losing the baby weight

Holly - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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having a real hard time losing the 20 pounds I put on during the pregnancy.. any ideas
I have been watching what I eat and going to the gym but the scale just stays the same..grr

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Melissa - posted on 08/04/2010

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I was 205 after my daughter was born and was determined to get back to my 140 before summer.. well summers here, and 3 weeks ago i started the INSANITY work out program, and i'm down to 175lbs. I threw my back out for 2 months so couldn't really do much, but now that it's feeling good i'm really working it.. i'm down 27lbs in 3 weeks.. I know I know seems like a lot.. if you try this work out you'll understand, after thw warm up you're so full of sweat you need to change your shirt!!!! lots of water, no white carbs, and no junk of any kind.. i'm going to be a milf in no time!!! Hang in there my dear, if you put your mind to it you can do it!!!

Christina - posted on 07/10/2010

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Have either of you hit google videos or youtube to look up some of the after pregnancy workouts? There are some really great pilaties (sp?) & yoga ones that are easy to do with your baby there that help a lot with the mid-section. And as for, say maybe your legs, when im doing dishes or something I'll stand straight as i can and lift myself to the balls of my feet and hold it till it burns a little rest for 5-10 breaths and do that again till i finish dishes, i've noticed a drastic difference in my thighs and calves doing that.

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Jennifer - posted on 05/01/2012

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I had a problem with losing the extra 30 lbs also. I tried exercising and watching what I eat...but it never worked. I eventually ended up with a pain in the tendon in the back of the foot (just above heel). I was told it had minor tares in it and if I kept working out it will get worse (took about 7-8 months to heal). So I stopped working out and my mother in law recommended Weight Watchers. It was super simple and I lost 7 lbs in one month (slowed down after to lose 1/2 - 1 lb a week).

It is basically calorie counting BUT they use a point system. I don't know about you but I can never remember how many calories I am suppose to have and I tend to forget how much I DID have. The point system is better, for me anyways because I can 29 points a day plus 6 when I was breast feeding. 1 cup of rice/ pasta is 5 points with out sauce. So It's not just what you are eating but how much.

I always thought I was eating right but my portions were bigger than they should have been. Fruit and Veg (except corn) were 0 points so eat as much as you want.

I have a points calculator so if you are interested I can do your points for you. Or join your nearest Weight Watchers for a couple of months then you can stop and do it from home.

Anyhow...I really didn't want to talk so much about that program but I was so amazed with how well it worked for me so I thought i'd share.

Kellie - posted on 04/23/2012

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I finally broke down and went to a weight loss specialist FP MD. He has corrected some imbalanaces in my metabolism as well as helping me with my energy and other things. I have lost 40 lbs since about one year ago...down to 115 # 5'6"...at the same weight when I was marathon training (except that I do not have time to do that anymore). Also, just finished my Master's degree :))

Kellie - posted on 04/23/2012

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I finally broke down and went to a weight loss specialist FP MD. He has corrected some imbalanaces in my metabolism as well as helping me with my energy and other things. I have lost 40 lbs since about one year ago...down to 115 # 5'6"...at the same weight when I was marathon training (except that I do not have time to do that anymore). Also, just finished my Master's degree :))

Jackie - posted on 04/23/2012

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I experienced post-partpum depression as well and dropped then gained back 35 pounds. I am hoping with the nicer weather that I will feel better.

♥TIA♥ - posted on 04/05/2012

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I was in the same boat as you, Especially since I am in my thirties...We just don't get the same youth we yearn for back. However, I found success with Realw8. All natural, more water and curb your carb and sugar intake! incredibly I FINALLY got rid of 7 pounds and 2 pants sizes. Thanks to a friend that knew I was doing everything I could! he introduced me to it. And I talked with the Heart Surgeon Doctor that formulated it. It is to reduce heart disease and diminish obesity or just being overweight. I didn't have to starve myself or work a sweat. I did as I was told and that was that! I was amazed. Now everyone is asking me about it, as they see my pants so baggy on me...LOL...I got to go shopping! If you would like me to help you succeed. Let me know, like my friend I will be more than happy to see you gain happiness and lose that weight!

