Lose That Baby Weight For Good
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Lose That Baby Weight For Good

At last, your bundle of joy is here -- and so are the extra pounds. Test your smarts on post-pregnancy weight loss with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How much should a healthy, normal-weight woman gain during pregnancy?

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The correct answer is: According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 25 to 35 pounds is the sweet spot if you start the pregnancy at a normal weight. Overweight women should gain less (just 11 to 20 pounds) and obese women may even be advised to lose weight during the pregnancy.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your body continues to retain water well after you've had your baby.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While carrying your baby, your body retains more fluid. Once you've given birth, it can take a few weeks for your body to stop retaining water -- and for you to lose the weight and bloating that goes along with all that extra fluid.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

About how long should it take to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight after having a baby?

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The correct answer is: Remember that it took you nine months to gain the weight, and nine months is a realistic time frame for losing it, says Michael Roizen, MD.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What is the best way to lose post-baby weight?

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The correct answer is: Tackling post-pregnancy weight gain requires the one-two punch of healthy, light eating and activity. Sure, you can lose some weight just doing one or the other, but it'll take longer.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Breastfeeding your baby can speed up your weight loss.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When breastfeeding you supply your baby with about 500 to 800 calories every day, which comes from your own reserve. Just don't overcompensate by eating a lot more food than usual!

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How soon after giving birth can I exercise?

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The correct answer is: If you had a normal vaginal delivery with no complications, you can begin light exercise as soon as you feel ready, say the experts at Brigham and Women's Hospital. If you had a C-section, you'll want to wait until your 6-week checkup, or at least until your tummy is no longer tender. Either way, check with your doctor first.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Why is it important to do Kegel exercises after giving birth?

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The correct answer is: Doing Kegel exercises every day can help with all of these. Here's how to do them: Squeeze your pelvic muscles as if trying to stop the flow of urine. Hold for five seconds, release, then repeat five times. Work your way up to 10-second intervals.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the ideal type of exercise to begin your post-baby exercise program?

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The correct answer is: While you can eventually get back to whatever your favorite activities were before you got pregnant, you need to take it slow at first. Walking is the perfect low-impact, do-anywhere activity. Start slow, then pick up the pace as you start to feel stronger.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

By how much can you increase your calorie burn by pushing a stroller vs. walking without one?

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The correct answer is: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse found that pushing a stroller while walking at 3.5 mph upped their exercise intensity and calorie burn by about 20 percent over walking without the stroller at the same pace. So bring Junior along!

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True or false: Doing crunches as soon as you can after having a baby is a great way to regain muscle tone in your abs.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Being pregnant can do a real number on your abdominal muscles, so you need to take it easy at first. Start with simple moves like leg slides until you get stronger. It's especially important to avoid crunches and sit-ups if you have diastasis recti, a separation in your core muscles that can occur during childbirth.

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True or false: Getting up several times a night to tend to your newborn can make it harder to lose the baby weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. New research shows that when you don't get enough sleep (think 7 to 9 hours per night), your fat cells don't respond as well to insulin -- and that can lead to a host of problems, including type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help get rid of belly fat?

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The correct answer is: These three foods have a lot more going for them than flavor. Monounsaturated fats, whole grains and fiber-rich foods all help battle belly fat, says Dr. Oz.

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True or false: Cuddling with your baby can help you avoid weight gain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Spending quiet, easy time with your baby helps calm you down. That's important because when you're stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol that increases your appetite and can lead to weight gain.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Once you're feeling like yourself again, you'll want to burn some serious calories. Which of these activities should you choose?

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The correct answer is: While these are all excellent calorie blasters, you'll burn the most -- an around 850 calories per hour -- by lacing up those Rollerblades and going for a spin.

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About how many calories per day would you need to cut to lose a pound in a month?

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The correct answer is: Trimming just 100 calories a day can lead to a loss of a pound per month, says Dr. Oz. That's about the equivalent of leaving a slice of cheese off your sandwich -- simple!

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these muscle groups is most important to work out once you've fully recovered from giving birth?

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The correct answer is: After pregnancy you especially need to work all of your core muscles -- upper and lower abs, obliques (the side ab muscles), lower back and hips -- to get your body back into tip-top shape.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can flatten your belly by doing ab exercises like crunches and sit-ups.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While ab exercises strengthen your ab muscles, you need to do cardiovascular exercises (like running, walking and riding your bike) and watch what you eat in order to get rid of the layer of fat on top of the muscles.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Besides going faster, how can you burn more calories while walking?

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The correct answer is: All three of these walking tweaks will boost the burn. Listening to music while you exercise encourages you to walk longer and faster without realizing it, and both using poles and climbing hills require more energy than regular walking.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drastically cutting your calories will help you lose weight fast.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you eat too little, your body will go into starvation mode and start to hold onto calories -- the opposite of what you want to happen.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

What size waist should you strive for?

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The correct answer is: When you loop that measuring tape around your middle, it should ideally read less than one-half of your height, says Dr. Oz. That means 32 inches or less for a 5'4" woman, 35" or less for a 5'10" man.

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