Help me lose my baby weight

Weight loss after pregnancy can be slow - here's how to lose those excess inches.

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Help me lose my baby weight

It can be hard to shift those extra pounds you gained during pregnancy, but do not despair. It is not a good idea to think about losing weight before your six-week postnatal check.

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The key is a combination of healthy eating and exercise. If you are breastfeeding, you need extra calories to help produce milk so do not restrict your food intake.

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Help me lose my baby weight

Include at least five portions of fruit and veg in your daily diet, plus lean meat, poultry, low-fat dairy, fish and starchy foods such as pasta.

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Replace high-calorie foods with lower-calorie versions – switch from whole to skimmed milk, have sparkling water instead of cola, and salad or veg instead of chips.

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Aim to lose no more than 1 to 2lb a week. This adds up to 1 stone in three months – and you’re more likely to keep the weight off that you’ve shed slowly.

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Be guided by your appetite – eat when you feel hungry and stop when you are full.

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Eat regular meals, including breakfast, with healthy snacks to satisfy your appetite and keep up your energy levels.

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Avoid temptation – don’t shop for food when you’re hungry, and hide the biscuit tin!

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Regular exercise burns off extra calories, tones muscles and helps you feel good, too. Check with your GP first, then choose an activity you enjoy and which fits in with your life.

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A regular brisk walk with your baby or a swim are good options, as is a new mums’ exercise class.

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