How to Lose Baby Weight
Now that your doctor has given you the go-ahead for postpartum exercise, here are simple ways to finally lose your baby weight--and hide it until you reach your goal.
Two tummy toners
If you've just given birth, wait until your doctor gives you the green light - usually about six weeks post delivery - before doing these exercises.
Baby Reverse Curl
Lie on your back with your baby on your chest.
Bend your knees, bringing them in to your chest.
Rest your baby on your shins, holding her hands, and then lift them up so that your shins and your baby are parallel to the ground. Your thighs should be at a 90-degree angle to your torso.
Contract and engage your abs and lower your shins (and your baby) so that your feet are slightly off the ground. Hold for a moment, then lift your shins up so that they (and the baby) are parallel to the ground again.
Repeat 10 to 15 times (your baby will like flying through the air while you tone up).
- Lie on your back and extend your arms behind you as far back as you can reach. Hold on to a sturdy table leg or couch leg.
- Bring your legs straight up into the air so that they're at a 90-degree angle to your torso.
- Engage your ab muscles (especially your transverse ab muscle) and lower your right leg down so that it's just off the ground. Hold it there for a few seconds while keeping your pelvis stable, your tummy taut, and your back flat.
- Snap your right leg up, and repeat with your left leg. Try 10 reps on each leg.
- Drink lots of water, to flush excess fluid out of your system and help move high-fiber foods along the intestinal tract.
- Eat water-rich fruits and vegetables, like oranges, tomatoes, asparagus, and celery, which act as gentle, natural diuretics.
- Eat potassium-rich foods, like bananas, spinach, and apricots, since this mineral counteracts sodium and helps rid the body of water.
- Eat slowly; when you eat quickly, you gulp more air, which leads to gas and bloating.
- Drink lots of carbonated drinks, which cause gas and bloating.
- Eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli) right before putting on a slim-fit dress, since this causes gas and bloating.
- Eat foods high in salt, which causes water retention throughout the body and belly. Chew gum, as it makes you swallow air and become - you guessed it - gassy and bloated. - From Lyssie Lakatos, dietitian and cofounder of The Nutrition Twins