Most women gain significant weight during pregnancy. The key is to lose it as soon as possible after giving birth. If you delay losing the weight, you will reset your natural body set point (comfortable weight) to a higher level. If your set point sets to a higher level, you will have a much harder time losing weight. Some women never lose their post-pregnancy weight, and instead gain weight with each pregnancy until they are 40 to 60 pounds overweight.
It is important to follow the diets outlined below whether you are breast feeding or not. Dr. Sass urges all mothers to breast feed for at least 3 months; if you can do it longer, even better!
Breast Feeding Moms Program
When breast feeding, you must eat at least 1800 calories a day for healthy milk production while you will lose weight. Take a good multivitamin with folic acid and 2000mg of fish oil per day.
Eat 6 cookies (or the equivalent) a day, every 2-3 hours, when hungry.
Plus eat the following additional foods each day:
|Breakfast||4 ounces of protein|
|Lunch||8 ounces of protein|
|Dinner||8 ounces of protein with up to 5 servings of vegetables|
|Anytime||2 servings of fruit per day (1/2 cup apple, berries, oranges, etc.)|
|Calcium||2000mg per day – check with your physician for supplement choices|
Moms No Longer Breast Feeding Program
Moms that have finished breast feeding or those choosing to bottle-feed, may follow the regular Smart for Life program. Take a good multivitamin and 2000mg of fish oil per day.
Eat 6 cookies (or the equivalent) a day, every 2-3 hours, when hungry. Drink at least 8 ounces of water with each cookie.
|Dinner||10-12 ounces of lean protein with up to 5 servings of vegetables|
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