Hello, Baby! Good-Bye, Baby Fat!

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9780688157500: Hello, Baby! Good-Bye, Baby Fat!

Each year 400,000 pregnant women in the United States get the weight loss surprise of their lives: They lose so much weight after delivery that they weigh less than they did before they were pregnant. "The weight just seemed to come off by itself," they say.

Want to know their secret? It's in this book--and in your "new mom" body. Contrary to popular belief, losing weight after childbirth is easier than at any other time--if you understand your body's unique postpartum chemistry. For the first time, weight loss expert Sheldon Levine, M.D., reveals the "three trimesters of weight loss" that occur after delivery, and how to lose weight at each stage, no matter how much you weighed before pregnancy:

Birth to Three Months Postpartum: The best time to lose weight! The plummeting hormones and elevated metabolism of new motherhood naturally speed the process. Just follow Dr. Levine's simple dietary advice to help ward off the "baby blues" and boost energy, and your body will do the rest.

Three to Six Months Postpartum: The key weight loss phase for overweight new moms: You can actually lower your set point--the weight your body "likes" best.

Six to Nine Months Postpartum: Good news for overweight nursing moms: Their unique body chemistry allows weight loss to continue, offering a real chance of attaining (and maintaining) a healthy weight.

Dr. Levine's simple fourteen-day menu plan is nutritionally sound for new and nursing moms. It increases energy, minimizes food cravings and mood swings, and includes recipes and lifestyle tips. His toning program takes only minutes a day. Both enhance the new mother's physical and emotional well-being.

So forget sit-ups! Forget diets! Dr. Levine's new approach works with your body chemistry to make weight loss after childbirth easy, fast--and forever.

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"The time after delivery is the best time ever for you to lose weight!" writes Sheldon Levine, M.D., in Hello, Baby! Good-bye, Baby Fat! Not only can you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy, you can return to a body that is trimmer than before, says Levine. Your body undergoes metabolic and hormonal changes that allow you to lose weight effortlessly, he claims, as long as you know how to work with your body rather than against it. He divides the "biological window of weight loss opportunity" into three phases: "the three postpartum trimesters of weight loss." The book takes a few too many chapters to get to what you want to know--how to harness the body's ability to lose weight after pregnancy--but it finally gets there. In the first postpartum trimester, your metabolic rate is burning high and your appetite is suppressed, making it easy to lose weight. However, postpartum depression can interfere, and Levine explains how you can combat mild cases by raising serotonin levels with dietary changes and more severe cases with medication. Likewise, Levine shows you how to use diet and easy toning exercises to accelerate the weight-loss potential of the other postpartum trimesters. The book includes 14 days of menus and a dozen recipes, plus tips for avoiding excessive weight gain during pregnancy. --Joan Price

About the Author:

Sheldon Levine, M.D., a longtime weight loss specialist, has a private practice and is on staff at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his medical degree from the University of Bologna in Italy in 1982, completed his residency at Mr. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, and did his fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. He has been featured on Today, Larry King Live, CNN, and many other national shows. He lives with his family in New Jersey.

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