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How do you lose weight after pregnancy?

My son is now two and I have been trying to lose weight since I have had my baby. During my pregnancy I gain around 65 pounds; my pre-pregnancy weight was 135. Right now I am 160 and still trying my best t get to at least 140 but it’s so hard. As for my tummy, while it’s not saggy, it’s not as firm as it was before I had my son. Are there any tips that I can follow as it relates to changing my excercise regimen (I do at least 3 times a week: 20 minutes on the stair climber, 20 minutes on the tredmill, and at least 30 miuntes weight training and abdominal work) and diet.
I also had a c-section

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20 Responses to “How do you lose weight after pregnancy?”

  1. yums said :

    read tips on weight loss and exercise programs on this site that will help you

  2. Blunt Honesty said :

    Breast feeding has been show to cause the loss of your ‘baby fat’.

  3. angelo26 said :

    You got a problem. Keep peddling.

  4. so lucky ♣ said :

    just take care of your son and stop worrying about yourself so much

  5. Betty said :

    Do lots of sit-up’s and get a good stroller. Go for walks in the mornings and afternoons. When the weather gets bad, you can walk at the mall… just leave your wallet at home so you wont be tempted ;0)

  6. andreea :] said :

    try to do little sessions once a day. maybe 15 minutes twice a day or 30 minutes every two days something like that depending how much free time you have. i suggest you try some cardio workouts & from your diet make sure you cut out trans fats / fast food & sweets & eat small portions.

  7. TheBoyWhoJustWontStopCalling said :

    Add determination and maybe up your speed and or time on the treadmill to 40minutes at a good pace.

  8. Dominica B said :

    Well your regimen sounds pretty good to me.I exercised while I was pregnant to maintain a healthy weight and afterwards it was very easy for me to lose the weight.Sorry I can’t be of much help, but good luck!

  9. cuteboymom said :

    Good luck with that, I am in the same boat, I am in 147 just 10 lbs away of my goal weight and my son is 2 1/2. This is what I did and it worked, I’ve kept my weight off (so far). I do a low carb diet for about 2-3 weeks and then switch to a low calories diet. I did this for 3 months together with a 45 min. walk everyday at lunch time and lost a lot of weight!!

  10. Ashley M said :

    It’s hard to say. Some people just have mommy bodies after giving birth. Although I lost all of the weight I gained with my son 4 years ago….close to 70 lbs…..I have what I call the baby pouch. I had a c-section so right around the area of the scar I have this little roll of fat. My doctor told me becasue they have to cut through the muscle and nerves to do a c-section, it will not matter how hard I work out, nothing short of a tummy tuck will make it go away, which at this point I have not done b/c we plan on having another child. good luck to you….I hope you find something that works

  11. mochanut_9 said :

    Have you tried Pilates or Yoga? While Pilates works wonders on strengthening and toning your core muscles, yoga tones and strengthens your muscles all over giving you that lean toned look that all of us want.

    Also, as far as diet goes, have you tried the weight watchers diet? You don’t even necessarily need to join them…you can just stop by one of their centers and pick up their points counting books. They have 2 of those, 1 for all food and 1 is an eating out guide with majority of the chains restaurants and fast food joints covered. You will be amazed at how detailed those books are and they will give you a great idea abt how many points you are eating right now vs how many you should be eating, etc.

  12. Shining Ray of Light said :

    Your diet probably has everything to do with why you’re not losing weight. Once you get used to intaking the amt. of food you do when pregnant, it’s hard to train your body back to thinking it doesn’t need all that extra anymore….try eating a good breakfast, the most important meal, literally, then a light lunch, and a sensible dinner. Your portions should all be as small as your fist, and eat slower (this will fill you up faster). Continue your regimen at the gym, this is great! But instead of 20 min of each cardio, move up to 25, then 30 need MORE cardio than weight training. Do 100 crunches (all different ways) a day. I promise, if you go by what I just said, you’ll start seeing results w/in a week, dramatic results in two…just stick with it and keep your head up. It sucks to be a woman sometimes, huh? lol

  13. mutter3 said :

    Bravo for sticking to your exercises!Take a hard look at your diet,enough fiber and veggies?Another thing that always helps me is to drink,drink drink (water) , 32ounces a day for every 55lbs you weigh;try it you will be surprised!Hope you can get rid of the weight!

  14. sandrica said :

    Food and drinks, it’s always that. Avoid anything white – bread, flour, sugar +alcohol. If you can afford it will be good to hire a personal trainer

  15. jayne s said :

    What part of your body are you trying to work on the most?If it’s your legs than I guess you are all set.Because the exercise you are doing isn’t all that great for the rest of your body.Sit ups are fantastic for abs.I have three kids-10,5,and 2.Before I had my 10yr old, I was 125.Now I am 118.I only do sit ups-25 in the morning and 25 at night.Sometimes I do 50 at a time.Also go for walks with your son and push his stroller.this really helped me(until he became too independent to sit in one!)

  16. the queen is here said :

    What a waste of points… you asked this three times!!!!

