Because I gained well over 40 pounds during my pregnancy, many people were concerned (even obsessed!) with my ability to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. As a result, I received an influx of comments giving me tips for how to shed the pounds.Not long after I gave birth, I found myself in the gym nearly every day, using energy I didn't have from food I didn't have time to eat. As the mother of a newborn, there weren't enough hours of the day to prioritize my nutrients, my weight goals, and my baby. Something had to give, and it wound up being my eating habits.(Brag your love of gardening with the Organic Life 2018 Wall Calendar, featuring gorgeous photographs, cooking tips and recipes, plus how to eat more—and waste less—of what's in season.)When the weight fell off, everyone complimented me. But they didn't know I was struggling to find time to eat. My energy levels and overall health had began to suffer. (Here's how to get back to a healthy exercise routine after a … [Read more...] about I Focused On Losing Baby Weight As A New Mom—And That Was A Big Mistake
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A look at the science behind lactation and what it means for your waistlineThe conversation surrounding breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding usually pegs health benefits against convenience. A less common talking point? The reported pound-shedding effect of nursing your baby.US Weekly that she attributes her postpartum slim-down to Pilates, spinning, surfing, and…breast-feeding.is breast-feeding the sure-fire way to fit back into your regular clothes? Yes and no. Research does support that breast-feeding can help new moms lose weight, says Tanya Zuckerbrot, M.S., R.D., author of The F-Factor Diet. But it’s not the only way to slim down—we’ll get to that in a minute. First, here’s a science primer.Why Breast Feeding Can Make You Slimmer “As far as a caloric burn, it is true that breast-feeding moms do burn 300-500 calories a day,” Zuckerbrot says. But your body requires energy (read: calories) to create breast milk, she says, so doctors … [Read more...] about Can Breast-Feeding Help You Lose Baby Weight?
Throughout her second pregnancy, Christina Aguilera embraced her growing bump and showed off how comfortable she was with her changing shape—even posing nude on the cover of V Magazine way into her third trimester. Now, just two weeks after giving birth to daughter Summer Rain, E! News is sharing the smart, sane way she's shedding the baby weight."She is very dedicated to yoga," a source tells E! News. "So much that she has never stopped practicing it. She did yoga the entire time she was pregnant." The source says that the 33-year-old mom-of-two and Voice star "loves the way it makes her look and feel, inside and out. It's so calming and keeps her centered. She is obsessed!"Christina is also breastfeeding (which burns 300-500 calories a day), the source added, and she's also eating clean and keeping an eye on portion sizes. "Everything is about moderation,” E! News’ source says. "She will have cheat meals occasionally, too." Here’s more sound advice for … [Read more...] about How Christina Aguilera Is Losing the Baby Weight
When you're pregnant, it may seem like the most logical course of action is to devour whatever you want (after all, you're eating for two!) and worry about the weight gain after your bundle of joy is born. But taking a proactive approach can make getting back to your pre-baby weight so much easier."Life will really get busy quickly once the new little member of your family arrives, so preparing for this transition can really help once it happens," says Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., a wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. "You have time now to plan out your diet, but when you have a baby to take care of, sometimes mom’s health falls by the wayside."Kirkpatrick recommends taking steps now—not just later—to speed up your slim down.1. Learn How to Kick Your Cravings2. Don’t Eat for Two3. Clean Up Your KitchenRELATED: 7 'Healthy' Ingredients That Are Making You Gain Weight4. Set Realistic Goals5. Siphon Some Motivation for Later6. Get a … [Read more...] about What to Do During Pregnancy to Make Losing the Baby Weight Easier
Vitals Erin Bauer-Whitfield, 27, Sierra Vista, AZMost people who join the Army lose weight. Erin Bauer-Whitfield packed on more than 20 pounds after she enlisted.Stationed in Bamberg, Germany, Erin ate a steady diet of beer, chicken cordon bleu, schnitzel, and pizza rolls, and the number on the scale slowly crept up. When she hit 170, she was put on the Army's overweight program, which relegated her to extra physical training and cleaning duties. In 2004, Erin left the Army due to endometriosis (a condition that puts her at risk of hemorrhaging). When Erin's husband, Richard, was deployed to Iraq, she hit a turning point. Feeling bored and alone, she decided to make a change. "I knew I had two choices: sit on my butt and get fat like a lot of army wives do when their husbands get deployed, or get moving," she says.She started lifting weights and working out on the step machine in a nearby gym at least four times a week. After four months she was down to 145 pounds. But when Richard … [Read more...] about Walk Off the Baby Weight
The question: How long does it really take to get back to your pre-baby weight after you give birth?The expert: Mitzi Dulan, R.D., author of The Pinterest DietThe answer: Last week, Kate Middleton bared her tummy briefly while playing volleyball in her first solo public appearance since giving birth. Her stomach was totally flat—despite the fact that she had Prince George just two months ago. And Kim Kardashian is already taking sexy selfies—even though North West is only four months old. Of course, being in shape is basically part of your job description when you're a celebrity. For those of us without constant around-the-clock childcare and access to the best personal trainers and eating plans known to man, how long is it going to take to get back to your pre-baby body? For most women, it takes somewhere between three months to a year to shed the excess pounds, says Dulan—and for some moms, it can take significantly longer. Something important to keep … [Read more...] about How Long Does It REALLY Take to Lose Baby Weight?
