Be gone jelly belly! We’ve got the easy way to getting a flat stomach after having a baby
Whether you had a baby two months or two years ago, you can lose your mum tum – that jiggly little pouch around your belly button – without a single sit up.
‘I train a lot of new mums,’ says A-list trainer James Duigan, author of Clean & Lean Flat Tummy Fast (£12.99, Kyle Books). ‘And it’s easier to lose your mum tum than you think.’
1 Take a fish oil
‘It’s one of the first things I tell my new mum clients,’ says James. ‘They turn on your fat-burning hormones and switch off your fat storing ones.’ They’re particularly good at targeting the fat around your mid-section, which is where a lot of mums tend to store it.
Take three capsules a day, one with each meal. Try Wild Nutrition High Strength Omega 3 (£25 for 60 capsules, www.wildnutrition.co.uk).
2 Do your pelvic floor exercises
These moves act as an internal corset for your stomach, flattening it from the inside. Your pelvic floor muscles are the ones you’d use to stop yourself from peeing mid flow.
Squeeze and clench them up to 10 times, three or four times a day.
3 Do The Stomach Vacuum
Start on all fours with your back straight, arms slightly bent at the elbows. Relax your abdominals and take a big breath in so your belly extends towards the floor.
‘Slowly exhale and draw your belly button towards your spine, doing a pelvic floor exercise at the same time,’ says James. ‘Keep your back straight at all times. Once the air is all gone hold your belly towards your spine for five seconds.’
Repeat up to 20 times. This is a fantastic – yet gentle – move to tone your stomach.
4 Avoid sugar
It converts straight to fat in your body and it’s stored right around your stomach and waist.
As well as the usual culprits like biscuits and sweets, avoid breakfast bars, low-fat yoghurts and soft drinks.
5 Cut down on coffee
While it’s tempting to rely on coffee in the early weeks and months of motherhood, try your hardest to stick to two cups a day. Caffeine, if drunk excessively, encourages the stress hormone cortisol to be released into your body which in turn leads to fat storage around your waist and stomach.
So stick to one or two cups of coffee, or better still, three or four green teas which still contain caffeine but are also full of health-boosting antioxidants.
What part of your post-baby body do you want to tone up most? Let us know in the comments box below.