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Is it safe to diet and lose weight while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to diet and lose weight while breastfeeding?

Absolutely: Usually when breastfeeding, you need 300-500 calories extra per day which is not much. You are absolutely encouraged to exercise and be on a healthy, wholesome diet to help with some fat loss to get to your pre-pregnancy weight. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Is it safe to lose weight through healthy eating and light exercise while pregnant?

Is it safe to lose weight through healthy eating and light exercise while pregnant?

No: While you may not need to gain weight with your pregnancy depending on your prepregnancy weight, it is not safe to diet. However, a healthy diet and exercise. Are import a nt. ...Read more

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Is it harder to lose weight while breastfeeding?

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Is it harder to lose weight while breastfeeding?

No: On the contrary, nonlactating moms often find it difficult to lose weight. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to be on low calorie diet while breastfeeding?

Is it advisable to be on low calorie diet while breastfeeding?

No: Breastfeeding requires many nutrients & burns a lot of calories. In order to produce an adequate supply of milk the body needs a good supply of nutrients & energy. Instead of counting calories new moms should focus on consuming a balanced diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meats. An extra 500 calories/day over typical requirements is recommended during breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Garcinia Cambogia while breastfeeding? Is this a safe way to lose weight?

Is it safe to take Garcinia Cambogia while breastfeeding? Is this a safe way to lose weight?

Garcinia Cambogia: This is from WebMD: "In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration warned everyone to stop using a weight-loss product that contained garcinia cambogia because some people taking it got serious liver problems. The product had other ingredients, too, so it's not clear that garcinia cambogia was to blame. While some research suggests the supplement is safe for your liver, other research says no." ...Read more

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Is it ok to diet while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to diet while breastfeeding?

No: You should be eating a very well rounded, well balanced healthy diet for your health and your baby. ...Read more

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Which is the healthiest way to lose weight safely while breastfeeding? I know breastfeeding helps but that's not enough. How many x a day should I eat

Which is the healthiest way to lose weight safely while breastfeeding? I know breastfeeding helps but that's not enough. How many x a day should I eat

Weight drops if...: "Dieting" is not needed, as long as the breastfeeding woman eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her normal (pre-pregnant) weight. For example, if she was 120 pounds before pregnancy and is now 145 pounds, she should eat just enough for a 120 lb woman. Her 25 lb excess will be gradually used up in the production of breastmilk (25 ounces of breastmilk contains about 500 calories). ...Read more

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Is it safe to lose weight during pregnancy?

Is it safe to lose weight during pregnancy?

Yes: Focus on nutrition instead of the scale. Are you eating a healthy diet and exercising daily? If so, the weight gain or loss is less important. Your baby appreciates your healthy lifestyle.You should not specifically diet or calorie restrict during pregnancy. You only need about 300 calories more per day during the third trimester of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is plexus slim weight loss stuff safe to try while breastfeeding?

Is plexus slim weight loss stuff safe to try while breastfeeding?

Plexus Slim: It is not recommended. Some of the ingredients may cause decrease in breast milk production. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to stop breastfeeding in order to lose weight effectively?

Is it recommended to stop breastfeeding in order to lose weight effectively?

The opposite: Women who breast feed their babies lose weight faster than those who don't. You can safely adopt an exercise program while nursing, and your diet should be clean and healthy already. It is not advisable to use weight loss supplements or severely restricting diets while breast feeding. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's ok to drink weight loss protein shake's while breastfeeding?

No: I am not convinced that it is ever safe to take these things.Certainly there is no safety data or proof that they work at all.Be careful! ...Read more

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Is it safe to exercise everyday with weight lifting?

Is it safe to exercise everyday with weight lifting?

Remember : Like for any form of exercise, it's good to have a day off here and there. While you could lift everyday, you would need to avoiding lifting the same muscle groups too frequently during the week as this will otherwise set you up for over training syndrome and injuries. ...Read more

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Is it okay to lose weight during pregnancy/not gain weight if you're not limiting nutrition but instead walking off the excess calories?

Is it okay to lose weight during pregnancy/not gain weight if you're not limiting nutrition but instead walking off the excess calories?

Healthy always ok: Often pregnant women start focusing on nutrition and exercise in ways they were not doing before getting pregnant. One must look at the big picture. If a patient who was not living a healthy lifestyle before starts living healthy during pregnancy this is a good thing. We can not just look at the scale and make a judgment. ...Read more

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How safe is it to take weight loss pills?

How safe is it to take weight loss pills?

Probably not: Weight loss pills do not work. At best they might help a very short-term weight loss, but are full of potential annoying, dangerous, or life-threatening side effects interactions. There've never been proven to help sustain weight loss and i recommend avoiding them. ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose weight while pregnant?

Is it possible to lose weight while pregnant?

Although it may be: Possible - that doesn't mean that is advisable. This is not the right time to plan a weight loss program. ...Read more

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How much weight is safe to lose per week when breastfeeding?

Up to two pounds/wk: You are feeding any where from 500-1000 calories a day to the infant, that equates to a high of 2 pounds a week. ...Read more

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Is it ok to lose weight without reducing my calorie intake?

Is it ok to lose weight without reducing my calorie intake?

Yes: Yes. If your calories burned exceed calories taken in - that can allow for weight loss. ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more