I am trying to get back into shape. After 5 babies, my metabolism is in the gutter. I am almost 3 mo post partum and am using a weight loss tracker that helps me track calories eaten and burned. I am doing cardio kickboxing, yoga, or pilaties once a day, I rotate per day, plus taking my little ones for a walk... kinda they ride their bikes and I keep up with the stroller in the morning. I have been intaking aprox 800 calories more then the tracker says to because it doesn't account for breastfeeding. Am I doing this right? As far as eating, I'm eating just healthy meals.. no fad diests... lots of fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, and whole grains.
should I add in the calories in my diet or back off on the exercising, or since I do pump as well, just gauge by my milk supply?
Answer by mickstinator at 1:23 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by tiredmomfor2 at 1:24 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by Jademom07 at 1:24 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by MommyH2 at 1:25 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
If you want to lose weight, don't eat the extra 800 calories. As long as your eating nutritious foods while breastfeeding, you don't need those extra calories. depending on your size, i would eat around 2000 calories a day. Minus he average 500 calories you use for breastfeeding, that leaves you with about 1500 your body is using to survive. I would stick to 2000 calories a day.
I made the mistake of overeating when i breastfed & i never lost any weight from breastfeeding like my friends did. I over ate because i thought it was necessary for milk production, I found out that i was wrong, that i did not need to eat extra calories. As long as you are eating very healthy, & drinking LOTS of water, you should lose weight. But, i think the 800 extra calories is a but much, I did that too & ended up gaining weight when breastfeeding.
Answer by samurai_chica at 1:29 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
If you are just breastfeeding (no pumping) on demand, eating a healthy diet (no need to count calories), and exercising then there is no reason to add extra calories for breastfeeding. That's part of why breastfeeding mothers lose more weight, because breastfeeding uses calories. If you add calories for breastfeeding it defeats the purpose. I don't know why you are pumping so I don't know if that is an issue.
We now know that exercise is not a good way to loose weight. It may get you fit but it can make you gain weight. It can make you gain muscle mass. It makes you hungry and you can end up eating more (not realizing it) than the calories burned. The DASH diet was first designed for hypertension but they have found it is a good diet for everything.
Answer by Gailll at 1:34 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by Jademom07 at 1:35 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by LucasMama08 at 3:44 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by LauraMi261 at 4:10 PM on Jun. 28, 2010