Worried about the stubborn big belly after delivery? Sure, you want to flatten it. It’s not impossible to lose pregnancy tummy after delivery. You can pretty much achieve it at home by these easy home remedies:
1. Tummy tuck belt:
Be it a natural birth or C-section, you might be advised by your doctor to wear a tummy tuck belt soon after delivery. In the case of a C-section, your doctor might advise you to wait for a week, but you will have to confirm this with her. Wearing the belt for a few weeks until prescribed is sure to make a difference. You might also want to make your waist-band at home by wrapping cotton bands around your waist and then rolling another layer of soft cloth. It gives the cushion effect while also helping in to flatten your tummy.
2. Topical lotions:
While there are topical lotions available in the market that claim to reduce your belly, you need to watch out before you purchase one. Most of these should contain Collagen and Vitamins A, C, E, and K. Massaging them on your tummy will not only improve the blood flow but will also tighten your flabby tummy. However, you can also use home-made lotions for best results. One of the best home-made lotions is a blend of 250ml fresh grapes extract in 750ml of extra virgin olive oil. Sieve the pulp before adding it to the olive oil. Let the blend stay in the sun for a week in a bottle while shaking it at least twice a day. Topical application of this blend will give you a flat tummy.
3. Honey water and lemon:
A glass of lukewarm water with some fresh lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey before meals or on an empty stomach can help burn the tummy fat.
4. Green tea:
A cup of green tea on a daily basis can also help reduce the tummy fat. Green tea also has excellent antioxidative properties.
Apples contain pectin which is helpful in burning the excess tummy fat. The antioxidants in apple help in reducing the accumulation of excess fats.
6. Low-fat, balanced diet:
Include two portions of vegetables, two portions of fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, poultry, and low-fat dairy products in your everyday meal. Also, reduce sodium intake. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and collard greens, and cruciferous fruits such as papaya, mangoes, grapefruit, oranges, and lemons are good to help you lose abdominal fat.
7. Spacing out your meals:
Never skip your breakfast or meals. Have two heavy meals with three to four smaller meals at regular intervals. As a new breastfeeding mother, you need more energy. But dieting to lose weight could only leave you weaker. Your metabolism is high this time around, so eating well will encourage faster burning out of extra calories too.
You must first build endurance by walking, jogging, cycling or swimming. After a few weeks when your fats have gone down, you can focus on your tummy by doing abdominal crunches or sit-ups in the mornings. It sure helps in reducing your belly size. Make sure you don’t make it too strenuous. Strenuous workouts are not for new mothers. Being physically active will help you get some aerobic workout, and you could lose your weight without having to do much.
Breastfeeding helps you burn about 500 calories a day. It also helps in contraction of the uterus to pre-pregnancy size.
10. Drinking plenty of water:
Water eliminates your body toxins and helps reduce belly fat. It also helps in replenishing the lost fluids from your body.
11. Curry leaves and garlic:
Curry leaves are good detoxifying agents and help you lose belly fat. Chew two to three raw garlic in the mornings followed by some lemon water to achieve fat-burning benefits.
Tell us what your secret weapon(s) to losing weight was! Let the other mommies get some much needed help.