(HealthDay News) -- When you're ready to get back in shape after baby is born, remember that slow and steady is the healthy way to go.
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions:
- Give your body at least a month to recover from childbirth before you try to lose weight.
- Never skip meals. Focus on eating nutrient-rich, healthy foods -- rather than counting calories.
- Drink six to eight glasses of water per day, more if breast-feeding.
- Eat at least 4 1/2 cups of fruit and vegetables each day.
- Eat healthy, protein-packed snacks during the day.
- Slowly work your way back to a regular exercise routine, and avoid any fad diets that purport to make you lose weight quickly.
-- Diana Kohnle
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