The truth about losing belly fat after giving birth!

By on September 29, 2011
Photo © Elena Derevtsova
It is not about eating less that makes you lose belly fat.  On the contrary,  physical fitness trainers will advice you like mine did, to eat at least 5 times a day.  Your nutrition and calorie intake of course makes a difference but that alone will not do the work.  When you lose weight, you shed inches all over the body and not just in the mid rib area.  Instant spot reduction can only be achieved by liposuction.

To start seeing fat loss around the waistline, you need to build strength and muscles by doing certain core exercises .  Here are some of the basic ones.

Sit on the ball with your back straight.  Walk your feet out until the ball is supporting your mid to lower back areas.   When you do this,  rest your arms over your chest.  Slowly contract the abdominal by raising upper body until you feel fully contracted.  Return slowly to the original position.  Inhale in starting position and exhale when pulling in your body.  Head and neck should be aligned and relaxed.  Ball should not move.  Spread feet wide for support.

Challenging but effective for the lower abdominal. Place all your focus on the lower abdominal area contracting.  With  your back on a mat relax your hands on the floor by your side. Raise your legs into the air and concentrate on keeping your upper and lower back pressed into the floor throughout the exercise.  As you raise your legs, the tendency for lower back to rise is normal.  Keep it pressed as flat as possible on the floor.  Contracting your abs, raise your hips and gently roll  off the floor, stopping when you feel a full contraction of your abdominals and can no longer lift your hips.   Return to flat position and repeat.  Inhale when returning to flat position and exhale while you lift your hips.

 Lie on your back on a mat keeping your lower back in a flat position. Place your finger tips lon the sides of your head and lift your knees up to about a 45 degree angle.  Slowly go through a bicycle pedaling motion alternating your left elbow to your right knee,  then your right elbow to your left knee. The legs and shoulders should remain elevated from the floor during this exercise and the lower to the ground your legs bicycle, the harder your abs work.Be careful not to put force by pulling on your head and neck during the exercise. Not advisable for people feeling pain or strain on their lower back.

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