How can I get my tummy flat after having two kids?

Question

Hey Lisa how are you? I am a mother of 2 and after the second child I can’t seem to get my stomach flat again, please help!

Submitted by Khuzwayo on 12 January 2015

Answer

This is perhaps the most frequent question I get asked, so you are not alone :) Remember that there is no such thing as spot training – you can’t train your tummy alone and expect to see results there. You need to blast fat all over your body before you’ll start seeing it in the areas you want. My advice is to make exercise regular, and incorporate sprinting intervals into your cardio sessions, proven to target more abdominal fat. Then include plenty of  compound exercises, where large muscle groups are targeted simultaneously (squats with shoulder press, lunges with bicep curls etc), which will keep your metabolism fired up for longer. I only workout from home, so a few pairs of dumbbells is all you need to kit out your home for a workout. Technique is also very important for tummy exercises, you need to pull your belly button in towards your spine during your contractions rather than allow it to push out when under strain. I prefer twisting ab exercises to just linear ones, and planking is a great full core workout. If motivation is tough for you, invest in fitness DVDS – a great and affordable way to train under supervision at home. Don’t forget the role that nutrition plays in a flat belly as well. Breast feeding is an even more valiant reason for eating clean – and a cleaner diet could be your ticket to the results you want. Sodium and sugar reduction are your fastest keys to great results.

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