how do you lose the baby fat and tone your tummy??
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SIMPLE: less calories IN, more calories OUT. Do NOT go for any fads or just plain crazy rules like "when to eat" and "food combos". That stuff is just plain BS. I have been an athlete my entire life, and have trained with some of the best Personal Trainers and nutritionists.
The rule for baby weight is: it took you 9 months to put it on, so figure 9 months to a year to lose it. If you are nursing, you can expect that weight to come off just a tad quicker than if you do not nurse.
Sugar is the BIGGEST enemy for weight loss. It hikes up your insulin levels and causes your body to store fat (in laymen's terms).
PORTIONS are key! People in the USA eat WAAAAAAY to much food. The portions are OUTRAGEOUS!
You do need to MOVE as well. Even if it is just walking. Try to get the baby out in a stroller and go for long walks.
The more MUSCLE you have, the more calories you burn! Muscle is metabolically active! Don't just do cardio....lift weights/strength train!
Btw, you CANNOT "Spot reduce". That is another bs statement you will hear. Your body will not just pull fat from one area. It reduces fat all over.
I suggest (if you can) you head to a local gym and sign up for a free pt session. You may laugh when I suggest this, but Bob and Jillian from THE BIGGEST LOSER have personal websites, and yes, they really do KNOW their stuff. They hold multiple certs in fitness and nutrition.
Just remember the GOLDEN RULE:::: less calories in, more calories out and you WILL lose weight (but you want to lose BODY FAT....not just scale weight)
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Janise - posted on 11/30/2012
Hi Krystal, I'm new and just saw your post. I battled with my mommy tummy months after losing my baby weight. I've written an article about my battle with this and how I was able to lose the belly fat without surgeries or going to the gym. You can find the article here if you're still interested in reading. Good luck! It can be done it just takes some time and the right exercises! http://mamainheels.com/2012/11/21/mommy-...
Nani - posted on 01/31/2010
I'm not real big on diets and getting fit at the gym, my suggestion would be go to Walmart-K-mart-Target pick a reasonable priced get fit workout DVD that targets those areas your trying to work out. If your already cutting down fats and sugars in your diet you have to remember you had a baby those muscles need to tighten up again. Also there are no quick schemes you just have to keep at it and let time work out those area's of concern. Having a baby can be expensive so work within your budget don't get a membership to a place thats breaking your budget, go to parks and walk. Think about how your going to make this work for you physically and financially. More people are bent on buying new food, new memberships, new everything and why?, when you have everything you could possibly need thats free. Good Luck...
Corinne - posted on 01/31/2010
I am a physical therapist and have to say core stabilization is the key, especially working the transverse abdominal musculature which is the deepest layer of the abdominals. Think of trying to bring your belly button closer to your spine without holding your breath. This can also be combined with a kegel by thinking of pulling a marble up and into the vagina. First tightening the transverse abdominal musculature and then doing exercises like pilates on the floor or on the ball can be helpful. It is hard to try to work this into your day, I am having difficulty getting into the routine with a 7 week old. I have also found the Wii EA Sports More Active helpful for at home exercise although some of the abdominal exercises were difficult at first.
After my daughter I started pilates. You can buy the dvds and do them while the little one is taking a nap. It's not stressful but it's very effective. But I must confess I lost the most weight doing Billy Blanks Tae Bo. It's great for stress relief, cardio and muscle build up. Plus its fun and in 30 minutes you can get your butt kicked but feel great. I recommend the fat blasting series with the elastic bands. Talk about major results in a short period of time. And you can do all of this from home in any spare time you may have, which I know is not much.
Susan - posted on 01/30/2010
I lost 20 kg's when my daughter completed 5 months and have another 1 to go , i just bf , walked on the treadmill for 30 mins and did some stomach exercises, although im close to my pre-pregnancy weight i don feel the same ,my tummy is still not firm :-(...
