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Need Info on losing weight the healthy way

Okay, so I have lost large amounts twice in my life. Once in High school, by really bad ways, and once after my first child, through some good and bad ways. Now we are done having babies, and I have a lot to lose. I start back to the gym next week (baby is 1 now) due to not having a license the past 6 months (no, nothing bad, there was a paperwork error!). Anyway, I have been eating whole/natural foods for 1 1/2 months now and started weighing myself 2 weeks ago. Well, last week, I had lost 5 pounds! I weigh in tomorrow, and I am wondering, if I keep my calories down as I have been, to 1500 or under/day since I am still nursing the baby, and exercise, will the weight continue to fall off? Will it continue to come off the healthy way: 1-2 pounds per week? I have never done it this way, the right way, and I need encouragement!

Sun. Jun 4, 5:09pm

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Yes, you are doing the right thing! Making healthy eating and exercise habits that work with your lifestyle is the best way to lose weight. 1-2 pounds per week is perfect. You may want it all off as soon as possible, but it's better to integrate and maintain healty habits and lose the weight slowly.

You may consider raising your calorie level to 1800 because you are nursing, but you can lower it as needed to continue losing weight after nursing.

Also, keep in mind that a mixture of weight training and aerobics is the best way to get in shape and maintain your weight loss. Weight training increases your metabolism and also reshapes your body. Aerobics/cardio help burn calories and strengthen your heart and lungs so you can chase your kids around!

Keep it up!


Sunday, June 04, 2006, 5:22 PM

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Since you are nursing, you might want to ask your doctor for advice. You want to be sure you are getting good nutrition for you and your baby. 1500 Calories sound very limited for a nursing mother. I think weight watchers has some program information for nursing mothers, that might be worth looking in to as a place to teach you good information. Good luck!

Monday, June 05, 2006, 6:39 AM

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My sister has a friend who lost a ton of weight on WW while nursing a baby - they had a specific program for nursing mommies.
And I agree, 1500 calories per day sounds a bit low. Is it possible to up your caloric intake by drinking skim milk?

Monday, June 05, 2006, 10:26 AM

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I am nursing, but she is about a year old now, and basically does it twice a day for comfort. I just started lowering the calories. She is my 3rd child, so I know about eating enough calories and everything. I am about to stop, too. I don't think it is using up 500 calories. I have been overdoing it on the calories anyway! I tend to binge on healthy foods at night. It evens intself out to more calories!

Monday, June 05, 2006, 11:09 AM

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I think you're doing the right thing. What groups are you in? There's one out there for mommies post-pregnancy. Check it out, and keep it up! :)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 10:32 AM

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