Calorie Savers

Realistic advice to reduce your post-baby waistline.

A Pretty Plate

reduce your waistline

Kaysh Shinn

The notion of trimming extra calories from your daily diet in order to lose the baby weight may seem overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be so tough -- simple strategies can really make a difference without sacrificing flavor for health. Keep in mind that if you're breastfeeding it's especially important to eat enough nutrient-rich food, as nursing causes you to burn an extra 500 calories a day. But whether or not you're nursing, here's how to make sure all your calories count.

A Pretty Plate

We eat with our eyes, so the way you put food on a plate can increase your satisfaction. One great tip: cut your meat at an angle so that you have thin slices, which looks smaller than one thick piece. A 4-ounce portion of protein can make 10 slivers. Give them some great eye appeal by fanning the slices and placing them over whole grains, grilled veggies, or salad greens. By the way, when choosing grains, pick the most satisfying ones (read: high fiber), so you'll eat less and stay fuller longer. Some good choices are wild, brown, black, or red rice; barley; and quinoa.

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