10 TOP EXERCISES & TIPS TO REDUCE BELLY FAT AFTER PREGNANCY:
1. BREAST FEEDING:
Breast feeding is not only good
for the baby, it is good for reducing belly fat too. Breast feeding
helps shrink our uterus and greatly helps reduce belly fat. It also
burns 400 to 500 calories per day which is a huge plus. Try to breast
feed for at least a year, it will benefit both the baby and yourself.
You can find remedies to increase breast milk here.
2. GARLIC SOUP:
mom used to give me garlic soup every day after delivery. It helps
increase breast milk and also reduces belly fat. To make garlic soup,
pound 1/4 tsp each of cumin seeds and black pepper corns coarsely in a
mortar and pestle. Now heat 1/4 tsp of unrefined sesame oil in a pan.
Add finely cut garlic to the pan and fry for few seconds. Now add the
pounded cumin and black pepper and fry for few seconds. Finely add a cup
of boiled toor dhal water got by boiling 1 tbsp of toor dhal with 1 cup
of water and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder till mushy. Boil for 5 minutes
with required amount of salt and switch off.
3. POSTPARTUM BELLY WRAP:
after child birth, we apply herbal warps followed by a gentle massage
to tone the stomach muscles. For the herbal wrap, boil a liter of water
with herbs of your choice for 5 minutes till the water is infused with
the herbs and strain. Use herbs that heal, stimulate and cleanse. I have
used ginger and lemon grass pounded well together. To use, dip a tick
cotton cloth in the herb infused water, squeeze out excess and place it
on the stomach for 15 minutes or till the cloth looses it’s heat.
with pure plant based oils, helps reduce belly fat very fast. It is
especially useful, if done after applying the belly wrap. Generally we
use unrefined oils like sesame oil or coconut oil for massage but I like
to mix equal quantities of virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive
oil along with the contents of 1 vitamin e oil mixed together for
massage. Try to do the belly wrap followed by the massage at least
weekly twice or thrice for best results.
know it will be hard to relax with a new born baby. In our village it
is a custom to visit the newborn baby so we will be having visitors
throughout the day for the first few months which makes it extremely
hard to get some time to ourselves. But I made sure to spend some time
for myself, everyday evening I used to take a short walk around the
farm. This relaxed me and kept me energized the rest of the day. Even if
it is for 15 minutes, take some time for yourself and do the thing you
love, it will help you relax.
6. EAT HOME COOKED NUTRITIOUS MEALS:
is very very important if you want to lose belly fat and also breast
feed your child. Eating fresh home cooked meals will ensure that you get
all the nutrients while breast feeding and this will go a long way in
preventing many problems like hair fall which many women face after
delivery. Usually home cooked meals are low in fat and high in fiber and
nutrients so it will keep us satiated for a long time. Try your best not to eat
prepackaged foods and highly processed foods at all.
These were the three exercises my doctor taught me to firm and lose belly fat quickly. My friend agreed to demonstrate the exercises for me :). Though I have given a certain number of sets to do for each exercise, start with the number of repetitions you are comfortable with…
7. LEG RAISES:
on your back with your legs straight and together. Now slowly lift the
legs together as much as you can. Hold for few seconds and then slowly
bring the legs back to the ground. Do three sets of five.
flat and place your hands behind the head. Now slowly curl forward,
hold for few seconds and come back to the original position. When doing
crunches, never pull your neck forward. Try to do three sets of ten.
do plank, get into push up position. Bend your elbows 90 degrees and
rest your weight on your forearms. The elbows should be beneath the
shoulders and the body should form a straight line. Hold this position
as long as you can. Do it three times.
10. TAKING IN THE STOMACH WHILE BREAST FEEDING:
is an another tip from my grandma, she used to regularly advice me to
take in my stomach while feeding. Taking in our stomach helps strengthen
the stomach muscles and if we do it each time we feed our baby, it will
greatly help strengthen the stomach muscles and help us lose belly fat…