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Is it possible to lose baby weight in a healthy way?

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  • #9439
    bagelpower
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    I totally agree with you, AnaMargarida! I just occasionally lose my resolve not to care about my weight anymore even though I’d much rather spend my energy on other things.

    Gazelle–Thank you for posting the info about diastasis recti. I’m pretty sure I fit the profile. I’m sure others who find this thread will be helped by that also.

    Rob–That is interesting about people freaking out at the eleventh hour. I have occasional freakouts, but now that I’ve been ETFing I don’t think I can ever go back to major food restrictions, especially now that I know it won’t work long-term.

    #9870
    jamiesue
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    I too have a 14 month old who is still nursing. I relatively easily lost the weight with my other 4 babies but I also did crazy things like anti candida diets, gluten free/dairy free, weight watchers at some point during the first year pp with each of the others. With this baby I had major stress during pregnancy, ballooned to 200lb then had a 10 1/2 lb baby (I’ve had 2 other 9+ lb babies). I dropped down to 162 which then started eat for heat and am hanging out around 185. I think my weight gain has stalled but I just started checking temps again and I’ve dropped down into 96/97 range after being consistently 98/99. I think I lost interest in food and inadvertently restricted calories (maybe a bit of paranoia about weight gain too).

    I hate not having clothes that fit. I may also have a slight DR (like maybe 1 finger width) but I don’t think they really consider that a concern. I just know I look pregnant but I’m not…actually I would look better if I was pregnant b’c my belly would be tighter and not so flabby.

    I think it is worth it to stay the course. My mental health has in general been so much better since I started eat for heat. I do find mental health goes down VERY quickly when I don’t get 9 hours of sleep. I hope someday I can tolerate a night out with friends or hubby without being evil mama the next day.

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    jamiesue
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    #9872
    jamiesue
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    oops I meant other 3 babies. I only have 4 total.

    #10954
    ErinElizabeth
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    It is possible to lose the weight healthfully, even for those of us who aren’t fully functioning yet (HOW though, beats me). My munchkin sucked off ALL the baby weight he put on me by my 6 week postpartum checkup. Then not another ounce. It was rather funny actually, like somewhere in there he said “I helped with what you put on for me but the rest of that is your business.”

    Three years later (little monkey is still nursing) I’ve gone through low-carb, GAPS, grain free, sugar free… (subclinical orthorexia in other words) put on another 30 lbs. Then in March I found 180 and added another 20.

    Extra unwanted weight aside I feel a million times better mentally, energywise, and physically. We decided we were ready for another monkey and conceived very quickly. I’m SUPER curious to find out how this pregnancy/delivery/postpartum period goes. I didn’t have a long rebuilding phase prior to conception but I’m trying to achieve a good balance of nutrient dense foods with my metabolism boosting foods so far I feel pretty darn good. I did tell my midwife I don’t wanna see my weigh ins though, at three months pregnant I’m about the size I was at 7 months last time around, numbers won’t make it better. >.<

    I have friends who haven’t dealt with food issues who lost the baby weight without ever thinking about it, I’m suspicious that the *not thinking about it* is the key to the whole thing. For those of us carrying more than we’d like, good luck with that, but yes, it can be done.

    #10963
    MrsBMoo
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    I can raise my hand and say you can lose weight while breastfeeding. When I conceived my fifth child, I was 60 pounds overweight. I gained no weight during pregnancy, my Dr was fine as long as I didn’t starve myself, so I count that as a 25 pound loss, then lost another 25 in the next year. I didn’t restrict in the sense of only 1200 calories a day or such but did consciously think about what I was eating and ate less calorie dense foods. This is one case where drinking a ton is vital, if you are giving the baby nearly a quart of fluid, it has to come from somewhere. I did start taking strolls but not exercising heavily. I nursed that child for almost four years and have kept the weight off for 6 years this month. Yes, I developed some ED issues much later, but had none when I was losing the weight. One thing you have to remember about body temps is that it is normal for a woman’s basal temp to be 1-2 degrees lower at the beginning of her cycle and go up after ovulation with the jolt of progesterone you get then. (One of those things you learn in fertility awareness) Since you may not be ovulating, a temp of 97 may not show a metabolism problem, just where your hormones are.

    #11019
    ed
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    EDIT: I just posted all this and realised the thread is about baby weight, oops!

    Yes it is possible and I have done it, after years of trying all kind of diets I feel I am finally healthy, I feel great and am maintaining a low ish bodyfat (12%). Some background: 29 years old, male, into bodybuilding. I have been lifting weights in the pursuit of a more attractive body and for health purposes since a young age, however as I got older, probably around 24 I started experimenting with different diets which ultimately lead me down the path of poor health due to a number of reasons including low carb, high protein, high fat and wrong types of fat. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I feel I have found or am very close to the perfect diet for feeling good and also being lean. I am 5 ft 10 inches and weigh 80 kg, at the moment I am eating around 2500 kcals per day comprised of 380g carbs, 130g protein, 60g fat. I used to eat high (100-130g) of fat with much lower carbs (150g) and found it much harder to loose weight not to mention feeling like death all the time! Keeping carbs high has made such a huge difference to my health, I will never do low carb again. Keeping fat low is the key in keeping lean, for me anyway. Here is my day to day diet if anyone is interested, this has been tweaked and tweaked over years to produce what I feel and function the best on. I add lots of salt to these meals.

    Breakfast:
    150g rice
    125g grass fed beef mince
    2 organic eggs

    Lunch
    550g potato
    100g chicken breast
    20g cashews
    Salad

    Dinner
    150g rice
    125g grass fed beef mince
    2 organic eggs
    Carrot
    Salsa

    • This reply was modified 9 years, 6 months ago by ed.
    #11021
    godschild
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    Ed- I’ve herd that boys typically do well high carb, but that girls need to eat more fats (still high carb, but less than males). Idk. Do you think that girls would get leaner on less fats too?

    #11022
    ed
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    I don’t see why it would be different, all you can do it try. I used to be scared of carbs and used to think they would make me fat, but they really don’t. I workout with weights 3 times a week and go for 40 minute walks 4 times a week, I don’t feel good on much less than 350g carbs a day. If you have a different body composition to me and weigh less then of you would need an appropriate amount of carbs for you. Of the 3 macro nutrients (carbs, protein and fat), fats are the easiest to store as bodyfat by the body. To store carbs as fat is a very inefficient process (called de novo lipogenesis) whereby the carbs must be converted to fat first.

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