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33 yrs old want to lose weight

Hello I'm a mother of three and have had three c-sections. I want to lose the weight in my stomach. I'm currently weighing in at 172. I don't know where to start. What types of foods I should eat, what types of exercises I should do etc.. I've recently started drinking more water trying to eliminate pop. Any help would be great.  I want to have more energy and feel sexy again for myself and husband.  HELP!
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649848 tn?1534633700
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While I agree that adequate amounts of fat are necessary for a healthy diet, I feel that they, like most other foods need to be eaten in moderation.

Aiming for a low glycemic diet will probably serve you better... low glycemic foods are those that don't spike the blood sugar.  Eating foods that spike the blood sugar causes insulin levels to spike, as well and if those foods aren't used quickly for energy, they will be stored as fat.

Center your meals on veggies and high quality protein, adding whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruit.  

Calculate your daily calorie needs, then make sure you stay within that amount.  

Almost any kind of exercise works.  Even housework counts, as long as you do enough of it to keep your heart rate up.  Walking is excellent exercise.  You can start slow and work up, but you should aim for at least 30 min/day 3 days/week and try to work up to 60 min/day 5 days/week.  Adding in some strength training will help as well, since that will build muscle and muscle burns fat.
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New study published Sept. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows the low carb high fat diet excels for weight loss and heart health. The low fat diet saw more lean muscle lost than body fat.  Good tip: avoid low fat everything. :)

"People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows." - NY times - Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat

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"Low Carb Dieters Lost 3 Times More Weight

The results were stunning: The low-carb dieters lost about 12 pounds, while the low-fat dieters lost 4 pounds even though both groups consumed the same calories.

What's more, the low carbohydrate dieters lost more body fat and scored better than on a test that measured their chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke within the next 10 years. Physician Dr. Lydia Bazzano, the lead study author, was surprised that a low-carb, high-fat diet could prevent heart disease better than a low fat diet, which has long been prescribed for heart patients." - Examiner - Low carb ketogenic & Paleo-style diets best for weight loss: Keto starves cancer
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