I cant seem to get rid of the baby weight

Kristina - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 11 weeks old and i just cant seem to lose any weight, im trying to eat healthy and i exercise as much as i can, but its been below zero here in Wisconsin for the last few months so cardio is not really an option. I need ideas on how to get my body back, I had recovered from anorexia and bulimia about two years ago and i dont want to go back down that road but i really dont know how to lose weight in a healthy way, someone please help me, i cant look like this in the summer

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Sandr - posted on 02/01/2009

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It's ok!  Only 11 weeks, your hormones are still settling down.  I am 6 months post partum and am just now back to my pre-baby weight.  I have done post-natal Pilates classes, Yoga classes and some weight training exercises.  Pick up a post-natal video, Pilates is great as it targets the abs.  Also start with doing squats, by targeting your largest muscles groups you will burn lots of calories.  Start small though or the stiffness might make you want to stop!  All the best!  And just know it is going to take some time, and that is ok!

Michelle - posted on 02/01/2009

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Hello!  Congratulations on your daughter! 



 



What type of exercises are you doing currently?   I know of some exercise programs that will help you lose the extra weight in as little as 6 weeks.



But , If you are nursing, you have to make sure that you are consuming enough calories to feed your daughter.  Well balanced meals will help your lose your weight safely.  Let me know if you would like help in laying out a meal plan to help your achieve your goal.  I would be happy to help.  But here are some tips to help you as well:



Week 1:



Cut out refined and processed sugar; go for whole grain instead of starchy "white" carbs.




Week 2:



Eat more veggies, paying particular attention to leafy greens rich in vitamins and minerals; do 30 minutes of physical activity at least 3-4 times a week, even if that entails just a brisk walk.




Week 3:



Eat more omega-3-fatty acids in the form of flax (seed or oil) and fresh wild salmon.




Week 4:



Get more antioxidants in the form of whole fresh fruit, berries, and even green tea.




Week 5:



Eliminate trans-fatty acids and hydrogenated fats; choose healthy oils like olive, walnut, canola, and flaxseed.




Week 6:



Pay attention to getting enough fiber and calcium; boost exercise commitment to 60 minutes a session at least 3 to 4 times a week.




Week 7:



Focus on sources of hydration (eliminate sodas and curb caffeine and alcohol; drink lots of water).




Week 8:



Create your Survivor Kit (a small lunch or tote bag that has the right foods you can eat when you're on the go, or can't eat lunch or dinner on time, etc.




Week 9:



Identify foods you can't control portion-wise and completely eliminate them from your diet.




Week 10:



These ideas don't have to go in this order. Habitually eating right and making time for exercise is the only secret to lifelong health. Just remember: You can split up your workouts into two 30-minute sessions or three 20-minute sessions on a given day. It all adds up and it all counts!




 



Michelle - Fitness Coach

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