Lucy Mecklenburgh slams Danielle Armstrong for promoting weight loss products to new mums
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Lucy Mecklenburgh, who is a mum to her son Roman with Ryan Thomas, has hit out at influencers like Danielle Armstrong for promoting “extreme restrictive diets” for mums who have just given birth.
The brunette beauty, 29, took to her Instagram stories to gather her thoughts as she said seeing stars encouraging new mums to try weight loss products soon after giving birth “upsets” her.
“Little morning rant here. It’s just quite worrying actually. I keep seeing on Instagram new mums promoting extreme restrictive diets, the point of just giving birth and giving them a shake diet like food replacement shakes,” she began.
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“I don’t understand. I don’t understand who’s advising them, suggesting this is a good idea? It really upsets me.”
Lucy went on to explain her experience just days after welcoming Roman into the world last year.
“When you’ve just had a baby especially, you just grab whatever you can. For me, it was tea, toast and coffee. You know, Ryan was amazing, he’d make me some nice meals most days, but other days, it’s tea and toast, and that’s fine,” she shared.
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“You’re so sleep deprived, the last thing you want is another pressure to lose weight straight away and go on a restrictive diet, especially when you’re breastfeeding, you’re not even supposed to be doing that anyway.
“Usually, when I see these things I have to just let it go because there’s only so much I can do and what I can do is promote the complete opposite, which is enjoy being a new mum, don’t worry about losing weight.”
The former TOWIE star said it’s fine to be thinking about eating healthily in the future: “Of course, down the line, when you’re getting more sleep, you feel able to and you’ve been signed off from the GP, yes you can get into a little bit of exercise and start making some healthier meals again. But, to be honest, at the beginning, it’s just survival, isn’t it?”
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The mum of one reassured her Instagram followers and fellow mums that it is normal to be taking each day as it comes when you’re new to motherhood.
“Just a bit of toast while breastfeeding, dropping crumbs on their head, and the odd walk with the pram when you’re feeling up to it and that’s OK,” she said.
“Don’t see these ads and these influencers talking about going on an extreme, restrictive shake diet, or whatever the hell they are, just after giving birth and feeling like pressure and guilt that you’re not doing that, you’re not eating well or losing weight.”
It comes after Danielle Armstrong took to her story on Instagram to explain she had shakes in the day yesterday. "So guys, I just want to quickly show you what I've just made using the products. A lot of people are saying 'Oh, I don't want to have shakes.' That's absolutely fine," she began.
"This morning, I had a shake, I've had a mid-morning protein snack, this is a very late lunch for me. Normally, I have my lunch around half 2."
She later said: "Instead of a shake, this is a mug cake. Using the products, I've basically, you've got protein in there, all macro so your healthy fats carbohydrates, protein. It's around 200 calories as well."
OK! Online has approached Danielle Armstrong's representative for comment.
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