December 24, 2018

A flatter tummy after delivery can now become a reality with our specially curated home remedies. Here we are with the second part of How to get a flat tummy after delivery with a few more tips for you. The tips in this segment are all about eating right and keeping active. Read on!

1. Mind what you are eating.

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No, we don’t mean for you to starve in order to cut the flab. Nursing mums need a nutrient rich diet, so make sure you eat a balanced diet. However, eating small portions of the day at frequent intervals in much better than having large portions twice a day. And don’t skip breakfast at any cost!

  • Increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables such as papaya, grapefruit, broccoli and kale.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and fried food and cut down on salt and sugar.

2. Replace your tea with green tea

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This antioxidant rich drink is great for getting a flatter tummy. It boosts your metabolism and helps take you inches off your waistline by having a cup or two of it every day with regular exercise. However, green tea contains caffeine. So, if you are a nursing mother, have this drink in moderation. Also, green tea works best when had without milk or sugar. So stay away from sugar or artificial sweeteners in your cuppa.

3. An Apple A Day...

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An apple a day does not just keep the doctor away, it keeps tummy fat away too. The polyphenols in an apple give a major boost to your metabolism and encourages your body to burn fat faster as you exercise. The pectin in apples is great at targeting stubborn belly fat and this luscious red fruit is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants which makes it a food that keeps fat accumulation in check.

4. Garlic, anyone?

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Chewing on raw garlic might make your breath smell like garlic all day, but its benefits in getting a flat tummy cannot be ignored. Garlic contains allicin which makes it an ideal contender in helping you lose those inches. However, cooking garlic lowers the allicin significantly, and hence, raw garlic is the answer. Simply chew on a couple of raw garlic cloves and top it up with a glass of water with some honey in it.

5. Move it, move it!

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Yes we know motherhood is hard work. So once you are done cleaning, washing, feeding, and a multitude of other things, all you want to do is to slump down on the sofa and lament your increased waistline. Even though new mums know that they need to exercise in order to get back into shape, they often lack the motivation to actually get up and sweat it out. Knowing that no home remedy will actually work without you giving your body some form of exercise, might help you get motivated enough to get up and exercise.  

You can choose from a range of low to moderate intensity activities such as walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, etc. Once you have your overall fat accumulation in control, you cam aim for crunches, lunges, and planks which specifically target the belly fat.

However, stay away from high intensity workouts immediately after the delivery as it may lead to severe complications. If you have had a C-section delivery, start any physical exercise only after consulting the doctor.

When you start exercising, don’t push your body too much. Take it slow and gradually build up strength and stamina. Don’t rush to achieve targets and don’t overdo any activity.

 

Weight gain and adding inches to your waistline is a part and parcel of becoming a mother. So, don’t get too worked up over gaining a few pounds. Be consistent in your efforts towards cutting the flab, and surely you will get good results. If you think you have any underlying medical condition that is preventing you from losing weight normally, do consult your doctor. And remember, your waist-size does not matter to your baby. So stay happy always!

Missed the Part 1? Read it here.