Jessica - posted on 04/01/2012

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I think it has to do with age too.Christina is 24. When I was 24 I totally dropped the baby weight and didn't even try! With baby #3 I got the blues:( 18 months after and I am still where I was 6 weeks post partum. I lost about 30 but since I gained 40 I still have 10 to go. At 29 it is so much harder. I also quit smoking so that doesn't help. Starting tomorrow my coffee is only black, no more beers, and gum after 7pm. I will let you guys know how it goes. Also I bought a great pair of running shoes 3 days ago for my new fat feet. I read up on couch to 5k and want to start running with my new lungs:)

Stifler's - posted on 08/04/2010

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i got to 98kg (215pounds) at 40 weeks and 5 days. it was insane, all that caramel slice. i'm finally back in the 70's. i need to be back in the 50's though.

Stifler's - posted on 08/04/2010

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i demanded weight loss medication from the doctor, best thing i ever did.

Stifler's - posted on 08/04/2010

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i demanded weight loss medication from the doctor, best thing i ever did.

Amanda - posted on 08/02/2010

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i'm right there with yu...i breastfeed it seems to help a lot but i am stuck at losing my last 10 pounds cause i only gained 20 pounds when i was pregnant(morning sickness) i do crunches at night and walk during the day.. i just mainly have to stop eating at night...

Megan - posted on 07/29/2010

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its not all about what you eat when losing the weight...you also have to designate an hour a day (preferrably the same time) to work out a half hour keeps you healthy but an hour helps you lose that weight...so pick those fun excerise that inspire you to want to be free.

Louise - posted on 07/23/2010

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I agree with lots of ladies on here, breastfeeding is the secret! It just burns so many calories! Before I was pregnant I was overweight at 169lbs/77kg(I'm 5"4/163cm)and at the end of my pregnancy I went up to a whopping 216lbs/98kg. With breastfeeding, and refusing to buy goodies in the supermarket, I've lost 57lbs/26kg (my son will be 6 months on 29th July). To be honest, I haven't done that much exercise, but have done a bit of walking, but nothing too strenuous. The key for me was not buying crisps and chocolate and buying fruit instead, so when a craving for something "bad" came, I couldn't have anything, so I'd have a banana or an orange or something like that. Also, I've made myself a list of dinners, so I always have an idea for mealtimes, it saves money, time and my figure!
Good luck

LaQuitea - posted on 07/21/2010

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I've lost almost all of my baby weight. Only 7 pounds left, and after that I'm going for wedding day weight which will be another 20 pounds. I'm using Slim-Fast because it worked so well before. I also joined Stroller Strides so I can work out w/my kids ( I also have a 2 year old). I did up my fiber and water intake. The weeks I have more fiber and water I see the better results even if I don't work out as hard. The only thing I feel is holding my back is lack of sleep...

Ashley - posted on 07/20/2010

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I just went to the dr. and I gained weight back. For some reason in the summer I gain weight. I would rather gain weight in the winter. It is not too much but it is still depressing

Tracie - posted on 07/19/2010

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Seems like this is a common problem after pregnancy. i too can't not loose the weight i have put on. i hate it. just gotta stay positive and keep eating healthy and working out.

Ashley - posted on 07/17/2010

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I have lost all the weight, but I am still carrying around an extra 20 pounds that I don't want. It is hard to lose the weight, I lost it then it came right back.=(

Emma Louise - posted on 07/16/2010

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I have friends over and play on the wii fit as well as watching what ieat and taking my sonswimming and for long walks x

Rose - posted on 07/16/2010

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I'm not losing I'm gaining! Last I checked I've gained 10lbs! I initially lost all but 25lbs and now I'm at 35lbs to lose! I know my issue though--I eat when I'm tired and I don't exercise when I'm tired and I'm tired all the freakin' time--I had twins and they are almost 6 mons old but there sleep schedule sucks.

Good luck!

