The Week In Books, No. 32

After reading Crystal’s review of Hello, Baby Good-bye, Baby Fat, I checked it out for myself. After all, who wouldn’t want to lose MORE than their baby weight, hm? The book claims to present a plan that allows you to weigh less than before you got pregnant. It turns out the plan is your standard “eat less, exercise, get enough sleep” type thing, but the book does also give some interesting information about how your hormones work differently in the 6-9 month post-partum period. As it turns out, according to Sheldon Levine, MD, trying to go on a major diet or a high protein diet or an exercise binge can actually sabotage your weight loss efforts after having a baby, even if those methods might have worked for you before you were pregnant. I thought it was weird that the book is mostly geared for women who aren’t breastfeeding, but I guess it’s harder in the long run to lose weight without breastfeeding for some people. There was also some information that was flat out wrong, like the assertion that all fat is fat so you may as well eat margarine etc. While technically true from a caloric standpoint, as you probably know there are many health benefits to making sure the fat you do eat is good fat.

Anyway, I thought it was a good reminder that I should be making sure to eat healthily and not mindlessly, and that I don’t need to be down on myself if I take a walk instead of doing aerobics. The fact is, I did have a net loss of weight between pregnancies, even without this book, and according to my records of my weight and inches after Hannah was born, I’m following the same track now. So I was glad for the extra encouragement, and, as usual, I decided to take the good and leave the weird about Hello, Baby Good-bye, Baby Fat.

Also Completed:
Job, Mark, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude

Currently Reading:
Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Luke, Revelation
“The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Much Depends on Dinner” by Margaret Visser

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