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23 Ways to Lose the Baby Weight

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19. Wear a pedometer It can be gratifying to see how many steps you take in a day and that will help to keep you going. An inexpensive new model, the Micro Pedometer ($15), tracks your every move in steps, miles, or kilometers and also calculates calories burned. For more information, go to www.freestyleusa.com

20. Keep a food journal Recording your intake helps you tune in to your hunger and establish healthy eating habits. This proven method of weight reduction is particularly helpful in shedding baby weight, Waterhouse says. A study from the Center for Behavioral Research, in Chicago, found that women who kept food records lost 80 percent of their pregnancy weight during a six-month period, compared with 44 percent of those who didn't.

21. Invest in a good sports bra You'll need the support, and if you're comfortable when you work out, you'll be more likely to keep it up. If you're breastfeeding and exercising with your baby in tow, wear your sports bra over your nursing bra, suggests Bell: "If you need to feed the baby, lift up the sports bra, unhook the nursing bra, and voilĂ ."

22. Pop in an exercise video Postpartum workout tapes offer a safe start to exercise. Bell's fave: Denise Austin's Bounce Back After Baby. When you're ready for a new challenge, Neporent suggests Tamilee Webbs' I Want That Body Toning Series, which offer two 15-minute workouts per tape. Another good one to try: The Ten Minute Solution includes five different short workouts -- boot camp, pilates, ballet, kickboxing, and yoga.

23. Learn to love your body The truth is, you may never shed every pound you gained during pregnancy. The average woman holds on to two to five pregnancy pounds for years after birth. But many women come to accept their postpartum figure when they reflect on the miracle it has performed. "Making it through labor and delivery was enough for me to revel in my body's strength and power," says Waterhouse. Self-acceptance may not make you slimmer, but it can make the extra weight a little easier to bear.

Beth Howard, a writer based in North Carolina, lost her last pound of baby weight a year after the birth of her daughter.

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