‘Mommy Diet’ won’t make you instantly skinny

 Each week on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” host Alison Sweeney puts contestants through grueling physical challenges, issues beguiling calorie-rich temptations and then weighs them on a scale to determine whether their punishing gym sessions are paying off.

So when she gave birth to her second child, she felt the pressure — from herself — to quickly bounce back and shed the roughly 26 pounds she gained. But that was one temptation she refused to give in to, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

“The last thing a mother needs is more pressure,” Sweeney said. “Your body has been through so much. I want to tell every new mother out there: Give yourself a break! There will be plenty of time to get back into shape.”

Her new book, “The Mommy Diet: A Month-by-Month Plan for a Healthy Body and Mind Before, During and After Pregnancy,” urges women to get into shape before they get pregnant because it will be so much easier to shed the baby weight. Despite its title, it’s a call to sanity for any woman — pregnant or not — struggling to get off the dieting roller coaster.

“It’s not about making you instantly skinny — sorry, that’s just not possible or healthy,” she wrote.

That might be disappointing to those who want to put up monster weight-loss numbers like the contestants on the show. But Sweeney says those contestants are in a life-or-death battle with obesity and win only with hours-long gym workouts.

New moms barely have time to shower and run a comb through their hair. They need to find manageable, realistic ways to make eating right and exercise a natural part of their day.

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