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Weight Loss Study Results

The women in the diet and exercise group lost an average of about 5 kilograms (about 10 pounds) by the end of 10 weeks. The women in the control group lost an average of .8 kilograms (about 2 pounds). In contrast to the diet-and-exercise group, which lost weight at about the same rate, the control group varied in their weight loss. In fact, a few of the women lost nearly 10 pounds, while a few others gained that amount.

The women in the diet-and-exercise group reported that they seemed to be producing enough milk. Also, they reported that their infants were not crying any more than normal. (Infant fussiness is a possible indication of insufficient milk production.) Similarly, the women did not report feeling tired. In fact, most said that the exercise sessions seemed to give them more energy. The infants of the women in the diet and exercise group grew at a normal rate, as compared both to the infants of the women in the control group, as well as to those in larger studies of infant growth.

Weight Loss Study Conclusion
A weight loss program of moderate exercise and energy restriction was successful in inducing weight loss in overweight, lactating mothers without harming the growth of their infants in the early postpartum period. The study builds upon the findings of an earlier study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on February 17, 1994. This study found that breast-feeding mothers could not lose weight if they began an exercise program without also cutting the amount of calories they consumed.

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