  17. itskind2bcruel said :

    maybe drink more water and green tea to help flush out any extra water weight. also, because you are doing weight training, you are probably building muscle which helps keep your metabolism revving. if you have maintained your current exercise schedule for some time now, start adding a day or two. your body might be at a peak concerning your exercise and you need to increase it. you should work out up to an hour a day 5 days a week. and try eating 3 moderate meals and 3 snacks a day to include plenty of fresh fruits, vegies, berries, soy products, lean proteins such as chicken, fish, ham, turkey, peanut butter, nuts, and whole wheat, whole grain, high fiber breads, pastas, cereals, oatmeal, crackers, potatoes(watch the condiments), and low/nonfat dairy products. to lose weight, you should be consuming between 1500-1700 calories and to maintain weight, you should consume between 2000-2200. be patient; it takes a lot of work to lose weight but it’s worth it.

  18. tl_browne said :

    you need to do 200 minutes of cardio a week. Remember fat does not turn into muscle, so you need to lose your fat while putting on muscle. The 45 minute thing is not true, but don’t over 60 minutes at a time.

    Do 5-10 minutes of cardio to warm up, then do your weight training. Do 30 to 60 minutes more of cardio, then go home.

    The best time to eat is just after your workout within an hour when your metabolism is raging. For your muscles, incorporate some isolated soy protein or whey protein. Whey is more potent but the soy tastes better!

    Don’t look at your scale as the be all and end all, but get a measuring tape to check your progress, and that will show more tangible results.

    Good luck and stick at it.

  19. pretty7 said :

    Try this simple plan it really worked for me so here goes,
    If you are serious about losing weight, the calories in the food you eat should be less than the energy you use. You will have to increase your metabolic rate now, and plan your diet carefully.
    Formulate your own weight loss plan and you will lose weight faster. More details available at

    Good luck

  20. Fat G said :

    Healthy weight loss tips

    * Take one pound at a time
    Don’t get overwhelmed by how much weight you need to lose. Try to remember that “losing 15 pounds in two weeks” is nothing to celebrate. It is important to realize that the more quickly weight is lost, the more likely the loss is coming from water and muscle, not fat.

    Since muscle tissue is critical in keeping our metabolism elevated, losing it actually leads to a decrease in the amount of calories we can each day without gaining weight.

    Fat loss is best achieved when weight is lost slowly. Strive for a weight loss of no more than 3-4 pounds per week. One pound of weight is equivalent to 3500 calories.

    * Set Reachable Goals
    For instance, if you know you need to get more exercise, begin with a manageable goal of, say, walking 10 minutes a day that you know you can achieve. Then build your self-esteem by achieving the small goals you set yourself.

    The same logic applies for losing weight.

    * Stay off the scales
    Don’t get discouraged when your progress seems to be slow according to your bathroom scales. They do not provide a true measure of what is going on with the body.

    If exercise levels are adequate (5-7 days a week), you may be putting on muscle but losing fat, thus losing inches even if you are not losing pounds. It’s always a good idea to do several body measurements to have a second objective way to monitor progress.

    * Stay focused on being healthy, not thin
    # Many people become more successful at long term weight loss when their motive changes from wanting to be thinner to wanting to be healthier. Change your mindset to think about selecting foods that will help your body’s health rather than worrying about foods that will affect your body’s weight. The Food Pyramid offers a basic outline of the types and amounts of food you should eat each day to give your body the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

    * Fat Free?
    We’ve known for some time that limiting high fat foods in the diet can be helpful with weight loss. That’s because fats pack in 9 calories per gram compared to only 4 calories per gram from proteins or carbohydrates. To many, the message to limit fats implied an endorsement to eat unlimited amounts of fat-free products. Just to clarify, fat-free foods have calories too. In some cases fat-free foods have as many calories as their fat laden counterparts. If you eat more calories than your body uses, you will gain weight. Eating less fat will help you to lose weight. Eating less fat and replacing it with excessive amounts of fat-free products will not.

    * Drink plenty of water
    Drink eight glasses a day. Water is a natural appetite-suppressant. Nettle tea is a great weight-loss tea as it supports metabolism and has diuretic properties.

    * Reward yourself
    # Each time you reach a goal, such as losing 5 pounds, reward yourself with a gift or a massage.

    * Seek help if you need it
    # A big key in long term weight control comes from receiving encouragement and support from others. Find a friend to lose weight with or you can check to see if groups such as Weight Watchers, or eDiets offer programs and resources in your area by clicking the links. You may also wish to check with your local hospital to see if their registered dietician conducts group weight loss programs.

    * Watch your portions
    With the advent of “supersize” meals and increasingly huge portions at restaurants, our concept of normal serving sizes is a distant memory. Be mindful of the amounts of food you consume at a sitting. When necessary, divide your food in half and ask for a take home bag. It is all too easy to be a “plate cleaner” even when served enormous portions. Learn to pay attention to your hunger level and stop eating when you feel comfortably full, not stuffed.

    * Eat your food slowly
    Did you ever notice that thin people take an awfully long time to eat their food? Eating slowly is one method that can help take off pounds. That’s because from the time you begin eating it takes the brain 20 minutes to start signaling feelings of fullness. Fast eaters often eat beyond their true level of fullness before the 20 minute signal has had a chance to set in. The amount of calories consumed before you begin to feel full can vary significantly depending on how quickly you eat. So slow down, take smaller bites and enjoy your food.


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