The average weight gain during pregnancy is between 25-35 pounds. During and after the birth, including breastfeeding and other hormonal shifts that boost metabolism, this usually adds up to about a 13 pound weight loss.
That leaves anywhere from 12 – 22 pounds of remaining baby belly fat to lose.
To lose belly fat after pregnancy requires a little self discipline and a persistent and healthy approach.
Tips on How To Burn Baby Belly Fat
Here are some helpful tips and strategies to help you reach your goal.
Do not start a diet program until three months post pregnancy. Start by eating healthy, well-balanced meals and ease into your exercise program.
If you did not exercise throughout your pregnancy, take it slowly and don’t rush into a strenuous exercise routine. Remember, your body is still healing and needs time to adjust.
Walking is an excellent way to get your body ready for more strenuous exercises. So pull out the stroller and get ready to push, while you walk. Put your baby in the stroller who will also enjoy a walk around the neighborhood.
Eating five to six small, nutritious meals a day will help you maintain your energy, keep you from getting hungry during the day and help you to lose belly fat. Instead of using hand weights, hold your newborn when doing sit ups, arm lifts and squats.
The added weight will help to rebuild your muscles. The activity will amuse your baby and give you some one-on-one quality time together. Find a baby friendly gym. Many gyms now offer babysitting services while you workout. And some gyms even offer the stroller workouts.
Foods to Eat to Burn Stomach Fat
Keep your kitchen stocked with fresh and healthy foods. Don’t be tempted so get rid of any secret stashes! Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Lean meats such as fish, chicken and turkey will add much needed protein to your diet.
Supplement your diet with eggs, low fat dairy products and whole grain breads to help you lose weight.
For an evening snack, or any kind of snack substitute carrot sticks and low fat ranch dip or hummus instead of potato chips and French onion dip or sugary treats. Make sure you cut out all fast foods, sugar and white bread, and pasta. Try to stay away from processed foods.
Try to be patient. Losing weight and burning belly fat takes time for many moms because every woman’s body is different. If you eat the right foods and follow an exercise routine, you will be able to re-gain your flat abs.
It is important to talk with your doctor before changing your diet or when starting a new exercise regimen. It is possible to lose weight after pregnancy by eating healthy, nutritious foods and following an exercise program. You can do it! Get support or join a mummies group at the gym.
Holly Rigsby is a nationally recognized women’s fitness coach, certified personal trainer (CPT) and the author of the internationally popular e-book – Fit Yummy Mummy – Burn Your Baby Fat & Get Your Body Back.
Fit Yummy Mummy presents a welcome contrast to the other fitness products so freely available elsewhere on the Net: it’s friendly, understanding of the unique situations mom’s face, informative, and above all, commonsensical.
No unrealistic recommendations, 2 hour workouts, or zero-carb diets here: it doesn’t take long to see that this lady knows what she’s talking about when it comes to mom’s lifestyles (and did I mention she’s a mom too?)
If you really want to regain your pre-pregnancy body, along with a flat belly, and tone your arms, legs, butt and abs: