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Anyone tried Slimfast whilst breastfeeding? Is it a big no-no?

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VengefulSquirrel Tue 21-Aug-07 11:56:27

Hi guys, am pretty desperate to shift some weight - I am 5'8 and weigh 13 stone exactly. Whatever I eat or don't eat, I stay at exactly 13 stone!!!! Is this a breastfeeding thing or am I a freak?? After ds I lost the stone and a half using slimfst, but was bottle feeding him. Has anyone tried it whilst bf? Obviously I don't want to jeopodise dd but surely if I did use Sf, my body would start to use up some (of the ample!) fat stores???? Any comments welcome. Thanks.

VengefulSquirrel Tue 21-Aug-07 11:57:07

Oh, forgot to say, dd is 5 months old and is on lunch and tea solids now. Cheers.

saffymum Tue 21-Aug-07 12:07:57

Personally I don't think this is a problem as she is on solids. You have done well to bF so far. You deserve a break now and this will probably help use up the reserves. Good luck.

VengefulSquirrel Tue 21-Aug-07 12:10:12

Thanks for replying! And for the encouragement. Like you say, I feel as if there has got to be something for me now (god that sounds selfish!) and really feel low about looking and feeling like a buxum fishwife!! Not sure how I will manage without eating loads though...

aloha Tue 21-Aug-07 12:11:11

It won't do your dd any harm if you lose weight. I know how you feel. I am the same height and stayed the same weight while breastfeeding. Isn't it frustrating when people talk about struggling to keep weight ON while breastfeeding? Some people - like you and me - have 'good' metabolisms, that adjust to extra demands. We'd always survive famines, but otherwise it's very annoying.
When I stopped breastfeeding I did go on a tough diet and lost a stone and a half quite quickly. I'm now totally static at around 11.7 and really want to lose one more stone, so have joined a gym (though exercise makes me so hungry!).
I am still glad I breastfed dd for two years though. And I could have dieted earlier, just didn't seem to have the willpower before I stopped, for some reason.

Pannacotta Tue 21-Aug-07 12:11:32

I dont think Slimfast is a healthy and nutritious way to lose weight, (IMHO anyway).
How about looking into the Food Doctor (ian Marber)? You can get his books cheaply on amazon. He is a proper nutritionist and I have lost weight when I follow his advice, which is to eat healthy food and snacks little and often and to cut down on carbs in the evening, theory being you dont need or use up the energy they provide at night. He has been on TV and writes in various mags and knows his stuff.

Pannacotta Tue 21-Aug-07 12:13:06

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speedymama Tue 21-Aug-07 12:21:35

Instead of Slimfast, why not have cereal (porridge or bran flakes) with skim milk for breakfast, a salad and fruit for lunch, and a meal where half the plate contains either salad or veg and the other half is split between protein and carbohydrate. If you get hungry between meals, drink water to check that you are not thirsty or eat more fruit. Also, make sure your portion sizes are not too big.

A month like this and the weight will drop off!

VengefulSquirrel Tue 21-Aug-07 12:26:41

Thank you so much for all your helpful comments, I agree totally that Sf is not the greatest diet around, all those e-numbers etc...your suggestions are very interesting, and Aloha I am very encouraged to know that I am not the only one with the metabolism of a beast of burden!

WanderingTrolley Tue 21-Aug-07 12:32:38

Many women don't/can't shift weight until they finish breastfeeding imo. I think eating as healthily as you can is a better plan than slimfast, whilst you're bfing.

lol at Aloha 'We'd always survive famines'

I would survive famine,pestilence and war on the fat reserves in my bum alone.

Pannacotta Tue 21-Aug-07 12:39:55

I found I really lost weight when breastfeeding at the 6-7 month mark when DS1 ate more solids and started to sleep more at night. Have heard that the more uninterrupted sleep you get the easier the weight loss but not sure if thats true (think broken sleep can interrupt your metabolism)
Have a look at for info on Food Doctor he really is very good and you WIll loes weight if you follow his advice. He did a thing on This Morning a while ago and the women all lost weight and looked and felt much healthier. Good luck

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