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A Tale of Two New Moms
Like all doctors, I love giving people good news. But I get really excited when I have great news to share: If you are pregnant, have just delivered, or are even contemplating pregnancy, the time after delivery is the best time ever for you to lose weight! This is true no matter what you weigh, how old you are, how many children you have, or what your weight loss track record is.
Just ask any of the more than 10,000 women who deliver babies each day in this country. Some have only gained 15 to 20 pounds with their pregnancies, others have gained 30 to 40 pounds or more. Some are in their teens, others are in their thirties, forties, and fifties. Some are first- or second-time moms, still others already have three, four, even five or more children.
Yet less than six months after delivery, more than half of these women will weigh the same as they did before they were pregnant.
Incredibly, most of them will be back to their original shape in less than 3 months some in as little as eight weeks!
Now for the real kicker. Each year 400,000 pregnant women in the United States (and millions worldwide) get the weight loss surprise of their lives: They actually lose so much weight after delivery that they weigh less than they did when they conceived! 400,000! This is not a typographical error. That's more than 1,000 women a day who defy the laws of conventional dieting by weighing less after birth than they did before they were pregnant. These new moms didn't only get their "old" bodies back, they got NEW, THINNER BODIES!
When interviewed, many of these womengrinned and used the same expressions again and again, "The weight just seemed to come off by itself;" "My extra body fat just melted away;" or, "I really didn't do anything, the weight just flowed off me."
Obviously, something remarkable is happening to a woman's body in the period following delivery that allows for such seemingly effortless, large-scale weight loss.
The premise of this book, then, is a simple one: If indeed the body of a woman who has just delivered has unique weight loss properties (it does!), we should be able to identify those special properties (we can!) and use them so that all women who have just delivered can become the weight loss successes that they should be (you will!).
Hello, Baby! Good-bye, Baby Fat! shows how any woman who has recently delivered can lose both the fat she accumulated during pregnancy and the fat that was on her body before pregnancy. This new concept of weighing less after delivery than before pregnancy comes on the heels of an explosion of knowledge regarding the hormonal changes that take place in a women's body after giving birth, during the time known as the postpartum. A large number of recent medical studies reveal exciting new information that can help level the weight loss playing field for all new mothers, just like you. Until now, things have been far from fair. While for many women the period following birth can be the "best of times," for others it can be the "worst of times." Each year, despite their best efforts at dieting, exercising and lifestyle changes, thousands of new moms not only have difficulty losing weight, they gain weight. And many of these women thin before their pregnancy "graduate" to obesity.
Why is there such a disparity in weight loss among new moms? After all, aren't the bodies of all women who have just delivered primed for weight loss? This medical paradox is best illustrated by the two women you are about to meet. Their names are Debbie and Beth, and I call their stories "A Tale of Two New Moms." They are about to give birth at any moment, so let's look in on them and see how they are doing.
t's 3:30 A.M. when Sean Jack enters the world at a hefty, healthy 8 pounds, 4 ounces, on the third floor of a community hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. The large beads of sweat that have gathered on his mother Debbie's forehead have now mixed with tears of joy streaming down her face. After a difficult seventeen hours of labor, all is well. At this moment, Debbie, a 36 year-old secretary, is not overly concerned with the 35 pounds she gained during pregnancy, though for several months now she has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of her child and the return of her waistline. Little does Debbie know that one of the first surprises of motherhood awaits her.
Over the next year Debbie will not only lose all the weight she gained while pregnant with Sean, but will go on to lose the extra 15 pounds she has been carrying around for the last five years. In the end, she will weigh 130 pounds, exactly what she weighed as a college freshman, more then eight years ago! How exciting it must be for her!
Just five minutes later in a birthing room across the hall, Beth, a 27-year-old computer consultant, gives birth to a daughter, Catherine. Because the bone structure of Beth's pelvis was narrow, a cesarean section was necessary. Although she is in some pain, Beth lovingly poses with her 7 pound, 2 ounce baby as Catherine's daddy snaps away with his new digital camera. Like Debbie, Beth's weight during pregnancy reached 180 pounds. Like Debbie, weight loss is the furthest thing from Beth's mind at this glorious moment. All seems well, but there is an unforeseeable problem awaiting Beth. She will have a completely different weight loss destiny than Debbie....