Nina - posted on 01/30/2010
I was a volunteer fitness leader at my old gym, I taught core training exercises. they are great, they will kick your butt the first week or so, but you will see results quickly, also after a work out be sure to drink a protein shake to help your body. Eat some yoplait or something for snacks and lots of green foods, broccoli, green beans etc...
Natalie - posted on 01/30/2010
I have a 7month old baby boy and just started walking weekly 2 afternoons a week and trying to eat a little better although chocolate is my vice. Im hoping to see some results soo have 10kg to lose by april if possible. I am breastfeeding so if anyone has any advise on how to loose weight while bf please share :)
Jessica - posted on 01/29/2010
I have tried a diet pill that is called phentermine and also work out on the wii i have lost a total of 16 lbs. My stomach is reducing each day and the pill just makes you not want to eat than what your stomach was accustomed to while you were pregnant. But that is what i have done if you can not take pills then this not for you, but you can still try out the wii fitness plus..
Celeste - posted on 01/29/2010
being a mom of 2 boys one 11 yrs and the other is 5yrs both times I found it hard to get rid of that baby weight. For me I did alot of crunches using the baby as a weight. I wish I would had a exercise ball back then it would made it a little better on my back. If you use a exercise ball I would hold your baby up in the air like a airplane and slowly move upper body up and repeat until your arms give out. Then you can say you worked your arms and your abs at the same time. After a few months you will diffently see results. I hope you find this helpful.
Leila - posted on 01/28/2010
Hi..pram walks, housework, when u are feeding u can do pelvis floors and also pull ur abs in when u breath out...this alone helps hugely....take small steps everyday its takes time be good to yourself 9 months of preg..best wishes x
Christina - posted on 01/28/2010
I wish I knew... my youngest is two and I'm currently working on losing 20 lbs. Lot's of cardio - it's the only way to burn calories from fat. But all the fact won't help if you don't get up and move! I agree with nothing after 7 and portion control, but for toning, you've got to move your body. I'm a big fan of YOGA... a fantastic full body workout that really does include cardio, and it's low impact - so it's no stress on your joints but killer on your muscles.
Sherril - posted on 01/28/2010
I have 4 kids, I was really slim after number 3 but then gave up smoking and put on 17 kgs. After having no 4 I still haven't lost the last 12 kgs and get very frustrated! working full time means no time for gym and yo yo diets are a temporary solution
Candace - posted on 01/27/2010
I walked mine off. Fast walking. Take your baby in the stroller and go to town on the walking. To tone your tummy use house chores to do this. For instance you bend over to pick up the laundry basket, reach up for stuff. Etc. Drink plenty of water, eat veggies and fruits. Cut out cokes to one or 2 a day and you will notice a difference.
Cassandra - posted on 01/27/2010
Get an Exercise ball... and do crunches off that... do it while you are watching Tv w/ the baby right next to you and during your fav movie... lots of Cardio...dont eat less than three hrs before you go to bed...no soda...take multi vit...and try snacking more during the day and less big meals!
Bradi - posted on 01/27/2010
The following was submitted by a Butterfly Mom- happy to share from MyWorkButterfly.com in partnership with Circle of Moms!
A few weeks ago I shared some simple weight loss math:
3500 Calories = 1 pound of fat
10 minutes of aerobic activity = about 100 calories burned
500 calories less (through changes in eating or exercise) per day = 1 pound lost per week
When it is all spelled out like that, it seems so easy and straightforward, doesn't it? But we all know it isn't quite that simple. Because making it all happen consistently - the exercise, the healthy eating - is hard!
Have you ever wondered why you lose weight, only to sabotage yourself and put the weight right back on? Before you get angry, frustrated and discouraged with yourself, give yourself some compassion because here may be a few reasons why you’re doing it.
While you may think it’s natural to want to lose excess weight, have you ever thought of what those extra pounds may be providing? Many people, whether they realize it or not, keep weight on...on purpose. There are many reasons for this.
