I'm Breastfeeding but I can't seem to loose any weight.

Gretchen - posted on 09/03/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hi everyone my name is Gretchen. My son is 8 months old and I am exclusively breastfeeding. The thing is, I can't seem to get the remaining baby weight off. I exercise and watch what I eat but my weight is at a stand still for a few months now. Is this happening to anyone else?

Thanks for Listening..


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Chet - posted on 09/05/2014




Some women lose weight quickly while nursing and others don't. It's also very common for new moms to lose a certain amount of weight, and for their body to want to hold on to the last bit while they are still nursing. And I've definitely talked to a couple of moms who couldn't lose weight at all while they were nursing.

It is okay to exercise and diet while you're nursing, but I wouldn't do anything extreme. Anything sudden or extreme can impact your supply.

How much weight are you looking to lose?

Guest - posted on 09/03/2014




Often with losing weight, our bodies get used to the amount of physical activity we usually require, they then stabilize the metabolism to optimize energy storage v/s energy expenditure. Thus, we lose weight when we first begin our new efforts, then we reach a point where we cannot lose any more weight given the same diet and exercise program.

Assuming that your diet is healthy, and you've been exercising regularly the only way to over come that bump in the road is to change up your exercise routine. You can do this by adding additional cardio, which will burn more fat. Or you can try changing the target areas in your strength training to build muscle (which burns more fat during down time) in places your current workout neglects. Keep in mind that you will have to change up or step up your workout every time you reach a plateau in weight loss, gradually adding more and more to your workout until you've reached your desired weight, then you have to keep the workout at that level or you will gain the weight back.

If you've accidentally slowed your metabolism down to a point where you cannot maintain a healthy weight without working out excessively, you can work with your doctor to get the metabolism back up. It is a long process and can be very complicated, so you really do need to be working with a doctor for it. Causes of excessively low metabolism are an under active thyroid (easily corrected with medication), repetitive fad dieting, periods of starvation, excessive calorie limitations.

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