Why It’s So Hard To Lose the Baby Weight with Rebekah Matznick, RD – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 121

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Most new mothers know the struggles of losing weight after giving birth. Your body has changed and navigating the postpartum period has its many challenges. But regaining a healthy balance in your body is not something you need to just give up on. Today’s guest is here to explain how to do it in a healthy and sustainable way.



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About Rebekah Matznick, RD

Rebekah has always had a passion for nutrition and fitness. Growing up she knew she wanted to be a nutritionist and work in the health industry. After graduating from Purdue University, Rebekah became a Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. She then completed her Dietetic Internship and Master’s degree in Nutrition at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC.

She became a Registered Dietitian and first worked as a Public Health Nutritionist at the Guilford County WIC Program in North Carolina. Rebekah absolutely loved and enjoyed getting to work with women, infants, and children on a daily basis. She then worked as a Health and Wellness Coordinator at a company doing employee wellness, which she loved as well!

Rebekah helps moms of infants and toddlers nourish their bodies so they can reach their body composition goals, feel confident in their own skin, and have more energy as a mom… all without having to sacrifice their precious time and energy.

Your Body Has Changed and That’s Okay

With the changes that pregnancy makes to the body, there’s a lot that needs attention after birth. The structural changes that have happened mean that it’s not going to be what it was before. For many, this is a hard concept to come to terms with. Rebekah wants you to know that there are still healthy and obtainable actions you can take.

This comes as a combination of functional movement exercises, diet, and mindset. Rebekah explains how to fit this into your busy lifestyle by prioritizing and routine setting.


Nutrition and Mindset as Tools for Getting Your Body Back

We also discuss how to easefully nourish your body in those hectic days, weeks, and months after birth. Your body has been through a lot and nutrition is a key element of its recovery. Rebekah talks about how to nourish your body rather than just grabbing wherever calories are most convenient at the moment. 

Having macronutrient goals and understanding your mindset, combined with functional movement exercises, are essential parts of the process. Also, don’t forget your lifestyle habits, such as sleeping enough (easier said than done, I know), all play a part in how you’re going to feel.

What challenges have you experienced concerning postpartum nutrition? Leave a comment below! 


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  • How Rebekah found her passion in postpartum nutrition and health [4:10]
  • Balancing a healthy body image with the need to recover good health postpartum [9:20]
  • Common struggles around losing pregnancy weight [14:15]
  • The role of intuitive eating during the postpartum period [20:30]
  • Finding a balance between eating whatever you want and properly nourishing your postpartum body [30:05]
  • Addressing common mindset issues concerning staying healthy and raising a newborn [36:10]
  • Details about Rebekah’s upcoming program for new mothers [48:30]



“Everybody is different. Even your own body is different. Every pregnancy is different. Every postpartum is different.” [6:55]

“If you have specific weight-loss goals, you’re going to have to have specific things that you do every day in order to meet those goals.” [22:59]

“It’s okay to be sad, but you will feel like yourself again. And it’s still okay to grieve the past, but also, you’re going to be okay.” [42:22]



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