Why Losing the Baby Weight Isn't Top Priority for Daphne Oz
At her first postpartum checkup after giving birth to baby Philomena Bijou in February, The Chew’s Daphne Oz was shocked to see she’d only lost ten pounds — but that gave way to acceptance.
“It’s a priority, but it’s one of many,” the first-time-mom, 28, tells Fitness magazine about losing the baby weight. “I’m breastfeeding, so my priorities include eating to nourish my baby, gaining muscle tone, and feeling good. It’s about being back in charge of my body. The weight isn’t pouring off, but I figure that it takes nine months to have a baby and it’ll take at least that long for it to come off.”
In the meantime, Oz says it’s all about a positive attitude. “Focus on the things that you love about your body. Feel good about them and you’ll project confidence.”
A positive attitude and carving out time for yourself are key for any new mom. For Oz, that means following a disciplined — but manageable — diet and exercise regimen.
“My plate is about protein and vegetables,” she says. “I focus on lean proteins, like chicken, and lots of fish, like salmon, cod, branzini. I love yogurt for the calcium and protein. I’m going easier on sugar and processed carbs. But if I see a beautiful loaf of homemade bread, I’ll have a piece.”
That flexibility plays a part in her workout schedule too. “I figure out how much time I have and adjust my routine to fit. Philomena loves being in the stroller or carrier, so that’s how I’ll get a walk in. I run about four miles three to four times a week, and I intersperse that with half-hour online workouts.” Her picks: the Ballet Beautiful or Inhale Yoga with Steve Ross videos. “They’re great because I can work out while my daughter is in her bouncy seat.”
Whatever she’s doing, it’s working; our former cover girl looks terrific on the latest cover of Fitness.