Nearly every mother knows how difficult it is to lose those extra pounds of pregnancy weight. Suddenly charged with caring for a new human being, we are challenged when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Maybe it’s time to work smarter, not harder.
Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell – After Pregnancy bills itself as every woman’s guide to shaping up, slimming down, and staying sane after having a baby.
This book is part of a series, authored by Debra Waterhouse, which includes:
- Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell,
- Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell,
- Outsmarting the Mother-Daughter Food Trap, and
- Outsmarting Female Fatigue.
Debra Waterhouse is also the author of Why Women Need Chocolate and Like Mother Like Daughter: How Women are Influenced by their Mother’s Relationship with Food – and How to Break the Pattern. She is a Master of Public Health and a Registered Dietitian.
What is Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell – After Pregnancy About?
She calls them “pesky, persnickety, postpartum pounds” and explains to us that our (women’s) bodies are designed to hold onto a little fat after birthing. It’s biologically beneficial to our babies that we have a little surplus stored up … just in case. And here we are trying to throw it away! How dare we?
Waterhouse advocates for a slow, steady, and long-lasting weight loss effort.
Slow and steady? Is your baby heading to Kindergarten in the fall? Or worse? Whether it has been 5 weeks or 5 years after you had your baby, the book is helpful, as many of the same principles still apply. Once we become mothers, everything changes, including our metabolisms. We will not get back to our old bodies. We will instead discover and take care of our newer and better selves.
Waterhouse explains these changes, and teaches us new moms some “new rules” about eating and exercising. She advocates for not even thinking about dieting for the first few months, but instead, thinking about simply being healthy. Keep moving and eat good food.
Then, after the first few months, she recommends aerobic exercise and a food journal. This book is not a new diet, but a helpful guide that will help you to feel better about yourself on your way to your new you.
What Others Are Saying – Does Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell – After Pregnancy Deliver?
For K.P. Stapp, the first pregnancy caused her to gain weight that would not go away despite diet or exercise. While she was never overweight before getting pregnant, she now had to accept her new “overweight” reality that was going to last forever. But this book reversed her hopeless situation. It helped her understand how her body works postpartum. She says:
“Knowing what was going on in my body and why I was keeping on the baby fat really helped me discard the out of control feelings I was having and helped back on the track to fitness. I have been seeing changes and I credit it to the info in this book.”
New Mommy, a reviewer on Amazon, is very grateful for this book. She gains weight very easy and by dieting alone she has never been able to lose it. However, armed with confidence and knowledge after reading this book she was able to lose the 40lb-pregnancy weight in 3 months! She writes:
"With the explanation from this book about fat cells, and the self esteem I gained, I had a good recovery, no post partum depression or baby blues even though I was up 20 hours a day. I want every pregnant woman to read it before childbirth. It gets rid of a lot of myth, and will get you on the right path to losing weight in a healthy way."
How Much Weight Will I Lose?
For Julie this book was a life changer. The knowledge she gained from the valuable tips and information is something she couldn’t find anywhere else. The author’s advice and guidelines gave her exactly what she needed and
“…when I followed her suggestions, the pounds melted off so quickly that everyone around me was amazed” says Julie.
It did not take her more than 8 week to get her body back from pregnancy. She worked hard but the 25 pounds were long gone, and “I felt really great about my accomplishments”.
Stefan, like many moms, gained weight after each of her two pregnancies. Following the book, she was able to get rid of the 20-pound pregnancy fat. She shares:
“…this book isn’t about deprivation. It is about encouragement and manageable steps for a healthy lifestyle.”
Pros and Cons
- Waterhouse’s style and tone is soft and encouraging, and many new moms need to hear that type of voice.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to lose postpartum weight, this book will not point you in that direction. Quite the opposite. Waterhouse advocates for “slow and steady wins the weight loss race.”
Waterhouse recommends what she calls “retail therapy,” e.g. going shopping for new shoes and new clothes that fit, instead of trying to shrink back into your old ones. Many new moms cannot afford to follow this advice.
- Some women complain that Waterhouse does not take seriously enough the fact that many new moms suffer from postpartum depression.
Problems and Complaints
Waterhouse is a real writer, and a lot of the material in this book is meant to entertain, amuse, encourage and motivate. Some readers have found this extra verbiage to be “too much fluff,” without enough facts and figures.
Lin found that the book limited her goals and felt that it was telling her that she is hopeless and should throw away her old clothes. Lin even goes on to say:
“I hated this book! I found the author’s cutesy vocabulary and lightheartefd “oh well” attitude in response to quite possibly never getting my body back to be nothing less than infuriating. … I found that "Lose Your Mummy Tummy" was much more liberating, and will help me prepare for life and possible pregnancies down the road.”
Good for Breastfeeding and Perimenopausal Women
This book is useful for new mothers as well as perimenopausal women who deal with similar issues as postpartum moms. Is is also an excellent resource for breastfeeding moms.
It offers encouragement and dispels the myth that “nursing will melt the pounds right off you.” Instead, Waterhouse advocates for what is healthiest for both you, and your baby! What size pants you wear is no longer – or was it ever? – the most important thing. Read more reviews here.