5 Minutes for Books — The Baby Fat Diet

by Jennifer Donovan

If you think that The Baby Fat Diet is only for new moms, think again. I mean — honestly — how many of you moms of preschoolers or grade schoolers are still carrying extra baby weight? Or maybe you’ve even gained weight as your children are growing up, due to eating the young-child’s diet of PB & J and chicken nuggets, either along with them or by mindlessly noshing on their leftovers?

I like to read about nutrition, and theoretically I like to put the principles into practice for myself and my family as well. The Baby Fat Diet is a great book, providing balanced health information and even a place to put your goals for changes in writing at the end of each chapter.

But what makes this book unique is that it’s written by moms for moms. Whether you are a brand-new mom, or in the throes of trying to balance a healthy lifestyle while raising older kids, authors and registered dieticians Shara Aaron and Monica Bearden know about the challenges this stage presents, and also how important it is to incorporate healthy eating — for the good of the entire family.

The first few chapters of the book do address healthy eating in pregnancy and post-partum, but the remainder of the book is chock-full of information for any mom including

  • The Importance of specific nutrients and food groups
  • Keeping a healthy metabolism
  • Eating healthy on the go
  • Serving sizes and meal suggestions

You can also check out the authors’ Baby Fat Diet blog for ongoing encouragement.

Would you like to win a copy of The Baby Fat Diet (U.S. addresses only)? Leave a comment, and please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules.

Check this column next week to see if you won.

The winners of How to Be a Geek Goddess are #133 Noelia Gutierrez, and #199 Holly Cooper. You each should have received an email from me. If not, please send your address to 5minutesforbooks (at) gmail DOT com.



Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Organizing Mommy January 12, 2009 at 12:46 am

O.K. I’ll admit it. I need the book.

2 Junglewife January 12, 2009 at 1:01 am

My baby is 10 months old and I still have 30 pounds to lose! (well, from this baby and my first combined! ) Anyway, I could sure use this book!

3 Morgan January 12, 2009 at 1:23 am

I have about 15 lbs left to lose after 3 pregnancies in 3 and a half years. I would LOVE to win the book! Thank you!

4 Morgan January 12, 2009 at 1:23 am

I subscribe to the newsletter

5 Morgan January 12, 2009 at 1:24 am

And, I subscribe to the feed :)

6 Maddy January 12, 2009 at 1:39 am

I think probably the serving sizes are the most important element. I still remember being quite shocked at the incredible serving sizes in restaurants e.g. a salad served in the bowl the size of a washing up bowl but designed for one person rather than a whole family.
Cheers

7 Nadia January 12, 2009 at 2:34 am

I NEED this book!

8 Nadia January 12, 2009 at 2:34 am

I’m a suscriber.

9 Nadia January 12, 2009 at 2:34 am

I also receive the newsletter.

10 Milissa Boykin January 12, 2009 at 7:59 am

I would love to have this book

11 Courtney January 12, 2009 at 8:01 am

Oh my i so need this book!

12 Courtney January 12, 2009 at 8:01 am

i subscribe to your newsletter

13 Courtney January 12, 2009 at 8:02 am

i also subscribe to your feed in my reader

14 Courtney January 12, 2009 at 8:02 am

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15 ellen cunningham January 12, 2009 at 8:47 am

I’m still trying to lose the rest of the weight from my pregnancy. This could definitely help me.

16 ellen cunningham January 12, 2009 at 8:53 am

I am a subscriber.

17 katie January 12, 2009 at 9:01 am

After baby #3 I seem to be having trouble losing the last 15.

18 Michael Capp January 12, 2009 at 9:03 am

I’d love to win!

19 Roseann Kies January 12, 2009 at 9:34 am

The last 10 pounds are the most difficult. Thanks!

20 Gina January 12, 2009 at 9:41 am

I sooo need this! Up until I got pregnant with my second child, I was still using the excuse, “I just had a baby.” Child #1 was 3…

21 Billie Jean January 12, 2009 at 9:43 am

Hmmm, maybe my inability to lose the baby fat x5 is the reason I’m pg with #6? It’s just easier to be pg than admitting I still have baby weight? LOL Come May, I could use the book – again!

22 Dawn January 12, 2009 at 9:59 am

I am preggo with boy number 3 and really need this book. Thanks

23 Kat R January 12, 2009 at 10:16 am

I’m still lugging around twenty pounds of baby fat and baby girl is 16 months old, it’s harder to lose the tonnage this time than it was after the other three maybe it’s because I’m in my forties or just lazy ;) but I sure could use the book

24 d January 12, 2009 at 10:51 am

This sounds great.

25 Kristie January 12, 2009 at 10:51 am

Sounds like a great book!

26 Kristie January 12, 2009 at 10:52 am

I subscribe to your newsletter.

27 Denise January 12, 2009 at 11:15 am

Count me in please!

28 Teavalize January 12, 2009 at 11:16 am

Many moms out there need this book, so better grab this out. It was a very helpful tool for all the moms especially those first time moms. Being aware on this book can strengthen you to know about the do’s and dont’s that a caring mother should focus about. For those pregnant moms, it is better to consult to your doctor for any changes on your body, or in your proper diet.

