Unfortunately a C-Section belly takes longer to lose because recovery takes longer. And the longer you wait the worse your belly gets and uglier you feel.
So what’s a C-Section mom to do?
The popular suggestion is a tummy tuck. But it’s not mine.
A tummy tuck might seem like the only solution but unless you want more surgery, more expense and more surgical risk then it’s not really a better solution.
Here are some tips that will help…
Losing your belly after a C-Section is more than just diet, it’s more than just exercise and it’s more than strength training, it’s ALL these things combined.
Many women I talk to will start with diet. When that doesn’t work they try exercise and when that doesn’t work they become discouraged and give up feeling that nothing works.
Belly fat, body fat, flabby muscles, and a weak core require a fine tuned system of diet and exercise working together to achieve the healthy, strong, attractive body you so long to have.
Losing your Belly after A C-Section Starts with a Good Diet
I hate the word ‘diet’. It sounds like deprivation — and we all know 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 while on a diet you’re NOT dieting correctly.
For C-section moms your body is healing so you need nutrients that help you heal. And if you’re breastfeeding you can’t really “diet” because your baby needs nourishment.
To effectively lose your belly you need to eat foods that your body needs to heal while at the same time losing the fat. In other words you have to be very aware of what you are eating.
There are thousands of ‘diets’ out there but honestly I don’t recommend any of them. Start by eating sensibly. Skip fatty snacks, chips, desserts, starchy and sugary foods and eat things like fruits, nuts, lean meats, chicken and fish. If you need to snack eat things like yogurt, nuts, protein bars and dark chocolate. Of course always drink plenty of water.
Lose Your C-Section Belly With Effective Exercise
Sit-ups and crunches are not effective exercise.
In fact sit-ups and ab crunches are a no-no after C-Section surgery. These types of exercise done too soon after a C-Section can cause diastasis recti. This is a separation of the abdominal muscles that will leave you with a ‘pooch’ that’s difficult to get rid of.
Effective exercise is strengthening your core. That doesn’t mean high impact, crazy aerobics that only tire you out and make exercise drudgery.
Instead do exercises that engage the 3 pelvic muscles, the urethra, vagina, anus. Do pelvic floor exercises that engage the pelvic muscles in these three areas.
All your movement relies on your core and pelvic floor stability so walk, jump, squat, lunge and rotate to give these areas the toning workout required to achieve that stability.
Diet & Exercise Together is How to Lose Your Belly after a C-Section
If you’ve had little to no success with diet and exercise it’s probably because you’re doing one with out the other. Diet and exercise need to work simultaneously.
Here’s the misconception…
Abdominal exercises alone won’t get rid of the belly fat and diet alone won’t get rid of it either.
A flatter, less fatty belly comes from the combination of raising your metabolism rate, losing belly fat and strengthening your abdominal muscles.
Effective toning and loss of belly fat has to combine:
- Strengthening Your abdominal muscles
- Raising your metabolism
- Reducing Fat
Adapt A Positive Mind Set
Love and respect your body
It’s not enough to want a great looking body, you have to love and respect your body too. That means strengthening it, nourishing it and move it with pride. None of these elements of a great looking body works alone.
A safe, effective exercise program works best with proper nourishment and all of this works together to build confidence in your appearance. You’ll exercise, walk, breathe and relax that creates a confidence with your body.
Have you ever heard the phrase. Change the way you think and you’ll change your life”?
That’s what thinking your way to a slimmer more trim body is all about. How you think is how you’ll change. You need a relationship with food and your body that works FOR you, not against you.
You might be exercising but you’re making the wrong food choices. Or you make have great food choices but doing the wrong exercises or not doing them consistently. These are the things that keep you from having the toned body that you want so it’s important to be in sync with all of it.
Losing your C-Section belly doesn’t have to be rigorous or strenuous. But it’s hard going it alone. There’s so much information on core strengthening and do’s and don’ts that it’s confusing, not to mention discouraging when nothing works quite like you expected.
I’d recommend looking into the MUTU System of core strengthening. It’s designed for all moms to regain a flatter tummy after childbirth, even C-Section moms and moms suffering from Diastasis Recti.
It doesn’t matter how you developed your pooching belly, the fix is the same. Core strengthening combined with a healthy diet using the MUTU system has been what women have been looking for when it comes to having a flatter stomach, and being strong, fit and confident.
Here’s to a flatter belly and a more beautiful you
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