Dr. Oz writes about Body After Baby: "Jackie Keller delivers a wise plan for new mothers to recapture their chi – the life energy. Her good food and exercise regimen make perfect sense."
Body After Baby (368 pages) is authored by Jackie Keller, the founder of NutriFit. She is a nutrition and health coach to the stars; her celebrity clients have included Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, and Susan Sarandon, all of whom met their weight loss goals with Keller’s help. She's also a mom.
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How Does Body After Baby Work?
According to Jackie Keller, women can by nature get rid of the weight they pregnance weight within the 30 days following childbirth. So, in Body After Baby, she offers a 30-day, doctor approved weight loss plan.
For the first ten days, Keller instructs you to cook quick and easy meals with a few healthy ingredients. She asks you to stretch once a day. That’s it.
For the next ten days, she gives you a new meal plan, one that is rich with what she calls “Super Fuel Foods.” Each day, she teaches you a new gentle movement to get your blood moving.
And finally, in the last ten days, she encourages you to fuel yourself with nature’s best energy foods and she helps you to create a movement plan that works each major muscle group in your body.
This book includes over a hundred recipes, meal plans, menus, and grocery lists.
What Others Are Saying – Does Body After Baby Deliver?
Amy is a new mom who started Jackie’s 30-Plan immediately after she came from the hospital. It made it very easy for her to lose the baby weight and start feeling great. Amy explains: “With no effort – and all the while enjoying great food – I was able to shed those extra baby pounds in no time.”
How Much Weight Will I Lose?
J. Davidson, who wanted to get back in shape, started the Body After Baby plan two months after she had her baby. She not only lost her baby fat, she also felt more bonded to her baby. “I had my energy back and my body!”, says Davidson.
For D. Niemand, losing the last 15 lbs after her pregnancy has been tough, despite her diet efforts. After being on the Body After Baby plan for a few days, she already feels much energized and she heartily recommends it. “Today is my 6th day on the diet, and I’ve already lost 4 pounds”, says Niemand.
Pros and Cons
- Body After Baby is a fast and easy read, which is good for a new mom!
- It offers a few alternative plans.
- Keller offers exercises that you can do with your baby.
- Keller encourages making good health a family matter.
- The recipes in the book are family-friendly.
- There is an emphasis on solid nutrition to help produce healthy breast milk.
- Keller offers foods to help stave off postpartum depression.
Some readers found the recipes to be time consuming and difficult for a new mom. It took M. Werner more than 3 hours a the grocery store (with her baby) in order to find all the food items needed for the plan.
The recipes include ingredients that are not on the shopping lists.
The grocery lists are extensive, and expensive.
Some of the ingredients are difficult to find unless you have access to a large, well-stocked grocery store. For some ingredients, shoppers had to go to a health food store.
If you go back to work within the 30 days of the plan, you will find it difficult to follow the meal plan, unless in your workplace you have access to a blender and a stove (and maybe a patient boss) at work.
- This book is really geared toward women who don’t have much postpartum weight to lose. Many women gain upwards of 50 pounds during pregnancy. It is unwise to think that anyone can lose 50 pounds fast.
Problems and Complaints
The overwhelmingly number one complaint about this diet, and this book, is that it takes an exorbitant amount of time. Hours of grocery shopping. Hours of cooking. Most new moms can barely keep up with showering themselves, breast feeding, changing and bathing baby. Say nothing of the frequent trips back to the pediatrician and the obstetrician.
The time that you would need to successfully follow this diet is unrealistic for most new moms. Maybe it worked so well for the celebrities because they could afford some hired help.
What About C-Sectioned Moms?
Another problem of this book is that it doesn’t address the needs of C-Section moms. Thirty percent of the babies in the US are currently being delivered via C-Section.
If you’ve had a C-Section, you are not about to be able to do all that this diet demands of you in those first 30 days. You can hardly get out of bed for the first week – a C-Section is a major operation! You’re certainly not going to be rolling around on the floor with baby during week two.
Should I Buy the Body After Baby Plan?
It certainly doesn’t hurt to try. The money that this book costs is not a major investment when it comes to the health of you and your baby. You can purchase it at a discount on Amazon for only a few dollars. Just don’t beat yourself up if you are not able to keep up with the diet’s demands.
If you have help in the house, e.g. a mother-in-law who can’t wait to shop for you and cook for you, and you can afford the grocery lists, then go for it! If you don’t have these things, it’s okay to take more than 30 days to lose your baby weight. Read more reviews here.