29 Sheila January 12, 2009 at 11:24 am

Yep, I need this book, I had my son almost 5 months ago and the Baby fat is still hanging around!!

30 Sara January 12, 2009 at 11:44 am

I’d love to win a copy! I read your site every day!

31 Jen January 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

This book looks great to me! I could definitely use it!

32 Jen January 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

I also subscribe to your feed and love it!

33 Jen January 12, 2009 at 11:48 am

I also subscribe to your newsletter! Keep up the good work.

34 Jen January 12, 2009 at 11:49 am

I also have your button on my blog.

35 Jessie January 12, 2009 at 12:03 pm

This sounds like a great book for me. I have been struggling with my weight since I had my two boys a year apart. They are turning 3 and 2 in March and I still have not lost the weight I gained during those pregnancies! I need help!

36 Elizabeth January 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I have a 9-month old and it is time to work on the baby weight! This book looks motivating!

37 Lisa C January 12, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I’m pregnant right now so this book would be useful!

38 Lisa C January 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Im a subscriber.

39 Lynn January 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I love to check out health motivating books, and this one looks like it would be very interesting. My sister just had a baby, so I’d definitely let her take a look.

40 Hailey January 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm

What a great book that I need oh so very badly

41 miss patti January 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm

How perfect! I just had a baby 2 weeks ago and I have my wedding in 5 months. I could use all the help I can get.

42 Carrie Lim January 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I would love to win this book. I am in a out right war against my baby fat and I am only very very slowly winning. Any help would be great.

43 Michele January 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm

My daughter is now two…and I still cannot shed those last 15 pregnancy pounds. This sounds like a great book!

44 Gina Stratos January 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Looks like a good book
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45 Gina Stratos January 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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46 Gina Stratos January 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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47 Aunt LoLo January 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm

umm…yeah. a little help would be great!

48 Keeling January 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I’d love a chance to win!

49 C. clemens January 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I got lots of baby fat LOL
so enter me

50 stephanie January 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I need this book

51 stephanie January 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I’m a subscriber

52 stephanie January 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I get the newsletter

53 stephanie January 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I have your button on my blog

54 Sandra January 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm

This book looking interesting. I still got my baby fat and my son is almost 3 yrs old!

55 rebecca January 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I had lost all the baby weight, then we started having whole milk in the house all the time (she turned 1 year) and I gained 10 lbs back.

56 rebecca January 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I subscribe to your feed!

57 Kristen January 12, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I need it!

58 Kristi January 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Hi – Please enter me for this book! It’s that season of my life that I need to start doing something about the Baby Fat – as there will be no more babies!

Kristi
kherbrand(at)comcast(dot)net

59 MommyBrain January 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Does it count as baby fat if your babies are 3 years old? Or if you lost it all by breastfeeding but now are gaining again? Because if so, then I need this book!

60 Jessica at PUDGET January 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm

This book sounds great. I definitly have some baby fat to lose.

61 joni chadwell January 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

This looks like it could be a real eye-opener…I would share it with my TOPS WEIGHT LOSS GROUP that I go to every week

62 shannon Baas January 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Looks like a great book.

63 susan varney January 12, 2009 at 6:07 pm

can’t wait to get on it

64 michele anne jaquays January 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Hey, the book sounds interesting……….would like to win it.

65 Susan Smith January 12, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Sounds like a nice book

66 Amy January 12, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since my baby was born, but now I’ve just…stopped. Actually, I lost all of my baby weight but now want to work on what I needed to lose before. And my weight is redistributed -located in totallly different areas – like my tummy then I had before. So that my post-baby weight looks and feels different then when I was this weight before.

This book may be just what I need!

67 Katherine Frazier January 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I am interested in boosting my metabolism so this books looks like a great help.

68 Jill H. January 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Sounds like a great read, and I need all the help losing weight i can get!

69 Jill H. January 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

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70 Jill H. January 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Newsletter Subscriber

71 christopher h January 12, 2009 at 8:13 pm

we could really use this

72 Alexandra Hancock January 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm

yes Yes YES! I need this. It’s a year after my baby was brought into this world and I’m still packing an extra 20 or so pounds. Gah!

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73 Alexandra Hancock January 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm

i’m also a subscriber!

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74 Kathy D January 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm

subscribe

75 Kathy D January 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm

would love to loss a little this year would be happy to loss a lot

76 Jennifer Barr January 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I still have pregnancy weight to lose as well

77 Monica January 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Hi, I would love to win this book. My youngest daughter is 3 and I am still carrying an extra 10 lbs that I just can’t seem to lose. This book looks like it would be a great help. Thanks.

78 lee January 12, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Sounds like a very informative book!

79 Kelly January 13, 2009 at 12:28 am

I’m fascinated. Count me in.

