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Nancy Ripton 

Just because you’ve had a baby doesn’t mean you’re destined to have a muffin top belly for life. Here’s how to reclaim your flat tummy–and look better than ever.

They say every body is unique, but after a woman has her first baby no tummy is immune to holding onto a little extra weight. Add that women are having babies later in life and it makes it even harder to shed those extra pounds. Our metabolism peaks between age 25 and 28. After that, we need to work hard to build muscle or our bodies will have a harder time losing fat.

The good news is our bodies are incredibly resilient. In the early months after baby, breastfeeding can help you burn an extra 500 calories a day and melt away extra pounds. But some women find themselves with a muffin top years after having a baby. Here’s how to flatten your tummy at any stage after baby:

1. Become a strong woman: Spot reduction doesn’t work so it’s not enough to do sit-ups every day–you need to strength train your entire body. Muscle mass boosts your metabolism, forcing your body to burn more calories–even at rest. Do a total-body strength program two or three times a week.

2. Strengthen up on the job: No time for the gym? Set aside one-minute a day to do squats as a computer break; then another minute to do inclined pushups against the kitchen counter while you’re making dinner. You’re kids will think it’s hilarious and you’ll be surprised how quickly you see results!

3. Make your life more active: You don’t need to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes in a row to get the benefits of cardiovascular exercise. Finding little ways to move more during the day will boast the same weight-loss success. Park your car five minutes away and walk to work or the mall. Garden. Play with your kids at the park. Take the stairs.

4. Fill up with fiber: Studies have found that a high-fiber diet will decrease body fat independent of other dietary changes. Aim for 25 to 35 grams per day through vegetables, multi-grain breads and cereals.

5. Drink up: Carry a bottle of water and aim to drink two liters throughout the day. Not only will it fill you up to prevent snacking when you’re not really hungry but proper hydration reduces bloating.

For more advice on how to shed your pregnancy weight click here or log onto justthefactsbaby.com



03/10/2012 09:24

Thanks for the tips! I am currently trying to get healthy. On top of my exercise class I am increasing the amount of walking I do by adding a further bus stop every couple of days. :)

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This post stands so true. It's unbelievable what a few simple changes in lifestyle can do not only for you, but your body. I struggled for the longest time with Mommy tummy. Now that I've increased strength training, water intake and added fiber filled meals to my diet the weight is coming off. Never thought I'd see the day.


Michelle Huegel
05/07/2012 14:02

Great tips! After 3 babies in quick succession, I feel like I have a permanent "muffin top" :( - need to get my act together and work on losing it!


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