When Victoria Beckham (or Posh Spice if you prefer) was expecting her fourth child when she was 37 years old she is started to worry about her weight.
To combat this she has employed Dr. Nicholas Perricone to guide her during and after her pregnancy. He is a skin specialist (who is possibly most famous for his “7 Deadly Sins of Skin Aging“) but also advises on fitness and nutrition for weight management.
Victoria Beckham has always followed a very strict diet to manage her weight. She has often been accused of being too thin, but she does work hard to keep her body fat percentage low.
Yoga Workouts and Fish Based Diet
As part of her new fitness regime Victoria Beckham is doing yoga workouts, with an emphasis on prenatal yoga as her pregnancy develops.
She is also eating a lot of fish which provides a healthy source of protein to maintain muscle tone and essential fatty acids that form part of a healthy diet. Good nutrition is essential during pregnancy as it is important for not only the health of the mother but also the developing baby.
Nicholas Perricone – Weight Loss Diet
In 2005 Nicholas Perricone’s book Weight Loss Diet was published which provides a weight loss strategy that is based on good nutrition. Dr. Nicholas Perricone says that a diet book is a natural extension to the research that he has done on anti-aging. The core is on nutrition to maintain total body health and to keep the body strong and toned.
Main 3 foods are:
- Salmon – for proteins and anti-oxidants
- Blueberries – anti-oxidants
- Green Tea – miracle tea with anti-inflammatories
Dr. Perricone also recommends taking supplements to help you to lose weight without depriving the body of essential nutrients.
You can learn more about green tea, blueberries and salmon here at MotleyHealth, just search the index.
Importance of Healthy Diet During Pregnancy
It is important to remember that pregnancy is very demanding on a woman’s body. Although women can continue to exercise throughout much of their pregnancy, in fact some exercise is recommended, it is still important to remember that a healthy diet is vital, for both mother and baby.
Over the years more research has started to indicated that what a woman eats and how much a woman eats during pregnancy can impact on a child’s health. Apart from the obvious risk of alcohol other foods pose risk to healthy development. One study has linked a woman’s diet with changes to a baby’s DNA which could increase the risk of obesity in later life.
In the research that was carried out by scientists from the UK, Australia and Singapore it was found that if a mother gains too much fat during pregnancy a baby could be at increased risk of developing diabetes and heart disease in the future.
“Our findings suggest a substantial component of metabolic disease risk has a prenatal developmental basis. Perinatal epigenetic analysis may have utility in identifying individual vulnerability to later obesity and metabolic disease.” Godfrey et al, 2011.
However, it is not just gaining weight that is a problem. The research also led to a theory that women who consume a low carbohydrate diet, or simply a diet low in sugar during pregnancy, could also be putting their children at risk of becoming obese.
“Epigenetic Gene Promoter Methylation at Birth Is Associated With Child’s Later Adiposity” by Keith M. Godfrey, Allan Sheppard, Peter D. Gluckman, Karen A. Lillycrop, Graham C. Burdge, Cameron McLean, Joanne Rodford, Joanne L. Slater-Jefferies, Emma Garratt, Sarah R. Crozier, B. Starling Emerald, Catharine R. Gale, Hazel M. Inskip, Cyrus Cooper, and Mark A. Hanson. Diabetes May 2011 60:1528-1534; published ahead of print April 6, 2011, doi:10.2337/db10-0979. Abstract.