Monday, November 20, 2006
Medical Reports: Better Body After Baby
When they say having a baby changes everything, they mean everything. Not only does your life change, so does your figure. But, if you want to have a Better Body After Baby, it is possible without surgery. 7's Lynn Martinez shows us how in tonight's special assignment report.
WSVN -- Britney Spears did it, so did Angelina Jolie and Katie Holmes.
Celebrity moms seem to instantly lose their baby weight.
But if months later you feel like you're still carrying a bundle of joy, you're not alone.
Carline Sanz: "I gained about 45 pounds, and I only lost about 15."
Alexa Acosta: "I guess three babies take a toll on your body. It gets harder as you get older."
Busy moms Carline Sanz, Luz Alfonso, and Alexa Acosta feel they have a permanent reminder of their pregnancy.
All three are still carrying their postpartum pounds.
Carline Sanz: "Before my children, I was very slim, and I was able to wear a size 3/4, 5/6."
Alexa Acosta: "I need to lose 40 or 50 pounds. That will make me happy."
Luz Alfonso: "With the second one, I lost all the weight in a year, but with this one, my son, he just turned 2 in July, and it's taking longer."
So, for the last five weeks, we put each mom on a different weight loss routine.
Luz agreed to work out six days a week with help from a trainer.
Carline promised to eliminate snacks and squeeze in some exercise.
And Alexa planned to mix in a stroller fitness class with a commercial meal loss plan.
Alexa Acosta: "I am up for the challenge."
Lynn Martinez: "Even if you gave birth a few years ago, you can still be up for the challenge. To have a better body after baby, you need the right program and the right attitude."
Jennifer Nicole Lee: "I found myself struggling with my weight even before my pregnancies, during my pregnancies and after until I had my 'ah-ah' moment, and I got so frustrated."
Jennifer Nicole Lee is a model mom, but she didn't always look this way.
This was her before with two kids.
Now, check her out after as Ms. Bikini America.
Jennifer Nicole Lee: "I competed against women who were never pregnant, never breast feed, so it was really rewarding knowing that I could do it after being a mom."
Her secret -- a mix of diet and exercise with trainer Liz Caravia.
Liz Caravia: "You have to retrain your muscles. They're just completely, memory is gone when you have kids."
In fact, Liz is also helping Luz get into shape.
Liz Caravia: "Some people are going to get that six pack, but, as long as you feel strong in your center, you're going to feel more self-confident. It is amazing."
But you don't need a trainer to lose that baby fat.
The secret: eat right and exercise.
Dieticians suggest avoiding wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and red meat.
As for the best workouts, focus on the midsection.
Pilates is especially popular.
Plus, remember to mix in cardio for 30 minutes, even if it's cardio with the kids.
It's working for Alexa -- she has lost 20 pounds doing her stroller strides.
Alexa Acosta: "I want to make sure that I'm around when my kids are doing important things in their lives."
Carline was also doing great.
Carline Sanz: "In the first week and half I lost like seven pounds."
But like many of us, she's had some trouble sticking to her plan.
As for Luz, she's not losing weight as fast as she hoped.
Luz Alfonso: "So far, since I've been under the gun with you guys watching me, I've lost four pounds. Four pounds and three percent body fat."
Still, it's a great start to becoming a hot mama.
Also remember, losing weight doesn't mean starving yourself. Statistics show it's especially important to eat breakfast.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jennifer Nicole Lee Fitness
Memorial Regional Hospital Fitness And Rehabilitation Center
Pilates by Liz
Fitness 4 Families