80 MRS.MOMMYY January 13, 2009 at 12:58 am

yes I need it

81 MRS.MOMMYY January 13, 2009 at 12:58 am

subscriber

82 Stephanie January 13, 2009 at 1:06 am

Sure, I’m interested. Baby #2 is due in March and I’m doing my very best to stay within the 25-35 lb. recommended weight gain range because I know that it will be easier to get back in shape if I do…

83 michelle January 13, 2009 at 1:48 am

Wow a great book!

84 Teresa January 13, 2009 at 2:51 am

I need this book! I hope I win!!

85 Christina G. January 13, 2009 at 3:38 am

This book looks like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway!

86 Susan C January 13, 2009 at 10:33 am

I would like to win this for my daughter. She has been trying to lose weight since her baby was born 8 months ago.

87 simone January 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm

The book looks interesting. I know I could use it! Thanks!

88 veronica sandberg January 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm

want to win this

89 Renee January 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I need this book since my resolution is to lose the baby weight. (The baby is 2 yrs old)

90 israel y January 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

would love to win this, thank you!

91 Melissa D January 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm

I’ll have 3 kids under 4 by this fall. Oh yes, I need this book!

92 Francine Anchondo January 13, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Thanks for the giveaway.

93 Kathy Conley January 13, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I would love to win this book and need it badly!

94 New Mommy January 13, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I have a 100lbs baby fat i need to lose after jan 26,2009

95 Courtney from Mommie Blogs January 13, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I so need this book!

96 Mia J. January 13, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I sure could use this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

97 Gabriel J. January 13, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Please, enter me, great prize!!! I would love to win this.

98 Jill W January 14, 2009 at 1:02 am

This would be great, thanks for the chance

99 Jill W January 14, 2009 at 1:03 am

I am a subscriber, thanks

100 Jill W January 14, 2009 at 1:05 am

I get your newsletter, thanks

101 Jill W January 14, 2009 at 1:06 am

Your button is on my sidebar, thanks

102 Laura Collins January 14, 2009 at 5:30 am

I need a win

103 Karen Gonyea January 14, 2009 at 11:09 am

Great book – I’d love to have a copy.

104 Jason Nickolay January 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I know someone who would love this book

105 Walter Koons Jr January 14, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I know several baby fat mommas that should read this book, lol.

106 karen c. January 14, 2009 at 7:20 pm

This sounds like a book I should definitely read.

107 The Diaper Diaries January 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Whew, I need this!!

108 Miss Heidi January 15, 2009 at 1:37 am

Please enter me. Thanks.
Heidi
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109 Mozi Esmes Mommy January 15, 2009 at 2:40 am

Sadly I could use this book…

110 Meredith Rogen January 15, 2009 at 3:52 am

I love reading new books.

111 Jennifer Hedden January 15, 2009 at 4:57 pm

enter me

112 REBECCA TOWNER January 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

please enter me

113 Karen P January 16, 2009 at 9:24 am

Thought that I entered yesterday, but it isn’t showing up. Please enter me. :-)

114 Karen P January 16, 2009 at 9:24 am

I am also a subscriber to your newsletter. :-)

115 becky fitzpatrick January 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I need this book

116 salina munson January 17, 2009 at 5:09 am

please enter me for a chance to win! thanks for the giveaway.

117 Erma January 17, 2009 at 8:27 am

I would love to win this, thanks.

118 Cassandra January 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I would love to win–thanks!

119 Catherine copeland January 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

as i pinch the much more than an inch that is around my middle i’m hoping to win that book.

thanks

120 Marion B January 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Sounds like a good book to read!

121 Carolyn January 17, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Can you still be losing the baby fat when your youngest is 8? Well, then, that’s the book for me!

122 Donna M. Clark January 17, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I think this is a book I need. I would love to win it.

123 K. Cleaver January 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I could really use this book. Thanks for entering me.

124 Linda Amerman January 17, 2009 at 11:34 pm

18 months later and still have the “baby” fat…Help!

125 george ferris January 18, 2009 at 1:43 am

It is difficult to get any amount of fat off.

126 Chrysa January 18, 2009 at 2:32 am

Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

127 Carliss Williams January 18, 2009 at 9:22 am

Good Lord I need help !!!! Bring it on

128 Kelly Grant January 18, 2009 at 9:55 am

I’ll be having to try to lose the baby fat in about 2.5 months.

129 Veronica Garrett January 18, 2009 at 10:53 am

I would love to win this book. I would love to learn how to have a more healthy life.

130 kathy pease January 18, 2009 at 10:59 am

i could really use this :)

131 Jeanine P January 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Nice prize! I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

132 Christin Banda January 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm

MY SON IS 3 MONTHS OLD AND THIS WOULD BE SO GREAT!! THANKS!

133 Marcy Lynn Strahan January 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I would love to read this book!

134 Marcy Lynn Strahan January 18, 2009 at 3:24 pm

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135 Marcy Lynn Strahan January 18, 2009 at 3:24 pm

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136 Barbara Hunt January 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Thanks for the great contest!

137 Sharon Fairclough January 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Baby fat what is the definition of baby fat is said baby fat area is large than a baby or what this sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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138 Melanie D January 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm

thank you so much!

139 Lily Kwan January 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

140 N Moyer January 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I too need help!

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