Tai - posted on 07/16/2010

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First let me say I'm not a Dr, nor a nutritionist.
Ok I have two kids, 3 yrs and 6 mo, I gained 65lbs with my first pregnancy and 30 with my second. I was a little under weight (health reasons) before my first 100lbs and after his 65lb pregnancy weight gain I was 119lbs until I got pregnant with my daughter. Currently weigh 123lbs, six months after the birth of my daughter and I eat whatever I want with in a specific diet. Not diet as the general population sees it, a temp. change in how you eat to reach a goal weight. But diet as in what I eat daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. I eat little to no processed foods. I cook all my meals. Even if I can't cook daily I have a "stock" of home prepared freezer meals. If I do eat out I eat at sit down places. NO FAST FOOD!!!
*Carbs are not the enemy... bleached/processed carbs are. Switch from bread isle white bread to bakery section whole grain bread.
*Sugar is not the enemy... refined and chemically altered sugars are. Sub raw sugar for white sugar. Sub honey for corn syrup. (I sub honey for everything but that's just my personal preference)
*Fat is not the enemy... trans fat is.
*Ditch "low fat" everything!!! The chemicals in it are like a drug to the body. You start to crave it subconsciously.
*And if you only take one thing I suggest into consideration please let it be this. If you look at the list of ingredients and can't pronounce something PUT IT BACK!!! If it's real you can read it!!!
There is a TON more I could say and would be happy to talk more to anyone who would like to know more. It is possible to lose the weight quickly with out giving up sweets and snacks! And my size 5 jeans are the proof! ;o)

Brooke - posted on 07/16/2010

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Exclusive breastfeeding! It sucked the weight off of me in three weeks, I'm not kidding!! I weigh less now than before I was pregnant and I eat whatever I want (I couldn't do that before without getting chunky).

Lauren - posted on 07/15/2010

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Breastfeeding worked wonders for me! I work fulltime and have noooo time to really workout. but I lost all my baby weight (55lbs) ... all i have left is this stupid soft pouch( I had a realllly big belly) I need to do situps to get rid of,...

It sounds like you need to boost your metabolism somehow

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I'm struggling with the last 5 lbs. For me, I just need to get active. I am nursing so that helps a ton! I have been "working" on this last 5 lbs for about 2 months and I refuse to let it stick! This conversation may motivate me! I live out of the US in a dangerous area, so any excercise I do has to be in the confines of my home. I have 3 kids, so for me, finding time to work out is the hardest. With my littlest still not sleeping through the night, I just don't have the energy to get up at 5am like I used to! I'm lucky to get 15 minutes awake before the kiddos!

Montana - posted on 07/15/2010

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yoga is really great. i've tried everything. i bought turbo jam off the tv, tried runnin, but i have found happiness in the form of a 30 minute yoga workout. its very relaxing, gives me confidence, and bc its not too strenuous i WANT to do it. my 3 year old loves to do it with me 7 my 6 month old likes to watch. good luck!

Kellie - posted on 07/14/2010

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Breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed! And if it isn't going so well for you, ask your doctor about prescripton meds to help. Get that milk supply up and the weight will drop ... along with some exercise, of course.

Sara - posted on 07/14/2010

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I can't help you much, here. The only thing I did different that other people I know, is that I breastfeed. My uterus shrunk down pretty quick - within the first month post-partum. I don't eat as much as I should, but BFing not only pulls your belly in faster but you use extra calories from your body to put into the milk. *shrugs* BUT baby weight is something to be proud of. You've got something special to show for it. Take your time losing it if you have to, and try not to be too down about it. :)

Christina - posted on 07/14/2010

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An 8oz cup of black coffee, nothing at all in it but the coffee, can also help give your metabolism a nice boost in the morning. I try to have just one cup and in the morning around breakfast time & especially before my morning walks. As it is, out here where I am, its been getting pretty hot by about 11am so I have to try and get my walks in before that since Kalli-Mae is always with me.

Kassi - posted on 07/14/2010

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I'm not having too much luck myself, though I haven't much tried. I hear yoga and cardio are both fantastic ways to shed the pounds. Nursing helped me a lot. I'm actually at my pre-pregnancy weight now, but during the pregnancy I lost about 20 lbs before I started gaining and I want to get back there. Try googling the soup diet. I tried it a while back and dropped about 15 lbs in a week or so. The article I have came out of Good Housekeeping so they might have it on their site. I'd say that diet combined with some good exercise should get you to where you want to be. And perhaps I should take my own advice!

