Monday, March 22, 2010

Ellen Pompeo Slims Down After Baby

Source: AOL Health (Summary by NIM)

Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo looks better than ever, and you'd never know she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Stella, only 6 months ago!

Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey on the hit TV show says she gained 26 lbs during her pregnancy and is currently 10 lbs heavier than her highest weight, but she feels happier and healthier then before. Pompeo says she was never concerned about her weight, but others used to think she was too thin, so she was happy to go up a pants size to ensure the health of her baby.

In order to maintain good health post-pregnancy, Pompeo devotes one day a week to preparing and storing her lunch ingredients for the week so that they're easily accessible and lunches are quick to put together. She hard-boils her eggs, parboils her beets and chops and slices all her veggies and other ingredients so that all she has to do is throw on some chick peas or goat cheese and she's good to go any day of the week.

It's important to note that moms should never restrict calories post-pregnancy, in fact the body requires even more calories after delivering the baby than during the actual pregnancy! That's right - milk production and breast feeding burns anywhere from 200-500 calories per day, or about a pound per week, so moms naturally slim down in no time (Breastfeeding is actually the best way to get your body back into its pre-pregnancy state).

Dieting or restricting calories can result in a decrease in milk production or quality by missing key nutrients, negatively impacting the baby's growth and development. The baby's nutrition should come first above all, so it's important to consume enough energy and all the right nutrients, including protein for tissue healing and recovery, fats for fetal brain development and vitamins and minerals in order to maintain both baby and mom's health.

Find out more about Pompeo's post-baby experience by reading the article called "
Ellen Pompeo's Post-Pregnancy Diet" from AOL Health (Mar. 19, 2010)