Losing the baby weight

Question

I had a baby 7 months ago and I am exercising at least 4 times a week for 60-minutes at a time with 15-minute stomach exercises. However, still my tummy stays there and it feels flabby. It feels like I look worse now as every other part of my body is starting to tone- and my tummy is fat and flabby! HELP??? WHAT CAN I DO?

Submitted by Salomiendk on 4 March 2015

Answer

Hi there! Don’t worry, you are not alone – this is the single most frequent question I get asked. There are three parts to it. First, you cannot spot train – you need to lose weight all over before you see it in the places you want, although it does sound like you are training the body as a whole. My suggestion would be to skip the 60 minute workouts and rather focus on explosive exercise with high intensity intervals, for shorter periods. For example: an hour of low intensity steady state cardio has been shown to burn LESS calories than just 6 30-second sprints! Obviously with rest periods in between. Cardio exercise really needs to be explosive for maximum benefits, and on the upside you can do much less of it. Second: your posture, technique and types of exercises are critical when training abs. I find that tough full body resistance training without particular emphasis on the abs is so effective, because you don’t always want to BUILD your ab muscles, but rather lose the fat around it. So if there are thousands of crunches in your workout – give those a skip. Great ab exercises are planks and their many variations, and the superman variations. When training abs, your focus must ALWAYS be on pulling the abs right back in towards your spine. This is working the transverse abdominus – your very inner ‘corset’ core muscles, which are far more important than your superficial surface six-pack muscles. Sometimes we tend to push the tummy out a bit when training it, so it’s very important to always tightly pull your tummy right in. Once the transverse abdominus is tight, everything on top of it will appear flatter. Third and finally – nutrition plays a big role. Your results will simply not be great until you clean up your diet. Lean proteins, healthy fats, plenty of water, lower sodium and sugar levels and fibre and probiotics all go a long way in sculpting a flat tummy. Good luck!

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