Lusi - posted on 08/19/2010
I had my son on the 30th of October 2009. I had him through C-Section, so that means I had to rest for about 6 weeks till the stitches were healed. I had gained 18 kg's during my pregnancy and gained 2 more during this 6 week healing period (mine was not even 6 weeks, i went beyond that). I looked like a tent I must say. I was breastfeeding but I NEVER LOST INSTEAD I GAINED. So the breasfeeding theory was not the case with me.
Then in January this year I had a nanny and I felt ready to start looking at my weight etc. I started with jogging for about 30 minutes in the afternoons. A week later NO weight had shifted. Then I tried to jog in the mornings for 30 minutes again. A week later, 4 kg's had shifted. I thought "Oh, maybe it takes into account that week's one"...I then went back to doing the afternoons, unfortunately, a week later there was NO weight loss at all. I still don't know the theory behind this. I made a decision that I will excersise in the mornings ONLY its the ONLY time I lose weight.
I changed my eating plan. the 1st months I ate as follows :
Morning : a bowl of All Bran with FAT FREE MILK
Snack : Apple
Lunch : 2 provitas and a tomato
Snack : Nectarine
Dinner/Supper : 90 gram chicken/fish and green veges or salad
I lost a total of 10 kg's during the first month. I was still breastfeeding during this time but if I felt hungry I would much raw carrots etc..NO JUNK FOOD
I cut out all bad STARCH i.e white rice, bread and sugar. I would still have my coffee, but with sweetners instead.
During the second month I lost 8 kilos and during the secon week of the 3rd moth I had lost ALL the baby weight.
You don't have to use my plan per se, but you must CUT OUT BAD STARCH ALTOGETHER TILL YOU REACH YOUR WEIGHT
All the best. I hope I helped
Cynthia - posted on 08/19/2010
In order to lose baby weight (and I'm just going off my medical background, not personal experience since I'm still pregnant with my first!) you need to burn fat and help your stomach muscles return to their proper place. A workout belly band can help support your sagging tummy muscles, and cardio workouts over muscle building will help burn off the fat and trim down your waist- things like jogging, dancing, anything that gets your heart rate up. You also need to be able to keep that type of exercise up for about 45 minutes. I know people say that any time you get to exercise- 20 minutes here and there or whatever is fine, and it is better than nothing, but you don't actually start to burn out of your fat reserves for at least 15 minutes. Before that you're just burning the calories you've just put in that day but no old ones. Walking or biking are great because they can be done with kids and for longer, more sustained periods while still getting your heart rate up, especially if you integrate hills into your course, and swimming works really well too. Also, if you are going to do typical workouts (sit-ups, etc.), don't over-work one part of your body because that workout then tends to lose it's effectiveness. Switch things up and you should see better results. You also do need to be careful about the total amount of calories you take in- there are a lot of online trackers where you can see how many calories you're actually taking in, and if you're not putting out more than that amount, you're not going to lose. I would suggest setting up a tracker online and tracking everything you eat for a few days without any changes from normal just so you can see where you're at. I know when I did it I was shocked at how many times I was snacking during the day without really realizing it, and that helped me curtail that habit. Wearing the belly band will give your muscles a chance to start tightening back up, and you should start seeing results soon! I know that my hubby, who acquired a rather large belly after changing jobs to a very sedentary job and suffering a back injury, and who is now on crutches has just been following these little steps- belly band, watching what he eats, and upping his exercise (he swims and does sit ups which are no impact on his foot) he has started to lose inches and pounds. The yoga other people have been suggesting is another REALLY great idea, since it builds core strength, which helps pull in those tired, stretched out pregnant tummy muscles without bulking them up too much, which would just make it look worse.. Wish you the best of luck!
Crunches by themselves will do nothing except build up muscle behind a flabby midsection, which will actually enhance the pouf. Try starting with cardio for at least 30 minutes a day for at least 3 days a week, and eat balanced, portion controlled meals. Sling up your baby or put him in the stroller and use your workouts as a time to bond! You don't have to run, just walk briskly, and take the time to try and control your stomach muscles, which may still be weak from pregnancy.
Tandy - posted on 08/13/2010
Interval training is the best way to lose the weight. The way you lose weight is by burning more calories than you eat. So depending on your height and weight you should try to only eat a certain amount of calories, and then when you work out do interval. Meaning jog 3 minutes walk for two, jog for 5 minutes walk for two, bascially bringing your heart rate up for a few minutes and then a recovery period for a few minutes (no more than two minutes). Also, adding in some weight training will boost your metabolism A LOT! Hope it helps! :)
Kristen - posted on 08/12/2010
40 mins yoga four days a weeks, 30-60 mins jogging twice a week, water till you can't stand to drink anymore, cut your sugar and carbs, and get as close to a vegetarian/raw foods diet as possible whilst leaving your family's diet regular. to be honest i only lasted two months but it worked. i only have 10 lbs left after gaining a 60.
Jenna - posted on 08/12/2010
I had a csection my first pregnancy and I was close to losing almost twice the weight I gained, but then I got pregnant again ... oops lol. Anywho, I ate lean lunches - salads, lean meat (sliced chicken/turkey), healthy choice cafe steamers. Made sure I had oatmeal every morning for breakfast. Had tons of green beans and carrots on hand for snacking during the day. And a balanced dinner, normally with a side salad. I also used black beans to substitute for ground beef when I made mexican food. Threw chickpeas in all my salads - added fiber and protein. I also took Fiber One Weight control supplements. Drank plenty of water, cold green tea, and dark juices (pomogranate, cherry, grape).
For exercises I did a lot of core type workouts - Zumba dancing, tae-bo/kickboxing, and hula hoop exercise routines. I found crunches really didn't do much, but the ore exercise routines worked a lot better. So did going up and down my stairs lol.
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