I didn’t face a challenge with my weight until after pregnancy. My weight fluctuated a bit during residency because I was up all night eating cafeteria food and vending machine snacks, but pregnancy—and age—definitely changed my metabolism!
I am still working on it (although not working very hard or I would have gotten back into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes by now! Weight Watchers works. Joining online didn’t really help, but I and several others I know have signed up and gone to meetings. It helps to see (and hear) others who are trying to drop a few pounds as well. Many people like the “points” system, but I like the concept of eating the “power foods,” like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. The meeting leaders’ styles are VERY different, but we found one who is hilarious and full of good ideas. She packs the room on Saturdays at 7:30 am so you KNOW she is good! Obviously, having to step on a scale every week holds one accountable. I really just needed to get back into healthier eating habits after living by “I’m pregnant and the baby wants Mexican food and chocolate ice cream all day!”
—Rachel S. Rohde, MD, a mom of a two-year-old daughter, an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and an orthopaedic upper extremity surgeon with Michigan Orthopaedic Institute, P.C., in Southfield, MI