Are you sick of your C-Section shelf? That extra fold of skin that hangs down over your C-Section scar?
It’s annoying and embarrassing isn’t it?
But how do you get rid of it?
The popular remedy is plastic surgery. Of course I disagree.
Surgery may be the popular answer but if more surgery isn’t what you want don’t despair.
Here’s how I got rid of my C-Section shelf…
How To Get Rid of A C-Section Shelf?
A C-Section shelf involves focusing on two things; fat and loose skin.
To help with fat loss and tightening that loose skin these are the 3 things that work very well together. They are:
Now before you hang your head in despair, hear me out.
When it comes to diet and exercise there are some specific do’s and don’t’s that will make these work together to get rid of your C-Section shelf once and for all.
“99% of the time women are NOT using diet, exercise and compression correctly for toning and slimming.”
Here’s what you MUST do to get rid of your C-Section shelf…
Now by dieting I don’t mean starving yourself. Starvation never works for body toning. In fact if you are hungry on your diet, you aren’t dieting correctly! Starvation contributes to loss of muscle mass and that’s counterproductive for toning a C-Section shelf or any other fatty pockets.
Diet eliminates fat. Fat is not entirely the problem with respect to a C-Section shelf but trimming fat is always a great place to start.
So reduce your fat intake. Eat recommended portions and get into the habit of giving your body time to feel full. Consistency is important too. Don’t start a diet one week and go off it the next.
Start with a low fat plan that won’t make you feel deprived. Health magazine has some great low fat sample memus that are a great start and the foods are super appetizing.
Walk, Don’t Crunch
A C-Section shelf is comprised of loose skin. Exercise is important because it strengthens your weak muscles which works to tighten the loose skin around your incision.
I don’t recommend sit-ups and crunches for the first few months after your C-Section. Doing abdominal exercises too soon after surgery are not only dangerous they can be ineffective and damage muscles if you are not completely healed internally.
A great start is simply a daily routine of walking. While walking tighten your pelvic muscles as you walk. It doesn’t need to be any more difficult than that. This is exactly what I did and my C-Section shelf is gone.
If weather permits get outside with baby. If you can’t get out use a treadmill. I personally use the Horizon compact treadmill which sits in my office. I use it whenever I’m short on time or just can’t get outside. I like the compact treadmills because they store under your bed or easily in a closet.
Targeting those muscles effectively, committing to just 20 minutes a day and being consistent is what achieves results.
Another thing that helps with the dense tissue within the C-Section shelf is compression. Compression works to smooth the shelf and restore your scar to a more natural texture. Now compression isn’t a permanent fix but wearing a garment that combines front pelvic compression is another element to help flatten the area. It’s perfect to wear while walking or when doing recommended exercises.
“C-Panty really works. It’s comfortable, and really helps reduce the classic “c-section shelf” as well as help the incision fade” – PW
So there you have it my friend. If more surgery isn’t what you want try this triple remedy. The combination of diet, walking and compression are what worked for me and my C-Section shelf is gone 🙂
Need More Help than that for losing your C-Section Shelf?
If you don’t think you can stick to a schedule on your own or need more direction and motivation to lose your belly and C-Section shelf, I love Wendy Powell. Wendy is a postpartum exercise specialist who created the MUTU exercise system for losing your baby belly and strengthening your core — and it’s on a convenient DVD. This is without a doubt the best program I’ve seen because it’s thorough and designed to be easy.
Check it out, I think you’ll be impressed with what this program can do for you.
Here’s to a more beautiful, slimmer you – and no more surgery 🙂
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