Getting pregnant is a blessing that also comes with so many challenges; and these trials do not stop after a baby is born. The new mother not only needs to take care of her baby, but she also has to find ways to get her old body back again. This can be easily done by others. Just look at supermodel moms who seem to have elastic bodies. They give birth, and, a few months later, they’re slim and strutting on a runway. It seems so unfair because most women find it hard to lose the post-baby belly.
There is no golden ticket that will transform your belly from flab to flat. But with some hard work and self-discipline, you can attain the body you want. Here are some tips that could help you out.
Before doing any strenuous exercises, you should check with your doctor first. Ask her when you can start your exercises to flatten your tummy. Once your doctor gives you the go-ahead, it’s time to do some flab-busting work outs. Here are some suggestions:
Yes, it’s a very basic exercise that can greatly help in toning your abdominal muscles. It’s simple to do. Lie flat on your back. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor. Support your head gently as you lift your upper torso off the floor. Lift as high as you can before lowering.
2. Plank Position
The plank, which is part of the sun salutation sequence in yoga, helps in improving posture and balance. It aids in toning abdominal muscles as well. There are two types of plank positions, the full and side plank. The former is recommended for tummy toning. The initial pose is similar to the basic pushup position. Then, the arms are lowered, ensuring that the forearms, including the elbows and palms, are flat on the ground. The toes are curled underneath, and you should be looking down as you lift your body off the floor. By holding the position for a few seconds, you strengthen and condition your stomach muscles.
These are just two exercises that can help in toning your belly muscles which have stretched during pregnancy. Because it is possible to lose interest in such activities as the days go by, it’s best to exercise with a group of friends or enroll in a class so that your companions can support and encourage you.
Diet and Self-Discipline
It is difficult to say no to chocolates, cakes, burger, fries and other yummy but not-so-nutritious foods. Also, if you go on a diet and the people you’re with aren’t, the challenge becomes even more difficult. Thus, it’s vital to be a disciplined dieter. Aim to have a healthier diet. There are a lot of easy-to-do and nutritious recipes that you can find online. You can also consult a nutritionist who can properly guide you in planning your meals. The Mediterranean diet is especially popular because it’s healthy and some studies also prove that it can prolong life.
Another diet issue that you should be aware of concerns pills that claim to block carbohydrates or burn your belly fat. Before taking any form of diet medications or using topical creams that claim to magically transform your tummy from flab to fab, consult a doctor first. Learn what his recommendations are. Remember that even though manufacturers have a legally binding responsibility to protect consumers, as stated by California-based personal injury attorneys, Bob M. Cohen & Associates, some might still knowingly or unknowingly offer defective or low quality products that can be health risks.
Did you know that breastfeeding not only enhances your baby’s health, but it can also help in weight loss? As the body produces breast milk and as the mother feeds her baby, she uses up calories. Studies say that a woman can lose up to 300 to 500 calories each day if she continues to breastfeed her child. However, don’t rely on this alone if you want to lose weight.
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Claire Taylor is a freelance writer who likes to blog about different things. She writes about automobile maintenance and safety, food, and technology. She also unleashes her creative energy by doing a few DIY projects.