Getting your belly back is what most postpartum moms look forward to. For those who had a vaginal delivery, they begin almost immediately wearing tummy corsets/waist trainers, going the traditional way some use a wrapper to make a cord and tie it firmly around the belly. For those who had a C-section they wait a while to be sure uterine scars are healed before they wear tummy corset. Women always want to feel confident about their look and find ways to achieve that. However, the period of nursing is not the time to be on a strict weight loss diet. Below are simple ways you can gradually lose that belly fat while nursing healthily:
- Breastfeed: Yes you heard me! For moms who breastfeed exclusively, there is a better chance of losing belly fat. Women who exclusively breastfeed during the first three months after birth lose more weight than those who don’t, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Breastfeeding burns calories and helps your uterus go back to its normal state, making your tummy look smaller.
- Drink lots of water: water is essential to the human body, especially during nursing, you need lots of fluid to aid adequate amount of milk production. Water also helps you feel full so you don’t over eat. Portion control is important for gradual weight loss and water helps you achieve that. The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) recommends drinking 8-12 glasses of water per day.
- Eat healthily: eating the right kind of food helps you lose belly fat. Eat more fruits and vegetables, protein food has a way of keeping you full for a long time, eat only when hungry, snack on fruits vegetables and nuts, eat carbs because you need it but not excessively. Replace your oils with healthy oils like coconut oil, fibre foods also help like beans, millet, oat etc. See health benefits of coconut oil.
- Exercise: Exercising is one of the ways you can lose belly fat. Walking, running, jogging are aerobic exercises that you can perform to lose belly fat. Cardiovascular exercise will not affect your milk supply and will help target belly fat, as written in a University of Illinois study published in a 2009 edition of the “American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism.”
- Cut down on sugary food and drinks: Eating foods and drinks with increased amount of sugar does not add any nutritional value to you but rather can lead to fat storing around your abdominal region(belly fat). Sugary drinks and foods have high-calorie content and so should be avoided. See how to calculate your daily calorie