Ab Rehab: Tips On Losing Pregnancy Belly Weight
Pregnancy is a beautiful life changing experience but it can wreak havoc on a woman’s body. From stretch marks, new moles, and stretched out stomach muscles, your body needs a lot of TLC to get back to normal. For many new mommies, the biggest challenge is that you’re still looking pregnant in the belly months and sometimes years after giving birth.
There is no quick fix or easy remedy for losing belly weight…you just have to take your time, work hard, and be disciplined. If you are the kind of mom that needs to do things step by step then try out these tips.
The first step in a lifestyle change is your perspective and outlook. You want to get in a positive mindset because you have to be your biggest cheerleader. Cut out or print out positive quotes and stick them on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror, and in your car.
Your second step to getting the fab tummy you want is to look up the ingredients in the junk food you love. Take the time and find out how those ingredients affect your body in a negative way. Even though it may be time-consuming, it is worth it. Eating healthy is a mind over matter process so getting turned off a little to some junk food you love is a start. Then, start eliminating one junk food item one month at a time. Start with what’s easier and work your way up to something like chocolate if that’s harder. Phase two is all about developing self-control and once you do that, you can allow yourself occasional cheat days down the road.
The next step is to start moving more. Find an activity you like that you can continue to do for a while. Sign up for a gym or a dance class. You could also take tennis or swimming or even sign up for mommy and baby workout aerobics. Work out at least two to three times a week. When you work out on stationary equipment like a bicycle or elliptical you may want to consider wearing a “sweat” suit but make sure you check with your doctor first.
Cut back on white carbs like pasta, white rice and bread. If you eat bread daily, try cutting down to just twice a week. These carbs turn into sugar in the body and help pack on the pounds when they aren’t eaten in a balanced way.
Now that you have cut out some junk food, cut back on too many white carbs, and started being more active, you are ready to incorporate even more healthier eating. Your daily diet should include lots of fruits, veggies, protein, and water. If you aren’t a big fruit eater, then try putting them in a morning smoothie. The bottom line is don’t make excuses, there are always creative ways to incorporate healthier eating habits. Also, try to steer clear of too many high calorie drinks. You would be surprised how fast you can be at 1000 calories just by drinking juice, soda, and other flavored drinks in one day. The safe low-calorie options are water and hot tea with lemon and honey.
If your muscles are stretched out from pregnancy then no matter how much weight you lose your tummy will still stick out a little. The body has the amazing ability to bounce back so you may want to try shapewear or go to a professional shop to buy a comfortable corset that you can wear a few hours a day. The key to waist training is to make sure it’s snug but not too tight. You shouldn’t be out of breath or feel faint just from wearing it.