It took Reese Witherspoon eight weeks; Uma Thurman did it in six weeks; and Heidi Klum hit the Victoria's Secret runway only five weeks after delivering her fourth child. So, losing weight after a pregnancy is easy, right?
Well, maybe ... if you have several trainers, a personal chef and unlimited resources. For most of you, it may be a tad more challenging. And it's reasonable to take up to a year.
It is important, however, to lose the weight within 12 months after delivery. If you don't, you can develop what's called a cardiometabolic profile (elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance, lower good HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides). That increases your risk for prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and memory problems.
The best way to avoid getting stuck with post-partum weight gain: Avoid putting on excess weight during your pregnancy. But no matter how much you gain, here's a great meal plan.
Start your day with a post-pregnancy smoothie with fruit, grains and seeds; it delivers omega-3, calcium, magnesium, protein and fiber - and tastes great.
Eat every four hours. Snack on apples, yogurt popsicles, whole-grain cereal, walnuts and almonds.
Reduce your portions. Serve your meal on a salad, not a dinner, plate. And dish up 1/3 protein, 1/3 100 percent whole grain and 1/3 veggie/fruit.
For more helpful suggestions (and a great smoothie recipe) go to www.doctoroz.com and search for "lose the baby weight."
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.