Sick of your C-Section belly?
Even a vaginal birth gives you a belly that takes a long time to lose, but after having a C-Section it’s worse because recovery takes longer.
So how do you lose your belly after a C-Section and how soon can you expect to look good again?
The popular suggestion is a tummy tuck. But it’s not mine.
A tummy tuck is an easy solution but unless you want more surgery, incur more expense and surgical risk then it’s really not the better solution.
Based on personal experience and things that work for other women these are ways to lose your C-Section belly that won’t be nearly as risky, expensive or painful.
Losing your Belly after A C-Section Starts with a Good Diet
I hate the word ‘diet’. It sounds too much like deprivation — and that doesn’t work.
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. And if you’re breastfeeding you can’t really “diet” because your baby needs nourishment.
This is about eating foods that your body needs while at the same time losing the fat.
I recently got a hold of the Flat Belly Diet, followed the plan and lost about 1 inch around my belly so far. The diet plan is not restrictive, you can eat and still lose belly fat.
The diet suggests eating 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, for me that’s a win/win
I’m still doing the plan and my belly fat has diminished significantly. However you have to stick with it. Nothing works if you don’t stick with it.
Lose Your C-Section Belly With Exercise
If I haven’t lost you at diet I’ll probably lose you here, but stick with me a minute.
After my second C-Section I worked harder at getting back in shape and losing belly fat.
I don’t love exercise, in fact I’m one to avoid it if I can but I’ve also learned that exercise doesn’t have to be grueling to be effective.
When we think of abdominal exercise we usually think of sit-ups and ab crunches but those exercises won’t help you. In fact some abdominal exercises done too soon after a C-Section can cause diastasis recti. This is a separation of the abdominal muscles and it can be damaging, even causing permanent muscle pooch.
That’s not to say you can never do ab crunches or sit ups ever again but if you’ve had a C-Section you shouldn’t do them until about 3–6 months after your surgery. Or you could also check with your doctor.
My point is that sit-ups and ab crunches aren’t the only way to lose belly fat and get a flatter tummy. I did it with something much easier.
Here’s what I did and still do.
- Walk. Go for a 2-4 mile walk every day. Just 30-45 minutes a day walking is ideal for weight loss, losing belly fat, and 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 your abdominal muscles aren’t sore try holding your tummy muscles in while walking, keeping them as tight as you can helps strengthen them and get them back into shape quicker.
Pilates is perfect for core strengthening. These are exercises that tone and tighten abdominal muscles. It’s this toning that actually burns belly fat. For post C-section moms however, I don’t recommend the standard Pilates. Instead there’s an awesome Pilates book and DVD by Jennifer Gianni created specifically for C-Section moms with a six week plan that women find amazing.
Diet & Exercise Together CAN Reduce Your C-Section Belly Fat
If you’ve had little to no success with diet and exercise it’s probably because you’re doing one with out the other working simultaneously.
There’s one big misconception about losing belly fat and toning which is…
Abdominal exercises alone won’t get rid of the belly fat.
A flatter, less fatty belly comes from the combination of raising your metabolism rate, losing belly fat and strengthening your abdominal muscles.
For example, sit-ups and ab crunches will tone the six pack muscles but they won’t do much to tone your lower belly fat giving you a toned look. In fact sit-ups and crunches alone can give you that lower ‘pot belly’ look we see many women have.
Effective toning and loss of belly fat has to combine:
- Strengthening Your abdominal muscles
- Raising your metabolism
- Reducing Fat
3 Effective Strategies For How To Lose Your belly after a C-Section
Strengthen Your abdominal muscles.
Pelvic floor exercises are the most effective for moms who have had a C-Section. They can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and help flatten your tummy. They can also be done within a day or so after your C-Section.
To rebuild strength and control start working on your deep core muscles with exercises like I Leg V-ups, planks and burpees. These are exercises you can do within about 8-10 weeks of your surgery or with your doctor’s OK.
- Walk Routinely.
Walking is super effective for the C-Section mom because it’s low impact yet increases your metabolism rate
Furthermore if you practice pelvic floor exercises as you walk you WILL notice your belly begin to shrink.
That’s exactly what worked for me. As soon as I began walking and practicing pelvic tightening I saw a difference.
If you can’t get outside try a treadmill. I still use my Horizon compact treadmill to this day.
For me just 20 minutes a day of belly tightening walks, either outside or on the treadmill keeps my belly fat in check and looking trim.
Eat a Low Fat Diet.
The final and most important part of the flat belly strategy is sticking to a low fat diet.
You don’t have to avoid all fat, after all some fat intake makes life enjoyable, but limit it where you can.
There you have it ladies.
Losing your C-Section belly doesn’t have to be rigorous or strenuous. Simply keep on a steady diet of low fats, walk often to increase your metabolism rate, do pelvic tilts, leg V-ups, planks and burpees to build your inner abdominal strength.
Here’s to a flatter belly and a more beautiful you
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