How To Lose C-Section Belly Fat

lose c-section belly fatIf you’re trying to lose C-Section belly fat, there are only 3 ways to effectively do that.  Diet, exercise or tummy tuck.

Unless you are having a tummy tuck immediately after a C-Section, I don’t recommend additional surgery to have it done.  More surgery is never a good thing and can lead to complications like abdominal adhesions and scar tissue.

That leaves diet, exercise or both.  I’m advocating both.

I’m not talking about restrictive diets and doing crazy strenuous exercise.  You’re a busy mom so you have to be realistic and smart about losing your belly fat if you’re going to be successful.

Here are a few personal things I’ve done that have given me amazing results

Losing C-Section Belly Fat Has to Start with a Good Diet

I hate the word ‘diet’.  It sounds too much like deprivation.  Being ‘on a diet’ doesn’t mean depriving  yourself or eating things that you hate. In fact if you get hungry you’re not dieting correctly.

For C-section moms in particular, your body is healing so you need nutrients to heal faster.  If your breastfeeding you can’t really “diet” because your baby needs nourishment. Your challenge for how to lose C-Section belly fat is to eat foods that your body needs while at the same time losing the fat.

I recently read a great book called the Flat Belly Diet. I liked it because the diet plan is not restrictive, you can eat and still lose weight, especially around the belly.

One thing the book suggests is to eat more monounsaturated fats, also known as MUFA’s.  MUFA’s are found in things like nuts, olives, avocados, seeds, soybean and oils like sunflower and olive oils.  MUFA’s are also found in dark chocolate which I love to snack on, it gets me through those chocolate and sweet cravings, so that’s a win/win for me ;-)

I’m still doing the plan and my belly fat has diminished significantly. However the keywords here are ‘stay with the program’.  Nothing will work for you if you don’t stick with it.

Lose C-Section Belly Fat with Exercise

Some people love exercise, others hate it.  I personally hate it.  But I do it because I’ve seen and experience every day more energy and a flatter belly, those results far outweigh my hatred for exercise.  That alone helps me keep at it.

I want you to feel those same results too, but you’re going to have to get started.  I guarantee though, that once you begin seeing results it’s like putting your seat belt on in your car, you’ll do it without even thinking about it. 

Here’s what I do.

- Walk. Go for a 2-4 mile walk every day, but just 45 minutes a day walking is ideal for weight loss, losing belly fat, a healthy heart. If you can’t get outside, use a treadmill.  I personally prefer just getting outside. Put baby in a stroller and get out for a walk, it will be good for you both.

If your tummy is still sore, try using a C-Section abdominal binder, it will relieve the soreness and will also help strengthen your tummy muscles.

If you’re abdominal muscles aren’t sore try holding your tummy muscles in while walking, keeping them as tight as you can also helps strengthen them and get them back into shape quicker.

- Pilates

Pilates is perfect for core strengthening. They use exercises that tone and tighten abdominal muscles.  That toning actually burns belly fat. For post C-section moms however, I don’t recommend the standard Pilates regimen.   Instead there’s an awesome Pilates book and DVD by Jennifer Gianni created specifically for C-Section moms with a six week plan that works.

- Crunches and Sit-Ups

After a C-Section, Avoid sit ups and crunches.  They are actually not the most effective exercises after having had surgery and they can cause possible internal injury.

Diet & Exercise Together CAN Reduce C-Section Belly Fat

Diet and exercise can be a struggle for many women but it doesn’t take as much effort as it takes just basic smarts. Eat a sensible, well balanced diet by eating the foods you need to build energy, burn fat and aid in your recovery.

Exercise moderately by walking when you can or doing exercises that helps you also burn fat. Do these things consistently and you’ll not only lose your C-section belly fat; you’ll feel better both physically and mentally.

Blessings,
Elizabeth  

 

Mother, author, Cesarean researcher and C-Section mom herself, Elizabeth supports and helps educate women on C-Section birth, planning, making informed choices and recovering well.

6 comments

  1. Evelyn Addison says:

    How long should it take a c-section mom to start exercising after her c-section?

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Evelyn, You should really check with your doctor on that, but typically it’s a few months. Your c-section incision should be healing well and be healed enough that it won’t break apart with exercise. But also remember you have an internal incision that should be properly healed as well. Any strenuous exercise that causes injury could put you back in the hospital so be cautious and check with your doctor first :-)

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Cynthia, you are very welcome! By all means give it a try, that’s always a great start. I wish you all my best for your success :-)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Mani, Yes, at ten weeks, 5 kilos should be OK to carry as long as you’re not having any other heavy bleeding or problems. Just take care to take it slow and don’t do any abrupt movements. If you have doubts or concerns, please check with your doctor :-)

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