Lori Pratt with Weight Watchers came into our studios to talk about weight loss post-pregnancy.
Here are some tips:
Find the healthy, filling food choices that work for you (not just anything that can be thrown together while the baby is napping) and work in little indulgences every day so you don't feel deprived.
· Make Ahead: One strategy is to make meals ahead of time so that you aren't waiting until you're starving then grabbing whatever you can find. I'm a big fan of slow-cooker meals or a big pot of soup—the prep is minimal and you can even freeze the rest for another day.
· Keep It Simple: Look for healthy, filling options that can be prepared in 5 minutes or less. Weight Watchers has some great recipes – I'm a huge fan of the chutney chicken sandwich or Greek-style baked potatoes. All recipes can be found on weightwatchers.com
· Make Room for Indulgences: Cookies aren't just for kids and just because you're losing weight doesn't mean you can't have them, too. In fact, no foods are off limits on Weight Watchers. Jessica Simpson is actually a huge fan of the Weight Watchers oatmeal raisin-bites. They are loaded with fiber and pack a big granola taste.
Take some time to engage in comforting activities
· It's so important for moms to take care of themselves while taking care of baby so when you can, make some special time for you by taking a warm bath, getting some fresh air, calling your best friend or reading your favorite magazine.
· Weight Watchers has just launched MomFeeds, a new digital magazine available for free exclusively on Flipboard.
· MomFeeds takes the work out of finding the best and most relevant content online and delivers it in bite-sizes portions that can be read one-handed with the Flipboard app.
· The content is also updated many times each day so there is always something new to check out
PROP: iPad or smartphone with MomFeeds digital magazine cover
Seek out support
· Being at home all day with a baby can sometimes feel isolating, so find ways to connect with others on a regular basis.
· Join a new moms group, check out a Weight Watchers meeting, or join an online community to share your story and swap tips with other moms who are facing the same challenges that you are.
· As a mom who found support at Weight Watchers after having my kids, I can tell you that Weight Watchers understands the difficulties new moms face and any type of help goes a long way. The support and tools gave me what I needed to get healthy without putting my life on hold.
· This is a very special time and it's about feeling good and enjoying all those special moments with a new baby.
We also showed you delicious oatmeal raisin cookies.
The recipe is below:
Preheat oven to 350ºF
In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars until incorporated. Add egg and vanilla; mix thoroughly. Add oat mixture and mix until just combined; fold in raisins.
Drop rounded teaspoons of batter onto 2 ungreased cookie sheets, about 1-inch apart each. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 to 12 minutes for crispy cookies. Remove from oven and let cookies rest on cookie sheets for about 2 minutes; remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving.