You may look down at your tummy these days and sigh at the memory of your pre-pregnancy belly. Yes, true enough, our tummies are never quite the same after having a baby, however it doesn’t mean the end for bikinis, crop tops (OK, I never really wore crop top before) as with a few lifestyle changes and tricks of the trade, there are certainly ways of improving the appearance of your mid drift.
Cut sugar out
Sugar has to be the worst culprit when it come to belly fat. I often have clients who say to me (baby or no baby) ‘how can I get rid of this ‘tire’ around my waist? And the answer more often or not is to cut sugar out! This includes processed carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, rice and potatoes and also looking at what you drink. If you guzzle a bottle of wine a night, add sugar to your hot drinks and chose sugars fizzy drinks as your daily beverage (even low calorie drinks are not good, as the sugar is replaced by toxins which are harmful to your body and cause cellulite which again will sit on your waistline) then you need to reassess a few things in your diet and go cold turkey!
Invest in a natural bristle brush and brush your skin (upwards, towards the heart) to encourage lymphatic flow and help rid of cellulite. Dry body brushing will help to stimulate your skin and get rid of dry skin too.
Massage cellulite away
Essential oils are said to be excellent to help creak down fatty deposits such as cellulite, but the actual action of massage itself can also do a great job. Massage oil or cream into your whole body daily spending a little more time especially around your tummy and problem areas after your shower.
Full body exercises
Most people think that in order to get abs, they must do traditional ‘ab style’ exercises such as crunches and sit ups. Whilst these exercises are fantastic for building core strength and tone they do not really get rid of actually belly fat. Exercises that help shed belly fat are your full body exercises, using big muscle groups that get your sweaty and burning maximum calories, such as squat jumps, burpees and mountain climbers.
If in doubt, fake it! A little tan goes a long way to make your abs look more defined and generally healthy. My favourite is St Moriz which is affordable and looks great. Plus they do a mousse that works in one hour, so you don’t have to leave it on overnight and turn the bedsheets brown!