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I often eat a lot of fats. I look two months pregnant. How do I get my figure back?

From Ask the Exercise Specialist
Along with proper nutrition, exercise can help you achieve your goal of flattening your stomach and getting back into shape. The three components of a balanced exercise program include cardiovascular (walking, running, biking or aerobics), strength training (free weights or machines), and flexibility or stretching exercises. These should all be included in your routine to achieve optimum results. The cardiovascular exercise helps you lose fat, the strengthening exercises help you tone the muscle under the fat and the flexibility reduces the chance of injury.

From Ask the Dietitian
For a healthy diet, consume plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat meats and dairy products. You do need some fat in your diet, so make it the heart-healthy kind, using olive oils and nuts; and stay away from fried foods and high-saturated fat foods such as bacon, cream cheese and sour cream. Eat at least three meals a day. Some suggest even six small meals, not going any more than four to five hours without a meal or snack. Some snack ideas could be a piece of fruit or fat-free yogurt. Consume lean cuts of meat, skinless chicken, fish and ground round. Cut back on empty calories — sweets, soda, snack cakes and chips. Instead, eat pretzels, baked chips and drink water.

See a registered dietitian to help you make a plan that fits your lifestyle and can help you work on making changes in habits and behaviors. Exercise helps; walking is the best form of exercise. Think of it not so much as getting your figure back, but doing the most you can to help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases that can be a result of an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle.

If you are a BJC employee, see if there is a Weight Watchers program at your facility. Nutrition counseling services are available at several BJC facilities including:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

If you live outside the BJC HealthCare service area, you can find a nearby registered dietitian at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

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