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Time to start counting calories

Friday, July 19, 2013

And my fight against food continues (haha). I am nursing my 10 week old and boy am I hungry!! I have been working out A LOT. But nothing is happening, I now realize I need to start counting calories. Going to start keeping better track of what I am eating, hopefully this helps!!! Wish me luck.
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    Sometimes your body needs more good healthy food and you are doing a special job of taking care of your sweet child.
    1699 days ago
    best of luck!

    emoticon on the baby!

    1734 days ago
    emoticon on your new emoticon emoticon
    1740 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Counting calories is not the only way to moderate your eating. Eat real meals with plenty of quality food, less manufactured intensely sweet or salty foods, and cut down on random eating, even the good stuff. If you aren't constantly popping this and that in your mouth, you don't have to count it. If you carry extra weight, and your full (not very low fat) meals are not enough calories for daily needs, your body will draw on it for the baby's needs (first) and yours. That's how women lose weight after pregnancy, especially if they're nursing. It's not harmful as long as they're not trying to eat the least they can. But getting hungry and satisfying that hunger at routine meals without stuffing yourself is natural, once you reestablish it.
    1740 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/19/2013 1:46:04 PM
    Seconds what other folks have said about not being too concerned about counting calories while you are still nursing. Most breastfeeding moms need anywhere from 200 to 700 additional calories a day just to provide adequate nutrition for their babies. My mother, in an effort to lose her baby weight, almost malnourished me because she just wasn't taking in enough calories to adequately provide for both my needs and hers. And I actually believe that this time of not getting adequate nutrition when I was a baby might have set up my struggle with overeating and not knowing when I'm full as an adult. No proof, of course, but it makes me wonder.

    By all means, you should examine your diet and see where you could be making healthier choices. But before making any calorie cuts, I would encourage you to talk to your doctor, a nutritionist and/or a lactation consultant about the advisability of calorie restriction while nursing. You will have time to make cuts after your baby has finished nursing. For now, make sure you are giving both of you the best nutrition possible!

    Congrats on the new little one and good luck with your goals!
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    1740 days ago
  • EG8383
    Good luck!
    1740 days ago
    Best of luck. It can be a lengthy process but worthwhile.
    1740 days ago
    are you nursing ? if you are then you can not count calories . you need to eat to feed that baby. I understand the wanting to get back into shape . take time to rest and get back in shape slowly .
    1740 days ago
    hun your not alone. I am still nursing my 6 month old and I cannot seem to stop eating EVERYTHING! And the scale isn't moving much for me either. But it is moving. I am not counting calories but instead trying to add more nutrious foods into my diet. Such as for breakfast I have 3 egg whites 1 to 2 cups of spinach or broccoli with a slice of cheese and about 2 cups of melon. It's very filling and holds me at least till lunch. I still have my bad days filled with chocolate. But keep making positive changes! So when you do stop nursing your baby and can not feel like your on a feeding frenzy all day (that's how I feel from personal experience) it'll be easy to drop the weight or so I'm hoping :)
    1740 days ago
    Just a thought... If you're nursing a baby, I would not bother counting calories, I'd pay attention to WHAT I'm eating - lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts... If you are hungry, I'd say EAT - clean healthy foods, that is. Your body may well need the food to perform that wonderful job of nursing.
    What you eat, your child 'eats' as well - make sure they're good quality foods! If you do, chances are you will be healthy and well.
    Counting calories can be done later, once your baby no longer depends on what YOU eat... I see that you're a member of the Eat to Live team - maybe now is a good time to re-read that book?
    Don't fight food - enjoy it! :)
    1740 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/19/2013 9:20:25 AM
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