‘I have lost weight but my tummy fat is still there – how can I get rid of it?’
How many of us can relate to this? Whether you had a flat stomach to begin with or not, after having children it can be very tough to get the stomach that you had (or wished for).
Many of us are impatient and just want to get back into shape fast without putting in the hard yards of eating well and moving more. But wishing to lose the ‘mummy tummy’ won’t get rid of it – you have to do something about it! Here are 8 top tips!
8 ways you can do something about your mummy tummy
1. Healthy diet and exercise
Hopefully, you’ve taken the first step to getting rid of tummy fat by taking part in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
Our weight loss plans involve very little processed foods, lots of lean proteins, plenty of fruit and veg, healthy snacks such as nuts and yoghurt, and our vitamin and mineral packed Healthy Mummy Smoothies.
The plan also includes regular exercise done in short bursts throughout the day (this is the HIIT training on your 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge).
Just by focusing on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, you will be well on your way to a leaner stomach. But if you are impatient (anyone?) and want to give your body the best chance to get better results, there are some other ideas that you can also try.
If you are a breastfeeding mum, then breastfeeding can really help you lose stomach fat as it can help your uterus go back to its normal size more quickly. If you are not breastfeeding – don’t worry – we have lots of other ways to help!
3. Reduce alcohol
Alcohol, especially sweet fizzy based drinks and beer make it nearly impossible to lose stomach fat and puts extra stress on your liver to clear out the toxins. This extra pressure on your liver can make it very hard to build muscle which is key to losing belly fat.
You can try a probiotic as this is a supplement that will assist with digestion, especially if it is sluggish. A probiotic can help flatten your stomach and get rid of body fat.
Increase the amount of fibre in your diet as this is a great way to improve digestion. Think fruit and veg as your first port of call, plus nuts, legumes and wholegrain bread.
Try our delicious Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato and fill it with any veggies you fancy for a fibre-rich meal!
6. Fish oil
Taking fish oil tablets is another tool to speed up fat loss. Fish oil can positively influence metabolism, meaning that you’ll digest your food more quickly. It will activate enzymes in your body that are responsible for burning fat, which also means that your body burns fat more easily, and also helps to reduce insulin resistance.
Studies have shown that taking fish oil supplements in conjunction with doing regular aerobic exercise can help you to burn off up to 26% more calories per day and more body fat than if you didn’t take any fish oil supplements.
7. Food intolerances or allergies
Many people are living with food intolerances or allergies that negatively affect their digestion. As you are constantly exposed to the food that your body can’t handle well, it can cause inflammation and digestion issues. Result? Stomach bloating, fluid retention, nausea, and gas.
If you suspect an intolerance or allergy why not try cutting out that food for a couple of weeks and see if it makes a difference. You can also do blood tests or skin prick tests if you are unable to determine the source of the issue.
If you have issues with dairy or gluten you’ll be pleased to know that our Healthy Mummy Smoothies are gluten and dairy free.
8. Nutrition deficiency
Being pregnant or having had children can also deplete women of various nutrients such as iron and iodine, so it may be worth getting a blood test or complete thyroid panel to rule out any deficiencies if you are getting stuck with your weight loss efforts.
A great natural medicine practitioner can also check for genetic irregularities that your GP may not test for, such as the modern day ‘Fat Gene’. It is a simple and affordable DNA test which can greatly help in difficult cases.
Ditch your mummy tummy on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge?
Want to take charge of your own health and weight – then join our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge TODAY.
Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an affordable, customisable program designed to help mums reach their weight loss goals and tackle their health.
Our Challenge entails:
- 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
- Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!