Or, 7 ways to avoid losing your “baby weight”.
Two women in their late 20s, sitting on the train to work. One says to the other, “You know how it is: you start your first diet when you’re about 12 and you’re permanently on one diet or another forever after”. The other woman rolls her eyes and nods enthusiastically.
It shocked me at the time and I felt so indignant. On later reflection I realised they’re, well, kind of right.
My own weight has see-sawed over the years.
I was a reasonably slim teenager. I put on weight in year 12 with the stress of final exams. Lost it again at uni.
Put on a bit when I started working full time, left home and could eat whatever I liked. Lost it again when I started smoking full time.
Gained a little when I quit smoking. Lost it again when my Nan died and I quit eating.
Met my future husband. We both love good food. Stacked it on. Lost weight for our wedding.
Put it back on during the honeymoon. Lost weight when the doctors told us it might help solve our apparent infertility.
And then there’s the baby weight.
There’s a general and pervasive pressure for women to be thin throughout our lives. But the pressure to lose weight and get back to our ‘pre-baby body’ ASAP after popping a baby out is positively breathtaking.