Do You Want to Lose Baby Weight?

Monday, July 9th, 2012 by from Mom, Myself, & I

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A recent survey revealed on the Dr. Oz show found that 87% of all US women are unhappy with their weight. 

In fact, the weight loss industry – selling tons of pharmaceuticals and herbal weight loss remedies, exercise equipment and exercise routines – is one that has been literally unscathed by a dwindling economic climate. And weight loss centers – whose main clientele are women (mothers at that) –are popping up in strip malls all over North America. 

Adipex, one of the most popular diet drugs available by prescription only is being considered one of the most widely used drugs in America and is being prescribed at record numbers. 

Sadly, the negative body image that many of us carry around is often the gateway for women to be taken advantage of by marketing ploys. Check out Facebook, the news, watch commercials, or nearly any talk show, and you will sure to find some sort of claim about weight loss and how to lose weight FAST. Worse is that there is a lot of pressure on mothers to lose baby weight and fit back in those pre-pregnancy jeans! To which I say, forget it!

The truth is that while some of the drugs on the market will help you lose weight there is STILL ONLY ONE WAY to lose weight and be healthy. It’s perhaps one of the most simple equations known to man and boils down to the innate functions of the human body. 

The cure for being overweight is to MOVE MORE and EAT LESS/BETTER. 

Garbage in the body equates to weight gain and unhealthiness. Many doctors recommend eating only natural things – avoiding processed foods or anything that comes in a box, and watching intakes of salt. But the bottom line is that weight loss doesn’t have to be difficult. You need to move your body more, which will burn calories, and eat fewer calories per day. Trading that bag of chips for an apple equals fewer calories and walking to the park or playing on the trampoline with the kids means more calories burned

Losing weight this way and balancing your diet naturally may take a little bit longer than swallowing a daily pill, but it will be a heck of a lot more long lasting. (Not to mention without negative side effects.)

Recently, I wrote in to a popular MOMMY site, which seems to be excessively pushing weight loss gimmicks, advertisements, and articles to their online guests, most of whom are new mothers and mommies. As if there isn’t enough pressure on women already. Bottom line is that they are trading in their ethics and compassion for women for the almighty dollar. 

If you are tempted to fall for one of the tricks or gimmicks online – try to steady yourselfRemember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If something besides exercise and a healthy diet claims to enable you to lose an enormous amount of weight in a short term, check it out with your doctor first. 

Most importantly, learn to love the skin you are in. Give yourself time to drift back to your pre-pregnancy body, and try to be amazed at how amazing the female body really is! In other words, give yourself a break! Slow and steady when it comes to weight loss, wins the race!

Are you concerned about your post-baby body?  What tricks have helped you to lose weight the healthy way?

What do you think? Do You Want to Lose Baby Weight?

Stef DanielAuthor

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (w ... More

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  1. Avatar of jcsmirh jcsmirh says:

    Taking my baby with me on walks/jogs gets me moving and out of the house, and my baby loves being outside, so my advice is to find something that you can do with your baby. It helps me to stay a little more motivated too knowing that my baby enjoys it. Also, eating right helps a lot!!! I was told at the hospital that I needed to add 500 extra calories to my diet when breastfeeding, but when I asked my doctor about that at my postpartum appt, he said to just listen to my body and eat when I’m hungry. So don’t feel like you have to eat too much, just listen to your body and fill up on healthy food instead of junk. It’s been working for me so far!

  2. Avatar of Giggi Giggi says:

    I try so hard to stay with my exersice routine and eating healthy everyday but I get lazy to do my exercise. Is hard.especialy because I dont have anybody to support me.

  3. Avatar of Yani Yani says:

    I have loss like 10 pounds of the baby weight just by exercising doing Zumba Fitness a least 3 time a week and focusing on my bigger part of my body! Plus, eating more fiber rich foods and more vegetables and fruit…I DON’T eat processed food and try to cook everyday. I have also substituted milk for coconut or almond milk which is really healthy, plus white pasta for whole wheat pasta and bread and flour when I bake my own bread. It been great to see the change in my body and health!!!

  4. Avatar of Swati Swati says:

    I totally agree with this article…personally, i am super super scared of mysterious side effects of miracle drugs…infact i belong on one extreme where i do not even believe in taking contraceptive pills….as for weight loss, simply use one of the many free calorie conting websites (myfitnesspal, dailyburn, etc.) and try to incorporate 20 mins of good workout. I try and stick to this routine at least 6 days a week, and allow myself 1 splurge day. I have always been overweight and lazy, but recently started this routine…and have lost good weight in a month. Calorie counting is the best natural way to shed excess weight.

  5. Avatar of Kaylynn Kaylynn says:

    I am SOOOOO scared of losing my pre-pregnancy size. I have a friend whos son is turning 2 and she still hasnt lost the weight… I NEVER want to be like that. Im not shallow I just like to be healthy and fit and have my body reflect it! <3

  6. Avatar of pamelah93 pamelah93 says:

    i scared of gaining roo much weight

  7. I’m trying to keep an eye on what I eat/drink and try to limit sugars. I am worried that I will gain too much weight during my pregnancy and that I won’t have the time or energy after the baby is born to exercise as regularly as I do now.

  8. I am trying not to gain to much, but when I do go and try and lose the baby weight I plan on doing that in a moderate way.

  9. i have lost it in 5 months

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