Steal Your Kid's Healthiest Habits

Listen to your stomach.

Toddlers have a lot to teach us about healthy eating habits (shocking, we know). That's because they eat only when they're hungry and push their food away when they've had enough -- an approach that can help you get rid of those lingering pregnancy pounds. Pay close attention to your stomach at mealtime and put down your fork when you feel full, even if you haven't eaten everything on your plate. Another toddler habit to consider stealing: eating several small meals a day rather than three large ones. "It takes 20 minutes for your body to register fullness, so if you're really hungry and eating those three meals quickly, you may overeat," says Ari Brown, MD, Parents advisor and author of Toddler 411. "You're less likely to binge when you're on a mini-meal schedule."

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