How to lose tummy fat post baby birth ? How to lose that lil pouch on my tummy ? How to tone my tummy ? I look pregnant even after delivery , why ? All these questions arise in every mom’s mind post baby birth. In this post, I am going to share 15 amazing tips and tricks which could help you to tone that family pack 🙂
Our body is designed such as to minimize the energy content and create fat storage for future requirements of our body. So it converts the food consumed and reserves as fat in the areas like midriff , buttocks, hips and thighs for women which has nil or lesser activity. The midsection of our body is best suited for depositing fat as it takes less energy to take it around.
My Tummy Story – Post Baby
Post my delivery , I too had that lil pouch. I neglected it until one day, when my manager asked me “Uhh you had a C section ? Your tummy has bulged out !!” . It was then a feel of consciousness and shame struck me . I went back home that day and promised that I will get rid of my flab while eating everything I could, at the same time nursing Anshika.
All what I say is from my experience. So feel free to try it out mommas 🙂
1. Breastfeeding Burns !!
Oh yes, don’t worry , breastfeeding burns calories 🙂 !! This is one exercise that doesn’t take much of physical exertion , but helps to burn that fat off your body. Breastfeeding helps a mom to burn about 500 calories a day !! So breastfeeding combined with other small household chores can help you get rid of that family pack 🙂
2. Tummy Bands / Belly Belts
Tummy Bands or Belly Belts help to keep your tummy from bulging out especially in the initial months post delivery . Traditionally a cotton sari is worn tight around the tummy covering the midriff area. But for me , I felt so irritated and uncomfortable whenever I wore it, so post 3- 4 days, I said NO to it . But TRUTH to be said , it works !!
Tummy bands and belly belts of various prices and sizes are available in the market. You can opt for a good quality one. It surely helps here.
3. Early Dinner Wins !!
As moms , we are found running after that naughty toddler or nursing our little munchkin which makes us hell-o-tired by the end of the day. So my first mantra is , make sure you have your last meal of a day within 7.30 PM. Ok , 8 PM is the max 🙂
This helps your body to digest the food properly before your sleep, so that all the calories consumed then is converted to energy and NOT fat !
4. Have Carbs For Dinner (but early)
I am a carbs person, I can’t have an ‘ only protein , no carbs ‘ dinner , so what I do is I have my carbs like rice/whole wheat pasta/ tapioca/roti/fulka/chappati at around 6.30 – 7.00 PM and then round off with dal and other nutritious smaller meals for my dinner. So the intake of small meals give my body enough time to digest properly without adding to the fat content in my tummy area.
According to me, to have a sound sleep post a tiring day, a human being should have carbs for dinner. So don’t skip rice or roti even at night.
I had the habit of having brown rice whenever I felt hungry at night. So gradually it started showing up in my tummy. I have it even now, but has changed the timings (before 8 PM) 🙂
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5. Grab That Cuppa Lemon Water or eat a fruit!!
Yes, first thing in the morning after waking up is to have a glass of warm water mixed with juice of half a lemon. It helps to remove the toxins from our body as it interacts with the digestive enzymes.
You should wake up to a real fruit always. If you prefer to have lemon water, have a fruit after 10 to 15 minutes.
6. Short Meals, Happy Meals
Instead of having a mega 3 main meals, break those into 5-6 shorter meals.
Example instead of having 4 rotis with ghee, rice, chicken curry and salads, have a bowl of salads only first. Then have 1 or 2 ghee rotis with a bowl of chicken curry post 3 hours.
7. Yes To Whole Fruits & Vegetables!!
Instead of having juices, try to have whole fruits and veggies. The fibre helps here 🙂
8. Hello Whole Grains !
Whole grains are again rich sources of dietery fibre, helping you to eat less for the next meal
9. Popcorn Minus Butter & Salt = Less Tummy Fat
Yes, going to the movie theatre with that big tub of buttered popcorn is a big NO!! High salt content and butter makes that good healthy popcorn a belly fat booster !! So indulge in salt free / low salted butter free popcorn tub and enjoy your favorite movie 🙂
10. Exercise, Exercise
Indulge in exercises to burn those fat gallons in your body.
Please refrain from toning your abs muscles alone as your body as a whole, should be given proper exercise. Cycling, skipping or even walking for 40 minutes daily helps to burn the unwanted fat from your body.
If you are so fed up with gymming sessions, do enroll for zumba or yoga sessions.
11. P for Processed Foods !!
Stay away from those packaged potato chips be it any flavor. Stay away from bakery products which are made out of maida, the fiberless, bleached, refined and powdered version of wheat .
Best way to say NO to these is NOT buying and storing this in your home. It works for me all the time 🙂
So whenever I am hungry , I have to go for healthy nutritious meas, as there is no stock of processed food packets / instant food packets at home 😛
12. More Oil = More Fat
As a Keralite, I have the habit of using coconut oil or any other oil for cooking in excess. So to control that bad habit, I replaced the large nozzle cap of oil bottles with small ones. So whenever I use those, I get a limited amount of oil, keeping my cooking oil usage under check. You can also use a teaspoon if you don’t want to spend on small nozzled bottles
Keep in mind that you should use ghee and oil everyday in your cooking, but do not over use it in the form of deep frying every day.
13. Water , Water everywhere !!
Yes, drink water until your urine turns clear. But not in a single go, it will make your tummy to bloat even more. So make it a point to have a glass of water every 2 hours.
At my office, I make it a point to finish my 2 water bottles a day thereby helping me to know my water intake on an everyday basis.
You can also indulge in juices / butter milk / coconut water for adequate hydration.
14. Beauty Sleep
Now this is a bit difficult for moms especially new moms . Less sleep leads to cortisol hormones imbalance , leading to deposition of tummy fat.
My funda is sleep whenever you can 🙂
15. Get Inspired
Now this is the most important , and easy peasy one !!
Simple, switch on the TV and watch any movie or Bollywood song. The heroines inspire me, I think of the strict diet regimes , exercises and the sacrifices they have made to look and feel good . After watching a song or two , I am fully inspired , BANG ON !!
Track Pants and Sports Shoes On !! Bhaag Momma Bhaag !! :):)
Do share with me your tips and tricks to lose tummy fat 🙂