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How I Lost the Baby Weight Without Exercising

I've always been into working out. But that went down the tubes after giving birth to my two children. Rather than hitting the gym, the extent of my workouts involved lifting and chasing after my little ones. So when people ask me how I lost the baby weight, they are baffled when I tell them it had nothing to do with cardio or pumping iron.

My former basketball coach used to say that the key to maintaining a healthy weight is what you eat. I didn't quite understand it then as I do now.

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Back in high school, I'd devour three slices of pizza and a large soda without having to worry about tipping the scale. If I eat two scoops of ice cream these days, I immediately feel fat accumulating around my waist, hips and thighs.

Moreover, the camera doesn't lie. My job is to deliver the weather forecast in front of a green screen, which means there's nowhere to hide. My inbox would get flooded with viewer questions about whether or not I'm expecting again at the slightest belly bulge.

There was a point when I tried exercising before returning from maternity leave. I noticed some improvement, but my body couldn't let go of the last 20 pounds of baby weight. So, I put a new plan into motion to shed the extra weight.

1. Learn about my body's likes and dislikes

Everyone's body reacts differently to certain foods. Some people won't see a difference on the scale after eating ice cream. But anything more than a scoop guarantees me an additional three pounds the next day. On the flip side, my body reacts well to fish rather than chicken and beef.

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2. No eating after 6 p.m.

My work schedule gets pretty intense, leaving me little time to eat during the day. I decided to put the kibosh on late-night snacking and immediately saw the difference.

3. Less snacking during the day

Rather than eat small meals or snacks throughout the day, I eat foods that will fill me up like oatmeal and salads.

4. Breastfeeding

I nursed my daughter until she was 2 years old and plan to do the same with my son, who will celebrate his second birthday in July. Who knew you can burn so many calories breastfeeding?

5. Don't stress

I know it's easier said than done, but it's true. Whenever I get stressed out, I notice a tire beginning to form around my waistline. If I feel myself getting to that point, I take a day off or two to rest up.

6. Read labels

I avoid food containing ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and a lot of saturated fat, which can lead to packing on more pounds.

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7. Portion control

Using a smaller plate and eliminating multiple trips to the buffet keeps me eating within my limits.

Following these steps has helped me much more than spending hours exercising. Since losing the baby weight, I've been able to fit into clothing from my high school and college years. Not only do I look good, I feel good too. It's also a great way to get my entire family eating healthy.

What challenges did you experience when trying to lose the baby weight?

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