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.
Looks to avoid
Tucked-in tops, which accentuate the belly.
Oversize clothes: "You may think you look thinner in clothes three times too big, but this actually makes you look larger, especially in the waist," says Rachel Florio, a celebrity-trend expert in New York City.
Empire-waist tops paired with A-line skirts: The two trends together will make you appear round all over.
Fat blasters (cardio counts, too)
There's no way around it: Cardiovascular exercise is crucial to getting rid of belly weight. But this doesn't mean you have to devote hours a day to working out. An easy fat-blasting exercise: a power walk, even with the stroller, keeping abs pulled in and spine straight. If you want to burn fat faster and increase metabolism (which enables you to burn more calories even while resting), increase the intensity of your walk for a few minutes at a time, or put your baby in a backpack to add extra weight to your walk, says New York-based fitness expert Ken Mahadeo. Also consider a weight-lifting program, since this builds muscle and boosts metabolism. Shoot for an hour of exercise most days. It doesn't have to be all at once - you can break it up into 10- or 20-minute slots.