Breastfeeding stay as home mom gaining weight

Tyneishabaker - posted on 06/12/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm a stay home mom been breastfeeding six months I eat healthy and I exercise I drink alot of water I still have not loss weight

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What does your workout consist of? Sometimes, if you have too much weight and not enough cardio or viceversa, your weight loss can get stalled.

Try to eat 5 small meals throughout the day as opposed to 3 big meals. If you must have carbs, focus on eating them at breakfast and mid afternoon (When J was a baby, I always hit a slump in energy at mid afternoon and I found this to be true with most new mothers. Carbs between 2pm and 3pm will give you an energy boost to get you through the home stretch of the day).
Focus on proteins for breakfast and lunch--these will give you lasting energy and help you with muscle development. Muscle burns calories faster than fat.
For all of the other meals, focus on fruits and veggies. I like to keep a tray of cut fruit & veggies in my fridge, so when I wander into the kitchen, I have a healthy, easy snack to grab.
NEVER buy junk food--if you are not getting at least one full serving of nutrients per serving, don't buy it. Chips, soda, cookies, bread, dips, dressings, etc. are all empty calories--they give you fat, but nothing for energy or health, so why bother wasting the time and energy to eat them??


Try to keep your workout balanced, and vary intensity and time regularly because your metabolism will adjust to your new activity levels and you will stop losing if you just do the same thing for weeks at a time. I do a long run (about 8 miles) 3 days a week (M,W,F), and a short, fast run (3-5 miles) on Tue & Thurs. In the summers, I swap this out with swimming, which burns more calories.
Do a cardio class like Zumba or Spinning 3 days a week, and just add resistance to get a little strength conditioning in there. Try to go to different classes each week to make sure you are targeting different muscle groups, and keep the activity levels varied.
Keep strength training to twice a week at most unless you want to bulk up a little, but do make sure you are doing some kind of strength workout like a weights routine. Crossfit classes are also a really great way to get a perfect mix. Try to get in at least one hour of workout each day in addition to your running and the weight should start coming off soon.

User - posted on 06/16/2013

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That happened to me after my 4th pregnancy.. Weight didn't start to come off until I started exercising regularly and made sure to do lots of cardio.. Super excited it's all off now.. 45 lbs & 38 inches. What kind of exercise are you doing?

Tyneishabaker - posted on 06/14/2013

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Thanks , I don't get enough sleep that's for sure my eat every two hour's sometimes every hour and a half but I'll try to sleep when he sleep more often

Miss MaL - posted on 06/14/2013

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don't worry you will. make sure you are getting enough sleep and a little bit of cardio and you should start to loose more as you are breastfeeding if you are continuously. Usually happens by 1 year

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