Postpartum Fitness: How To Lose A Baby Belly
Tired of looking at that post-pregnancy flab on your midsection? With these tips on how to lose a baby belly, you'll be back in shape in no time
One complaint a lot of new mothers have is that they still look pregnant. This is a perfectly normal physical reaction. After all, you've been carrying a little person around for nine months. If it took that long for your belly to expand, needless to say, it's going to take some time to get it back to the way it once looked, meaning you may find yourself carrying around a little extra (aka: a baby belly). After giving birth, hormonal changes cause your midsection to deflate like a balloon, slowly shrinking it back to pre-pregnancy state. Daily exercise can help speed up the process and help you lose a baby belly.
According to Gina Lombardi, a personal trainer in Los Angeles, in addition to performing cardiovascular activity to burn off the baby belly, crunches are necessary to tighten those stretched out abdominal muscles. She recommends starting with one set of ten repetitions and slowly working your way up to three sets of twenty. Try doing this several times a week. She also suggests bicycle crunches, where you lift your right elbow to your left knee and then switch. Perform the same amount of reps as you would regular crunches. Boost your diet with belly-fat blasting foods like oatmeal, olive oil, berries, almonds and whole grains to speed up the process of getting back your body after childbirth.
Important note: research has shown that women who don't shed the post-pregnancy weight within six months are more likely to carry it around ten to fifteen years later, which is why it's important to start exercising as soon as your doctor gives you the green light. Follow these moves that show you how to lose a baby belly and people will be amazed to find out that you were ever pregnant.
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