a clear liquid and didn't have the sugar content of a honey bee.
3-- I ate smaller meals and more of them. I didn't get the munchies, and I was less hungry. Oh and btw many times your body tries to tell you it's "hungry" and means "thirsty" so upping the drinks along with smaller meals helped a lot.
4-- eating smaller meals meant that preparing them was faster easier and less stressful. Stress doesn't help healthy, so reducing that was great.
5- I did not calorie count!!! It was annoying and made me feel guilty. When I enjoyed eating right and felt good about it is when I lost weight not when I was nitpicking everything that went in my mouth.
6--îŒº if you want a cookie, eat A cookie. If you don't eat something that your craving or that you like your going to binge, and that waists everything you've tried so hard to do. So eat that cookie, but not the whole batch. (or in my case I ate an entire bag of doritos- not good)
7-- drink more clear liquids.
Basically, especially when pregnant, it's not about "dieting" or cutting calories it's about changing what you eat to eating things that are healthy. When you do that, pregnant or not, you'll loose weight. And even I you don't- when your pregnant don't worry about losing the weight worry about eating right for the baby and the healthy eating habits will transfer over after pregnancy and into healthy habits for your children too :)
Hope that helps. And it's meant to be helpful not offensive so please don't read into it like that