by Virginia

I had a baby six months ago and I'm still trying to get rid of my belly fat. I have a few other kids and I was never this fat for this long! I can't do any crazy diets because I need my energy and I don't have time for a tremendous amount of exercise. Help! I REALLY want to lose at least some of my weight!


Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

I think it's great that you want to stay away from crazy diets. Diets don't work and not only take away your energy, but in most cases actually make you gain weight. And don't worry about "exercise", with a newborn and other kids, you are getting your body moving which is what you should be focusing on. The point of it is to get your body moving. Walking is a great way to do this. And, research shows that when you shift the focus from appearance to one of stress reduction or to feel healthier, women experience improved body image and body satisfaction. Use these tips: Get active in daily living. Park further, use the stairs * Be comfortable. * Include stretching and strength training. * Make it FUN! Think dance party or backyard obstacle course with your kids. As far as food is concerned, think variety, balance and simplicity. Your plate should be ½ vegetables, ¼ carbohydrate/starch and ¼ protein. It should be colorful and have different textures and flavors. Also, be sure to eating every 4 hours. If you get too hungry, you will be less likely to be able to regulate your fullness cues and overeat. Snacks are a great place to add some fruit to your diet. An example would be an apple with some walnuts or a string cheese. Make sure to work your "favorite" foods into your day. Restricting or labeling food as "bad", makes your brain (and body) crave it more. By allowing all foods, you will be satisfied with a small amount.


Wow! Thank you so much! That was such a helpful, well balanced answer! Really appreciate it!!! I'll try to implement your tips and I hope to see good results!

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