Lose the Baby Weight! See How These Real Moms Did It

Bye-bye, postpartum pooch! These moms share the weight loss tips that helped them shed the baby weight for good. (Check out the dramatic before and after pictures!) (20 Photos)

Sally Farhat Kassab + Erika Rasmusson Janes on Jan 9, 2014 at 1:53PM

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Lose the Baby Weight! See How These Real Moms Did It

Caroline Deniakos

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Caroline Deniakos

Caroline Deniakos, 27

Shreveport, LA

Height: 5’7”

Pre-weight-loss weight: 236
Current weight:
130
Pounds lost:
106

How she did it: Weight Watchers

Her top tips:

Be a picky eater. The best weight loss advice I've ever received was from a personal trainer. I was going to a sub shop and he told me, “You can either get the chips or the cheese but you can't get both.” That was a light bulb moment for me. I had always gotten the cheese on my sandwich because the first three questions are: "bread, meat and cheese?" It never occurred to me to say "none." Now I always ask for dressing on the side, veggies instead of fries or to see nutrition information. It has saved me countless points and calories.

Eliminate temptation. I have a big sweet tooth and I used to bring foods into my house that I couldn't handle. I could wipe out a whole cake or tub of ice cream in one sitting, easily! One day I realized if I don't buy a cookie cake, I won't be able to eat an entire cookie cake. Now, when I want something sweet I go to the yogurt shop and get an individual serving. I have to get in the car with my 23-month-old daughter, drive 20 minutes, get out of the car, get her out of her car seat, go in, order and pay. I really have to want something sweet to go through all that trouble.

Anything is better than nothing. I don't run marathons. I've never even competed in a 5K, but I've lost 106 pounds by making small daily changes. I walk from store to store instead of driving, I park farther away, I take the stairs instead of the elevator and I make several small trips to bring in my groceries instead of carrying everything all at once. These small daily changes have added up to a huge lifestyle change for me.

Don't get HANGRY. Hangry is my term for when you're so hungry you are ANGRY! When I get hangry I make poor food decisions; that's when my car steers itself through a drive thru! Now I have healthy treats in my car and in my purse at all times. Low-fat tortillas, cheese sticks, fruits and veggies are always at my disposal. They don't always fill me up but they get me past the point of no return.

Reward yourself. If I had gotten on the scale my first week and said "I need to lose 100 pounds" I would've gotten overwhelmed and quit. Instead I set 5-pound goals. Every 5 pounds I lost I rewarded myself. I'd buy a new accessory for my house, a new pair of shoes or go on a date night with my husband. Those little treats kept me motivated.

 

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