Rebecca Romijn’s Surprising Weight Loss After Giving Birth
One of the challenges facing moms after giving birth is getting rid of the excess weight gained during pregnancy. Everybody loses weight at a different pace, and for women who had to have c-sections, there is the other issue of waiting for the incision to heal properly before embarking on a weight loss regimen.
Actress and former model Rebecca Romijn seems to be one of the lucky ones where losing baby weight is concerned. According to reports online, she lost a whopping 60 pounds in just four months. Even more surprising, she claims to have done this mostly through breastfeeding.
She was quoted on the TV show Extra, “I haven’t been able to work out that much because I have twins. It’s impossible to get back into a regular schedule. Breastfeeding is the very best diet I’ve been on. It’s amazing. It’s like you have to eat 5,000 extra calories a day or you can’t produce enough food for them. So, that’s been fun as well.” The most obvious question here is, will this work for most women?
There is conflicting information out there about breastfeeding as a legitimate weight loss tool. It is reasonable to assume however that breastfeeding does not work as well for all women. In fact, according to WebMD, while it is advantageous for both mom and baby, it does not help the mom to lose the weight faster. The study looked at the weight loss of 326 new moms. Most moms who breastfeed would disagree with this, myself included. Breastfeeding can help with weight loss if the mom eats sensibly and breastfeeds exclusively or almost exclusively.
One breastfeeding website claims that breastfeeding can burn over 600 calories per day if it is done exclusively. The study was published in the Journal of American Dietician Association. It was appropriately titled Breastfeeding reduces maternal lower body fat.
So who do you believe? It is hard to say, but since breastfeeding has so many proven benefits for the baby, think of any potential weight loss as an added bonus. Post pregnancy weight loss can be a touchy subject for some women, especially if they don’t seem to be losing the pounds as fast as other moms seem to.
We may not all lose the weight as fast as Rebecca Romijn, but when you have a healthy baby to think about such considerations can seem pretty mundane. The most important thing is to stick to a sensible diet, and get some exercise when you are able to. At any rate, when they hit the terrible twos, you are bound to shed a few pounds running after them.