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The Healthy Way to Shed Baby Weight

Avoid these 7 new-mom food traps for quick and effective weight loss.

Issue: You Don't Eat Enough      New-mom solution: Now is not the time to cut too many calories—or entire food groups—in hopes of speeding up weight loss. “A drastic calorie reduction won’t allow for getting enough nutrients,” says Lakatos-Shames.

“This can result in fatigue (as if you need more of that!), greater susceptibility to colds and flu, as well as cosmetic effects, like hair loss and dull skin.” Most nursing moms need 2,000 to 2,300 calories total per day—and no fewer than 1,800. If you’re not breastfeeding, aim for 1,200 to 1,500 high-quality calories a day.

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Author Bio: 

Debbie Koenig is the author of Parents Need to Eat Too (William Morrow Paperbacks). She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and son.

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