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Lose the Baby Weight Success Stories

What does it really take to lose those pregnancy pounds? Real moms fess up about how long it takes, what works and what doesn't, and their best advice to help you slim down too.
Liliana Before & After Losing the Baby Weight Make Walking a Must

Liliana S., 32
Auburn, Alabama
Before Pregnancy:
108 lbs. Gained: 29 lbs. Total Lost: 25 lbs.
Time: 1 month

How I did it: I knew I shouldn't formally exercise for six weeks after having my son Sasha, but I couldn't just sit on the couch either. My doctor said easy walking was fine, so I got a fully reclining stroller, and from the time my baby was five days old, I just put him in and off we went, walking slowly as he mostly slept. I didn't feel like I was "working out," but then the weight started to fall off, and I figured it must have been from all the walking. After six weeks, I also started doing Pilates DVDs a few times a week, which helped my stomach muscles get stronger.

My diet tricks: I was breastfeeding and hungry all the time, so I made sure to eat healthy meals and snacks. Breakfast was always my biggest meal and dinner my smallest. We almost never ate out and I cooked a lot of soups, which filled me up and provided extra fluid for breastfeeding. My favorite snack was trail mix; I kept a big bag at my desk after I went back to work. I also loved cheese with whole-grain crackers and fresh fruit.

When I felt too tired: Some nights the baby would wake up every hour. Those following mornings, I just walked very slowly. I knew sitting inside wouldn't make me feel any better.

My best advice: Don't treat walking like something you have to do -- view it as a way to spend time with your baby, and you'll enjoy it a lot more.