Issue: You Forget to Eat New-mom solution: Waiting to eat until you’re ravenous means you’ll likely overdo it. “Set an alarm to go off every four hours during the day, so you don’t wind up running on empty,” says Tammy Lakatos-Shames, R.D., co-author of The Secret to Skinny. Why four hours? You may not be hungry three hours after a full meal, but waiting five is pushing it. If it’s not mealtime when the alarm goes off, Lakatos-Shames recommends eating a 200-calorie snack that includes carbohydrates and protein.
“Carbs provide energy to the brain and muscles, while protein helps you feel satisfied.” She suggests half of a whole-wheat pita pocket stuffed with 3 ounces of chunk light tuna plus lettuce and tomato, or an apple and celery sticks with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.