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Just curious... I know pregnancy (and life in general) can add a few or more lbs. What weight loss methods/ diets/lifestyle changes have you found successful- both in losing the weight and keeping it off? Please include any supplements you may have taken and excersise plans. I am not trying to lose weight but I know some who are and I'm interested in the variety of answers a poll can get. Thanks.
 

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I don't mean to criticize, but "eating virtually no fat" really isn't all that healthy. We need a good amount of healthy fats- avocados, nuts, olive oil, flax seeds, fish, etc. I do think there's something to say about the posative benefits of avoiding unhealthy fats, and animal derived fats from meats and dairy.
For myself I used cardio and weight training to lose the pregnancy lbs, and keep at it to keep fat at bay and stay healthy. As well as 5 meals a day- all high in protein, whole grains as much as possible, lots of vegis, and a moderate amount of healthy fats... and plenty of water. I limit my sweets and fruit. I find that if I keep sweets to a minimal, my weight stays close to where I like it.
Other things I limit that seem to effect my body fat- bread and cheese.
I've seen so many friends do unhealthy diets- "the Atkins diet"(uper low carb, high animal protein), some 1000-1200 calory diets in conjunction w/ lots of exercise, 6 month juice fasts, raw foods, fat burner stimulants, etc.
 

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2 more good dietary methods/books-
The Body Type Diet (not the blood type )- can't remember the Drs name who wrote the book, but it's an interesting theory and the diets are healthy- and effective.
Also the Ayurvedic body type/dosha diet.
 

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I guess I wouldn't consider 15% virtually no fat.
I think 15-25% is a very healthy number. Also, each body is different, and has different needs. I was just emphasizing how fats are important and have many health benefits- for our brain and nerve functions, our immunity, longevity, skin, hair, nails, moods, hormones,etc.
I also eat a generally low fat diet, with a big focus on whole grains and vegis...but I try to get some "good" fat in every day.

I recently read a book that backs up this theory- it's about the Okinawa people (Okinawa is an island near Japan). The Okinawa are the healthiest, longest living people... there's been studies going on for them for quite some time... they seem to have the largest centurian population, as well as a very, very low incidence of disease. Their diet consists of a high percentage of whole grains and vegetables, with 2-4 servings of fruit per day, 2-4 servings of flavanoid foods (such as soy, flax, tea, legumes, cranberries, onions,applesauce), 2-4 servings calcium foods (broccoli, soy, dairy, spinach, kale), 1-3 servings omega-3 foods (flax, salmon, tuna, mackeral, nuts, olive oil, avocados), 1-2 Tbsp. vegetable oil daily, and optional- 0-7 servings weekly of poultry, meat, eggs and optional 1-3 servings weekly of sweets. It's definately not a fat-free diet, and I'm not sure if I'd call it low-fat, probably more like moderate fat... but it seems to work- they have an entire population to prove it!
 
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