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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 41reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Great ideas for healthy snacks. I am always looking for new ideas. September 15, 2014
    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
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