Lose That Baby Fat - Easy Tips For Weight Loss
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• Do not skip meals. Even if you are on the go, make sure to eat nutrient-rich foods every three to four hours. Pack fruit, yogurt, and low-fat trail mixes made with whole-wheat pretzels, almonds and dried fruit. Having healthy snacks with you at all times also comes in handy as your baby grows into a hungry toddler.
• Manage the nighttime nibbles. It is tempting to enjoy an indulgent treat after the kids are asleep … and that is okay (within reason). Just make sure you’re not sabotaging all of your good efforts. Try eating a bowl of chocolate-flavored cereal with non-fat milk or melt a couple of small squares of dark chocolate on a graham cracker. If salty and crunchy is what you are craving, dip some whole grain crackers in hummus and have a piece of crispy fresh fruit.
• Avoid eating your kid’s leftovers. Abandon the need to clean everyone’s plate. This is easy to do when your baby is only having milk or pureed baby food, but it gets more challenging over time. Pack up leftovers for later, so when your child asks for something to eat in 30 minutes, you’ll have something to give him.
• Eat foods that help you lose weight. Every day eat at least five servings of fruits and veggies, three servings of low-fat dairy, one-half cup of beans, one ounce of nuts, and use spices instead of salt in your cooking. Including these foods daily can help take the pounds off.
MONICA BEARDEN, RD, and SHARA AARON, MS, RD, are the authors of the new book, The Baby Fat Diet: A busy mom’s guide to losing weight and looking fabulous (Penguin). For more tips on eating healthy and feeding your family, visit their blog at www.babyfatdiet.com.