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3/5/13 12:24 A

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I always add 500 calories to my calorie range and go from there. I make sure to always eat carbohydrates with a protein. I also make sure I'm eating something every few hours with 4 hrs max between me eating. With baby #1 I wasn't mentally ready to start exercising until she was 3 months old and with baby #2 I didn't start until she was 5 months old. When I did start exercising again I only walked while carrying baby in a carrier or while pushing the stroller for 30-60 minutes a day 2-3 times per week. Remember it took 9 months to put on the weight and it will take at least 9 months for you to lose the weight. Breastfeeding will help you to lose the weight.

As for you being constantly hungry I suggest you either eat more or exercise less by either taking another day off per week or by making your workouts LESS intense. The most important thing for you right now is to feed your baby, NOT to lose weight. Focus on feeding your baby and the weight will come off as mother nature intended it too. Good luck and keep up the great work!

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2/24/13 11:28 P

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Hi,
I haven't reached 4 months yet. Currently I just have 1-2 of those kinds of days per week. Although your extremely hungry are you loosing 1/2-1 lb per week? If so, maybe need the extra calories. It sounds like you are doing an amazing job with working out and making good food choices. Two thoughts: 1. Try redistributing your total protein/fat/carb ratio and go ahead and get more of your calories from healthy fats like avocados, nuts & olive oil. Fats & proteins tend to be more satiating. I know I have to be a little careful with too much fiber now that I am breastfeeding....Baby has, umm has more dirty diapers & toots a lot more if I have as many veggies as I'd often like to. 2. Could the amount of exercise you are doing be contributing to the hunger? Would 30 min of cardio 4 days per week create more of a happy medium? Best wishes as you tweak things a bit. Way to go on four months of breast feeding!!!

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2/22/13 10:11 P

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Add LOTS of free foods. Pretty much all non starch veggies digest to zero calories or less. It's near impossible to "gain" weight with non starch veggies. As almost all veggies are less then 30 calories a cup and at least 2 gms of fiber (your body does not digest 4 calories for each gram of fiber, so let's say in green beans there is 20 calories and 2 gms of fiber, subtract 8 calories, and you only have 12 calories left per a cup. You must eat 3,500 calories to gain a pound, that's a LOT of green beans! Most people wouldn't be able to eat that many-291.5 cups! Almost 300 cups! Most non starchy veggies have pretty close to the same digestable calorie count. So load up on the non starchy veggies. Personally I find brothy soups (again broth is barely any calories) with loads of non starchy veggies to be pretty satisfying. Start each meal with a big old bowl of brothy veggie soup. Add lots of veggie sides to your meal. (I usually do about 1/2 veggies on my plate, 1/4 protein, 1/4 starch). Add low calorie proteins as well. For breakfast I find large eggwhite "omlettes" to help. I say that in quotes cause mine do not contain cheese, but lots of eggwhites (they are only 15 calories per a white, and 7 gms of protein!) and lots of non starchy veggies-onion, mushrooms, spinach, etc etc.

Make sure you are getting lots of fiber in your carb selections too. Don't choose low fiber starches. Choose whole grains. Quinoa over white pasta or white rice, and such as that will also help a lot. Beans, it's a good protein/starch, high fiber, low fat, and very filling. Add them to your veggie soup and it is really really filling! But do count the calories in the beans. About a half cup is a serving size. BUT, if you had a half cup of most beans with a lot of veggies and broth you would really get filled up, especially if used as the appetizer of your meal, or as a snack.

Edited by: MAGNOLIAHONEY at: 2/22/2013 (22:13)

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C-MERRIE11's Photo C-MERRIE11 Posts: 748
2/22/13 1:57 P

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hi! thank you for the help! I do cardio dance 4xs a week for 60 minutes plus some ST a couple times a week, burning at least 1600 each week through exercise... I set my intake to between 1700-2200. I drink at least 10oz of water every day. I also take a prenatal vitamin every day.... I just set the spark program to loose about .75/wk, then added 500 cals to the upper end...

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2/22/13 1:49 P

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I hear you! I'm the same way! My daughter is 8 months and I'm starving all the time. I think it's gotten better since 4 months though. Are you eating enough? Are you doing any exercise?
What is your typical intake each day? Are you drinking enough water? How much???

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2/22/13 1:16 P

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Hey! Im an EBF mama to a 4 mo old... since my baby has turned 4 months I have felt RAVENOUS. My cal range allows for quite a lot of calories but even still I have a really hard time staying in that range, even while drinking a lot and eating lots of fruits, veggies and protein.. How do you all manage to keep your calories in check while breastfeeding?? I just feel so hungry most of the time! Thanks for the help :)

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