How to Use a Postpartum Weight Loss Calculator

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Once you've had a baby, you quickly realize that your life will never be the same. After all, experiencing the gift of life is truly one of nature's miracles. However, it may also become quickly apparent that your figure is no longer the same either. Fortunately, it doesn't necessarily take a miracle to lose the postpartum weight. It will take some effort, though. Learning how to use a postpartum weight loss calculator is one way to get started in the right direction.

Things You'll Need

  • Postpartum weight loss calculator

Use a Postpartum Weight Loss Calculator

  • Use an online postpartum weight loss calculator, such as the one located on the "Baby Center" website (see Resources below).

  • Enter your height, weight, age, your activity level and whether or not you are breastfeeding into the option fields. Then press the 'Calculate' button to get the results.

  • Note the number of recommended daily calories that you should intake that appears in your results. The postpartum weight loss calculator takes certain variables into account that you may have entered, such as the extra energy needed to provide adequate breast milk or how much activity you typically experience in a day.

  • Observe the recommended rate of weight loss provided in the results of the postpartum weight loss calculator as well. For instance, your individual results may suggest losing no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.

  • Consult with your obstetrician or a nutritionist about your postpartum weight loss calculator results. Professional guidance can be very beneficial to developing an effective plan to lose excess pounds without compromising the health of yourself or your baby.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a daily journal of the foods you eat and the physical activities you engage in. This can help your obstetrician, nutritionist or dietitian determine what changes need to be made to help you lose the postpartum weight.
  • Don't try to lose too much weight too quickly, particularly if you are breastfeeding. Sudden weight loss causes naturally occurring toxins in the body to shift from being stored in fatty tissue to your bloodstream and could find their way into breast milk.
  • Don't let fast food undermine your efforts to lose postpartum weight. Believe it or not, the "healthy" salad selections at some fast food restaurants can contain as much or even more fat and calories than the burgers they serve.

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