After giving birth to her son Finn in 2012, actress Tori Spelling slimmed down crazy-quickly. She told US Weekly that swimming was the secret to her speedy weight loss—but in her new memoir Spelling It Like It Is, she reveals that exercise didn't really help her drop all of those pounds. Rather, she says she was on the "Just Keep Your F*****g Mouth Shut And Eat Air Diet" (via Radar Online):"My publicist had given me clear instructions about what to say about my weight loss. Women didn’t want to know that I had lost weight through dieting, not exercising. … So I said that I swam." Turns out, Spelling “can’t do much more than a doggy paddle.” It's just another helpful reminder that celebrities often feel obligated to maintain a certain size as part of their jobs—and that it's not fair to compare yourself to them, whether you're trying to lose baby weight or not. Also worth noting: Because a combination of diet … [Read more...] about Eek! Tori Spelling Lied About How She Lost the Baby Weight
Losing baby weight can be tough—but not quite as tough if you put on the right amount in the first place.Jenna Dewan Tatum recently told Us Weekly that she lost her 33 pounds of baby weight in just seven weeks—thanks in large part to the healthy strategies she focused on while she still had a baby bump.“I think a lot of women find out they’re pregnant and are like, ‘Let's go crazy and eat ice cream every day!'” she said. “To me, it was, ‘I’m growing a human being, and I want to give this little soul the best nutrition I can.’”Of course, Jenna also did plenty of dance cardio workouts, hiking, and strength training after giving birth to her daughter (and she’s also followed a mostly vegan diet). But she’s definitely onto something with the not-abandoning-healthy-habits-when-you-have-a-bun-in-the-oven thing.According to one Obstetric Medicine study, more than half of women gain too much weight during pregnancy, … [Read more...] about Jenna Dewan Tatum Lost Her Baby Weight in 7 Weeks—Here’s Her Secret
Today Show host Savannah Guthrie just gave birth to her second baby. Savannah Guthrie’s baby boy is named Charles Max Feldman, and he came out nine pounds, eight ounces. The new baby’s is named after Guthrie’s late father and husband Mild Feldman’s grandfather. Guthrie usually has a slim figure, so now that she has given birth, she is probably working on her post-baby body and trying to get back to hosting The Today Show. Earlier in the year, Guthrie took a mommy-baby workout class, which she brought her daughter to. Taryn Toomey led the class in New York, and it involved lunges, squats, and using their babies as resistance. Guthrie enjoys working out with friend Jenna Bush, so the two ladies took the class together. Although effective, Bush admitted that it wasn’t always easy to work out with their children. Bush admitted in an interview, “Well, I have to say, working out with our babies was not that relaxing. We like to work out together, and … [Read more...] about Savannah Guthrie Delivers Second Baby, Today Show’s Host Probably Planning for Post Baby Weight Loss
Country singer and reality TV star Jessie James Decker posted a body positive photo to her Instagram last week of her showing off her “loose mommy skin” in a cute, pale pink bikini from her Kittenish collection. This isn’t the first time the singer has shared a look into the ways her body has changed since becoming a mother, and she consistently encourages her followers to remain confident and body positive despite having gained pregnancy weight and/or experiencing loose skin after having children. She posted a photo to her profile just days after the birth of her second child, Eric Thomas Decker II, proudly displaying her baby weight and even her C-section scar. Decker looks fantastic in both photos and the captions stress that she was in no hurry to drop the extra pounds fast, as strict dieting isn’t recommended for new mothers and those who are still breastfeeding. When she was ready, though, the mother of two tackled her weight loss with a healthy … [Read more...] about Jessie James Decker Shares Body Positive Post On Losing Pregnancy Weight