1) Weight can provide a protective barrier - Remember when you used to hide behind your mom’s leg when you were scared? You may be using the excess weight to provide that same protection for you now. Maybe there are reasons why looking or feeling sexy or attractive brings about fear or discomfort for you, so keeping the weight on prevents those uncomfortable feelings from arising.
2) Being overweight is comfortable - Another reason you may keep weight on is because you’re unsure or uncomfortable with the expectations that may be placed on you with a new, fit, sexy body. At your current weight, you know what’s expected of you and there’s a sense of familiarity with it all. These feelings may be easier to deal with than the discomfort of the unknown; even if what’s familiar is being overweight and unhappy.
3) Partners in crime - Still another reason you may be keeping weight on may involve a partner. Maybe eating together is a connection you both have or cooking together is an activity you both share. Rather than risk breaking that bond, you continue the activity and habits you’ve developed to maintain that connection.
4) Being attractive could be a threat - Yet another reason may have to do with the threat a partner may feel if your weight loss means more attention from the opposite sex, higher self esteem and a greater sense of self confidence. Perhaps your spouse or partner is insecure, jealous and feels threatened by what your new look and improved self confidence may bring. Instead of working through those issues, many women find it’s easier to keep the weight on to avoid “rocking the boat” with their partner.
5) Habits are hard to break - Another reason we may keep the weight on has to do with your habits. You may eat the same foods, at the same times, in the same places from day to day. These habits you’ve created are now deeply ingrained within you; they’re a habitual part of your daily routine. For example, maybe you’ve grown used to skipping breakfast, grabbing a fast food lunch, coming home to eat a big dinner and relaxing in front of the TV at the end of a long day with a bag of potato chips. While these habits may be familiar, they can play a significant role in keeping extra weight on.
I’ve worked with many moms who’ve lost weight, then find a way to sabotage their weight loss efforts and quickly gain it right back. While often it’s a question of creating healthier habits to get the weight off once and for all, sometimes it’s important to dig deep and see if there’s a reason why you’ve been intentionally keeping the weight on. Of course, if you discover something too difficult to work through alone, you may need to get additional support.
Just because something has been a certain way for a while, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way if it doesn’t work for you anymore. You can make any change to your thoughts, actions and habits in order to slowly and gently discover your best self. It starts with awareness and the desire to change something that’s not working for you.
Donna - posted on 01/27/2010
I wish i knew my youngest is five and still have some. Ive tried not eating chocolate and other rubbish and it helps a little. I stopped drinking fizzy pop too that was the best thing i ever did. When I first had my daughter i couldn't drive for about four months and had to walk everywhere I lost alot of weight even went to a smaller size than what I was.
Steph - posted on 01/26/2010
weight watchers was a great way to help me loose weight after my first baby. Not sure where you are located but in Toronto there is something called mommyandbabyfitness.com where we can workout with the baby. it's awesome. have a look to find out if this exists in your location. It's a great workout and you don't have the mommy guilt since your baby is with you as you workout. good luck!
Teresa - posted on 01/25/2010
It is hard. I have lost 58 kg since having my last Baby in 2006. Though I must say I don't think I will ever lse the tummy. Unless I win Lotto. I first started by joining a Mothers group called Fit Mum's. We walked and worked out with our babies doing lifts and using the pram help work out. We did it Twice a week. If you do't have one like that is your area try and get a group of your own hit up a Friend who is in the PT indistrie? it was great I lost 11 Kg there. The big thing is eating small meals offten and try and not eat the kids left overs. Drop the waste not idea. You don't need it in your body!
Veronica - posted on 01/25/2010
Here is a great tip -- cut juice out --- juice is loaded with sugars -- even cranberry juice (how else do they get it so sweet). If you want a fruity beverage, take fresh fruits, slice them up and put them in a little pitcher of water - really really refreshing and tasty! Much healthier choice.
Cinnamon - posted on 01/25/2010
My suggestion is to stop eating past 7 pm. Whenever I have to lose weight, I try to not eat anything after 7 pm and it really works. Also, doing some cardio helps.... just walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day. Get your heart rate up to about 150 and you are golden.
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