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Meal plans to help you lose the baby weight

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Bye bye baby blubber

Whether you've just had a baby or your kids are already teenagers, many moms struggle to lose their baby weight. Between juggling motherhood, your career and family time, we understand that your weight loss can often get knocked a few pegs down on the priority totem pole. So, we've devised an easy-as-pie meal plan to help you shed the extra pounds while still maintaining the energy to take care of your little ones.


Choose one of the following each day; if you are a nursing mom increase the amount of snacks you eat so you are losing no more than two pounds per week:

  • 5 to 8 whole grain crackers
  • 20 shelled pistachios or 6 almonds
  • 8 dried apricot halves
  • 1 granola bar
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese


Chose one of the following each day:

  • 1/2 cup light ice cream
  • 4 graham cracker squares
  • 8 animal crackers
  • 2 small sandwich cookies
  • 10 vanilla wafer cookies

More weight loss tips

Remember, if you are a nursing mom, you need to keep your calorie intake up to ensure your milk supply. You need one quarter more calories than you were consuming pre-pregnancy. You should not lose more than two pounds a week as a nursing mom. Check with your doctor before starting any weight loss program.


Note: This meal plan is based on an approximate 1,500-calorie diet. Every woman is different, therefore you should adjust this plan as you see fit. If you are losing too quickly, add a few snacks or pieces of fruit; if you are not losing, cut back a bit each day, starting with the grains.

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