Does anyone know how many calories a nursing mother is supposed to have per day and still lose weight?

I created a fitday account, to attempt to see what my eating is like. I am going to talk to my sisters girlfriend tonight, to see if she would want to use the workout facilities here with me.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I pretty much have 100lbs to lose. I gained a LOT of weight being with Matt. So I basically need to lose a whole person.

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Barb
posted on March 14th 2003 at 5:49PM CDT

Hi Hun, Small changes work best first. Instead of counting calories which makes your focus ON food try a few things first…

Drink 64 oz of water daily—that’s 8 – 8oz glasses. Make sure to always drink a full 8 oz before a meal, it will fill you quicker.

Eat your carbs early in the day. Stay away from them at dinner time.

Start a workout at least 3 x a week doing 30 minutes of cardio (stairmaster, rapid walking, stationary bike). Don’t increase time until you are comfortable at this pace .. then do so gradually.

Take multi vitamins.

Don’t eat after 6:00 .. nothing, not even a grape haha!

Jill
posted on March 14th 2003 at 6:49PM CDT

Tha comment about water made me remember so many water “rumors” I gathered in high school… for example:

Water before a meal weakens your stomach acids, therefore making you digest too slowly, ergo you gain weight.

Water during a meal fills you quicker, and makes any grease in your meal “float” so it’s digested last, therefore making you lose weight.

These last two are taken from my mother’s favorite doctors, and my family swears by them.

Unless you eat only dry foods, you get part of your daily water intake IN your food, and you don’t need to drink as much water. Also, other beverages contain water, and count toward your daily intake – even if there’s caffeine in it. For example, a can of pepsi has enough caffeine to deplete you of perhaps two tablespoons of water – much less than the water content of that can.

Finally, you *can* drink too much water. If you do so, you’re flushing vitamins and minerals right out of your body before they’re of any use to you.

Leo
posted on March 16th 2003 at 2:19PM CDT

Also, to add onto Crystals comment about water…

You can also die from drinking too much water; it creates an imbalance of electrolytes in your body, which CAN kill you. It’s happened to a few people.

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