Researchers reveal the two most effective weight loss strategies and diets for Aussie mums
Mother-of-two Adele Morris has always led a healthy lifestyle, especially during pregnancy.
So she was stunned when diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Watch her story in the video player above
Gestational diabetes is a form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women and it can carry a lot of risks.
In 2019, almost 41,000 women were diagnosed with the condition.
But new research has revealed the best way for women to avoid the risks associated with gestational diabetes is weight loss post pregnancy.
When Morris was diagnosed, she believed she had done something wrong.
But in reality it was caused by hormones not unhealthy habits.
“When the midwife called me, I thought ‘oh my goodness, what have I done wrong?’” Morris told 7NEWS.
Along with the complications that are associated with gestational diabetes and pregnancy, women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes also carry a very high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
UNISA researcher, Kristy Gray, revealed the most effective way for women to avoid the risks associated with gestational diabetes, is weight loss post pregnancy.
“Weight loss of even 5 to 10 per cent of your body weight can see your risk for diabetes half,” Gray told 7NEWS.
‘Weight loss of even 5 to 10 per cent of your body weight can see your risk for diabetes half.’
Experts say the two most effective dieting strategies are the five days off and two days on fasting diet, and a standard calorie restricted diet.
While both deliver similar results, the flexibility of a 5/2 option can prove far more popular.
“It’s probably not the easiest thing to do. Having a newborn, and trying to stick to a restricted diet,” Adele said.
“Because you’ve sort of got your hands full all the time and you eat when you can.”
But when it comes to dieting, it’s not a one size fits all, especially for body is recovering from pregnancy.
The advice is if you are planning on making drastic changes to your eating plan, always consult a doctor.
The right type of diet for you is the one you are able to adhere to.