So the nine months are finally over and you are delighted with your lovely baby but now you are wondering how to lose baby belly fat. The sad fact is that our muscles expand over the time that baby is growing and often don’t just return to pre-baby tightness overnight if ever.
The best way to lose baby belly fat is by breastfeeding your baby. If you decide to do this, then you should throw out the diet books and concentrate on eating healthy until your baby is weaned. You both need all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you can get and this is not a time for counting calories. Obviously you do not want to eat loads of candy and cake either as all that sugar is not good for either you or baby. But don’t put yourself under pressure to get back into your pre-baby clothes too quickly. Nature will work her magic and help you achieve that goal without you getting stressed over it.
If you have decided not to breastfeed, then you will have a little more hard work on your hands to get rid of the belly fat. How much will depend on how much excess weight you put on while you were pregnant. If you followed a sensible eating plan while pregnant, continue with that plan now and give yourself time to lose the pounds. It will take a while and so long as you are losing up to 2lbs a week you are making progress.
Assuming you have had a natural delivery, you should start taking regular exercise which will assist in tightening up those muscles and also help you to slim down. If you had to have a section you need to take advice from your doctors as to which exercises are most appropriate. Please follow their advice as you have had major abdominal surgery and you don’t want to risk long term damage for the sake of your waistline.
Regular exercise using a combination of weight training and aerobic activities will help you to get back into shape. Increasing the quantity of fruit and vegetables in your diet and cutting down on empty calories such as those contained in fizzy drinks and alcohol will also help. Cook all your meals from scratch and opt for the low fat alternatives where possible. For example instead of frying, you should roast, grill or bake your meat. If you eat out, only ever have two courses and instead of desert try having a frozen yogurt or sorbet instead. If you want to have some snacks then make your own popcorn at home rather than eating chips.
Remember it took nine months to put on this excess weight so it is not realistic to expect it to disappear overnight. Your body needs time to recover after having a baby and soon your little one will be crawling around and giving you more than enough exercise. Take some time to enjoy this special time with your newborn. Don’t follow the celebrities in their quest on how to lose baby belly fat quickly but take a gradual approach. Believe me, you and your family will be much happier.