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Reality-Tested Ways To Lose The Baby Weight

Got some post-pregnancy pounds to shed and no time to even think about dealing? Not a problem! These moms slimmed down with simple strategies, and so can you. Go on, do a happy dance.
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Milk it. Breastfeeding’s benefits for baby are well known, along with the nice little bonus for mom: You’ll burn about 500 extra calories a day by nursing. Since you’ll need to keep up the healthy pregnancy habits—eating a good diet and holding off on alcohol—while your breastaurant is in business, it’ll also help you shed poundage.

Make healthy eating a no-brainer. “I whip up a basic salad on Sunday, keep it in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days, and add in nuts, meat or leftover chicken,” says Erin Ruddy, a Long Island, New York, mom of two. “When you eat a lot of salad, you eat less of everything else. Win-win!”

Walk it off. The fresh air is good for you and baby and besides, couldn’t you both use a change of scenery? Go with a friend, do some window-shopping, or just power walk around the park.

Find a workout that works for you. “Before I got pregnant, I went to the gym every other day,” says Rachel Davis, a mom of one in Edina, Minnesota. “After my son was born, even finding the time to return a phone call was a challenge, and it just wasn’t happening. Now I’m into yoga videos, and I hold my son in my arms while doing lunges. He thinks it’s a game! He’s 8 months old, and I just fit back into my pre-baby jeans.”

Do what you enjoy. “I’ve played soccer most of my life, and joining a team once my baby was nine months old was a great way to make a commitment to exercise,” says Nicole Basham, an Austin, Texas mom of one. “It helped that my team happened to have a lot of new moms, so many of us were in the same boat. I lost the weight and it gave me more energy, too.”

Never stop eating! “I ate small meals all day long, just like when I was pregnant. That way, I wasn’t so hungry that I’d gorge at the end of the day,” says Pamela Yonkin, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire, mom of two. “It took nine months to put that weight on, and it took nine months to get it off. But it did come off, and I didn’t have to get crazy about it. Have patience and cut yourselves some slack, moms!”

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 40reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I love all the wonderful snack ideas in this article. I offer my son two healthy snack options. This way, he can pick which healthy snack he would like to eat. He feels independent, in charge and most importantly he is making a healthy choice either way. It makes me feel great to encourage him to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, cheeses & whole grains. This is a Win - Win strategy! June 13, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I have had to battle the sugars with my daughter, but we both love apples and peanut butter. I am glad for some new ideas after reading this article though like string cheese and small sandwiches. She is always so hungry, but I try to make her pick apples over chips. April 24, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by The must article for new mom to read. I remeber after my 3 yes, 3rd just had 4th. I really enjoyed walking around our neighborhood, fresh air for baby new things to look at, and mommy got some much needed air, new surroundings, and exercise to boot. April 9, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I feel that it is important to give your children the gift of healthy eating habits; however, I believe that most babies have a bad start with the formula use as opposed to breast milk. It is more convenient in certain aspects, but I feel that toddlers also can become victims of the consumer driven junk food makers of today. Packaging and brand names can be misleading and if a person does not actually take the time to read up on nutrition they can truly feed their kids straight junk and not even realize that they are doing it. I feel that the article was a little vague and misleading. It is important to find healthy choices but saying things like give your kid fruit bars as opposed to fruit snacks or that string cheese is a good snack can be bad information. Parents must read labels thoroughly and ingredients. It is always going to be my opinion that the fewer ingredients the better even if sugar is one of them. At least I know what sugar is and today there are so many chemicals, dyes and additives in packaged foods that it can be scary. Granola was another suggestion, but I believe that there are not too many premade varieties that are really good for us. I think that Good eating habits and choices was the message offered in the article and that is a definite good message, I just wish that the suggestions were a little better. Popcorn does not offer much in the way of nutrition and it is not real filling. what about peanut butter on apples or fruit period? whole wheat tortillas with real cheese make great snacks and are not messy, or even peanut butter and banana in a tortilla. great on the go to. Plus most fast food fare has offerings for snacking that has come a long way. It is important to have vitamins and proteins and minerals as well as be lower in calories and fats. I feel that proper education and less packaging makes better choices just easier. January 13, 2014
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