After having a baby, one of the biggest concerns for most women is trying to figure out a way how to achieve a flat midsection. Many women gain a lot of weight from pregnancy and as a result, lose a lot of definition in their midsection, possibly even gaining a lot of flab. Here six ways you can lose your mommy tummy.
Cut back on the carbs
One of the biggest reasons why many women have issues with losing weight around their midsection is because they are consuming way too many carbohydrates. Women should limit their carbohydrate intake to low-glycemic fruits and vegetables. Consuming too many starchy carbohydrates such as grains and rice can easily lead to fat gain.
Train with weights
Women looking for a firm midsection should avoid doing too much cardio and definitely train with weights. Performing resistance-based exercises such as squats, deadlifts, chin ups and presses can help women increase their lean muscle mass, thus improving their metabolism and shed excess fat around their midsection. It is good to occasionally lift heavy and avoid training with light weights. Avoid doing hundreds of ab workouts like crunches, sit ups and other typical “ab exercises”. These exercises actually will make the abdominal trunk tight and will give the midsection a more bloated, round look.
Aside from running endlessly on a treadmill or doing working out an elliptial machine, women should try to perform anaerobic sprints. These intense, explosive sprints will help shed vicsceral fat which commonly found around the midsection. A sprint training session is so intense, that it will only last for no more than ten to fifteen minutes.
Take Vitamin C
Vitamin C can help women reduce their cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone associated with stress. When cortisol is elevated, the body has a tendency to store fat around the midsection and even breakdown muscle mass for energy. Women should take at least 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams of Vitamin C, especially after a workout in order to help shed excess fat around the midsection.
Drink plentiful water
It is very important to drink at least half a gallon of water a day. When the body is dehydrated, there is a higher tendency for the body to store water weight, thus giving women a more bloated look. Increased water intake will help reduce bloating around the midsection, speed up metabolism and improve energy levels. Avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and sugary, carbonated beverages.
Get plenty rest
Getting plentiful rest will allow the body to recovery from daily stress, thus keeping cortisol levels relatively low. Not only will getting plentiful rest allow the body to keep cortisol levels at bay, but also lower ghrelin levels, a hormone that regulates appetite. Women should aim to get at least seven to nine hours of deep sleep a night.
Achieving a flat tummy doesn’t have to be incredibly difficult. It’s just important for individuals to pay attention to their diets by eating real, whole natural foods such as lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Also, women should always make sure their workouts are filled with intensity. Intense workouts coupled with the right nutrition will help blast fat away from the midsection in no time.
Jess Janson is currently blogging for Shannon Mulligan Photography. She enjoys blogging about couples advice, pregnancy tips and enjoys providing help to new mommies. She is a proud parent of two.