Your struggle with weight originates from an ineffective approach to dieting. You seem to have been encouraged to try weight loss methods that were not right for you, and this resulted in unsatisfactory results or even a yo-yo effect. In short, your dieting strategy failed you.
Your Eating Habits
More likely than not, your previous diets did not involve a strong and supportive online community, which was always there for you and supported you along the way. Further, many popular diets allow only certain items and discourage eating many other ones. In our experience, such exclusive diets are not an appropriate long-term solution. Not only do they often result in cravings and are hard to follow through, but their health aspects are questionable as well.
The secret to dieting is actually quite simple -- eat less than you burn. This does, of course, require a little bit of discipline and strong will, but you'll be pleasantly surprised how flexible calorie counting is compared to other diets. It does not feature any forbidden foods, and the calorie allowance can be significantly increased with exercise. Last but not least, calorie counting is supported and recommended by the majority of health care professionals.
We are excited to hear that you recently gave birth, and regardless if this is your first time or not, we would like to assist you in those exciting moments that are ahead of you. Most women cannot wait to lose weight after the birth. Luckily, if you are breastfeeding, the weight will come off much easier than at any other time in your life. Breastfeeding uses even more calories than pregnancy itself -- around 500 calories per day, as opposed to 300 during pregnancy. And even if you are not breastfeeding, your new baby will keep you active and help you return to your normal weight.
Now that you have a baby, preparing three meals a day can be a luxury, and your new lifestyle is more likely to involve grabbing some food between sessions of feeding and playing with your infant. Even though eating smaller meals throughout the day is optimal for keeping your metabolism working at its best, it is quite easy to overeat and fail to lose weight. This makes the management of portion sizes very important, which can be done with the help of food journals. To find out how many calories you should be eating, try our Burn Meter.