Cassandra - posted on 07/14/2010

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I was at 195 AFTER my baby was born, and am down to about 155 and still dropping. Slowly but surley. Always make sure you have breakfast because that's what gets your matabolism going. Then continue eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day. 5-6 small meals is ideal, that way your matabolism doesn't rest and it burns fat more efficiently. Cardio is a must as is lifting wieghts. Muscle burns fat as well, so don't be afraid to hit the weights. They really don't bulk you the way you think they would since women don't have nearly the amount of testosterone most men do. Cut out sugars and high calorie foods and you're good to go. The key is patience and consistency. It's not going to happen overnight, and it will only work if you continue to do it. There's no easy way, just the right way: diet and excersise!

Meghan - posted on 07/13/2010

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at the end of my pregnancy i weighed 225 and now shes 5 months and im down to 158. how did i do it. stroller rides, breastfeeding and lots of water, waters a big one, you need to drink half your body weight in ounces. thats a lot of water, if you dont like water try sugar free koolaid or crystal light, switch your can of pop with water, milk is also good in a diet. breastfeeding loses 500-700 calories a day.that really adds up

Tiffany - posted on 07/12/2010

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uhh i no wut u mean i cant keep the weight off i gain 67 lbs w my babe and only lost 20 lbs.... i feel terrible.... :(

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30 minutes cardio 3x/wk AND weights 2-3x/wk. The weights are essential! Work your core with lots of different types of crunches (look online) so you can work ALL areas of your abs! Also, squats and lunges work wonders! It's hard!! Glad to hear you trying so hard. Good luck!!!

Leslie - posted on 07/12/2010

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They say 9 months on, 9 months off (though it seems more like 12+month to take it off). With my first post-pregnancy, once my baby was 6 months old I did the South Beach diet for 2 weeks and dropped 10 lbs. Then I walked and jogged and it took awhile but in time I went back to where I was before. These things just take time, relax and enjoy your baby, eat right *when you can and move around. Good luck!

Saakshi - posted on 07/11/2010

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I don't know I lost the 15 pounds but the last 10 it seems like are taking forever to go...

Sarah - posted on 07/11/2010

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I am currently trying to lose the baby weight also. I work out and eat right. I eat breakfast lunch and dinner. Breakfast and luch are bigger meals and then my dinner is sometype of meat usually chicken and a veggie. I cook the meat on my george forman grill. I usually eat dinner between 5 and 6. If I get really hungry a couple hours later I will chew a piece of gum. Also you need to make sure you try not to stress out. That works against your weight lose. I know this is hard but as much sleep as you can get the better. Drink lots of water. I usually drink coffee in the morning and then drink water the rest of the day. Or if you like unsweetened iced tea. It doesn't have anything in it but if your sick of water I would drink that. It's hard but I lost 26 pounds in about four months. Good Luck!

Anneka - posted on 07/10/2010

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I am right there with you. My dh is about to go to Iraq and we will be going primal once he leaves...www.primalblueprint.com Its a no grain, low carb, high protein diet plus exercise system

Evelyn - posted on 07/10/2010

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the same here, ive been workin out 4 times a week, two hours a day, i need help also

Danielle - posted on 07/10/2010

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i'm the same hun, i work 7 till 7 looking after children as well as Olivia (i'm a childminder) and even all the running around i do with them isn't helping, i'm watching what i eat, i've stopped all chocolate and sweets and eating as healthy as i can but yet i got on the scales just he other day and it said i put on 3lb ********* really annoying, once i've finished work and spend time with Olivia its at least 8pm when she goes to bed so i don't feel like doing excercise i just want to chill, i'm stuck as to what i should do.

Christina - posted on 07/08/2010

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I was so scared of having a hard time getting rid of the baby weight too i went from 155lb pre-preg weight to 195lb 10mins before they popped my water. I breastfeed so that seems to have helped a lot as my daughter eats almost every hour still. On top of that though i get lots of fiber, protein, fluids, & rest. Luckily we live in a small town also so i walk places frequently and that helps a lot as well. At her 3month check up i was 166lbs and at her 4month i had dropped to 160lb. Its hard but you gotta work with your body. If you've been doing crunches to try and get rid of the pudge maybe you need to work on your trans abs instead (the inner abs that are like the belt around your middle.) What have you been doing at the gym? Are you breastfeeding?

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