how to lose post pregnancy weight

#YummyMummy: How to Get Rid of Your Post-Baby Tummy

Shaistha Khan

Guest Contributor

Let’s get real - we are not exactly celebrities. Yet, when Malaika Arora Khan steps out looking as glamorous as ever right after her delivery, we want to cry just a little bit. Even though we would love to have a post-baby body à la Malaika Arora Khan or Shilpa Shetty, there's a high likelihood that losing the baby weight will take longer than you think. Realistically, it might even take up to a year for your body to get back to its pre-baby weight and shape.

To make your life easier, we give you some simple exercises and tips for losing that postpartum weight, specifically around the tummy.

However, before you begin any workout regime, consult your doctor and get their go-ahead. Typically, this should be 2-3 months after giving birth or longer if you have had a C-section.

1. Walking

how to lose post pregnancy weight

Slow to medium paced walks are a practical and strenuous way of losing the post-baby weight. Rather than focusing solely on tummy flab, start with easy walks as it ensures overall weight loss.

2. Aerobics

how to lose post pregnancy weight

Once you can keep up with the energy level, and have settled into a regular exercise regime, try aerobics (look up a few fun dance aerobic videos) between intervals of walking, fast walking and sprinting.

3. Strength Training

Finally, move into toning your muscles by adding combination exercises that work multiple muscles. Combined with walking and other aerobics, the following exercises help in losing the pooch and building core strength.

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Step 1: Lie down on your back, with your arms by your side.

Step 2: Slowly, lift your legs towards the ceiling. Make sure your lower back is flat on the ground and not arched

Step 3: Slowly, bring your legs down, stopping just before you touch the ground. The closer your feet are to the ground, the harder of a workout your abs are getting.

Step 4: Start with 8 times for 2 sets of each. As your abdominals get stronger, increase the sets.

The Bridge
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Step 1: Lie down on your back, with knees bent and feet firmly on the ground.

Step 2: Keep your arms to your side and while inhaling, suck your stomach in. Imagine your belly button is gravitating towards the ground.

Step 3: Slowly raise your pelvis, exhaling while you do so. Hold in that position for 5 seconds. Take another deep breath.

Step 4: Exhale and go back down. Repeat 8 times for 2 sets each.

Basic Crunches
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Step 1: Lie down on your back, with knees bent and feet firmly on the ground.

Step 2: Place your hands behind your head and look straight up ahead

Step 3: Lift your head and shoulders off the ground.

Step 4: Repeat 8 times for 2 sets each.

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This awesome 8-minute abs workout is perfect for banishing that tummy!

4. A Healthy Diet

how to lose post pregnancy weight

Also, it is equally important to follow a well-balanced diet that is within 1,600-2,400 calories (depending on your requirements). To lose a pound a week, cut out 500 calories a day either by decreasing your food intake or increasing your activity level. Resist the urge to go on a restrictive diet and instead:

  • Stick to unprocessed and natural foods such as oats, whole-wheat and grains

  • Opt for Superfoods that keep you full longer and give you all the nutrients that you need. For example, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, eggs, leafy greens and salmon.

  • Choose broiled or baked food, rather than fried food

  • Limit your intake of sugar and fat

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Published on Mar 26, 2015
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