Pregnancy does many things to a womans body and one of those things is that they are often left with a ‘baby belly’. It takes a lot of determination and focus to get back into shape after you have recovered from pregnancy and the delivery of your baby. If you follow a simple plan you can lose your pregnancy weight quite quickly and get rid of that baby belly fat. You can lose baby belly fat fast when you do regular cardio exercise, strength training using a stability ball and stick to a healthy diet.
A stability ball is very effective for toning up stomach muscles and you can get one for around $30 at a sports store. A 22 inch ball is appropriate for most women but if you are short (under 5’1″) then you will benefit from the 18 inch ball and if you are tall (over 5’8″) then you will benefit from the 26 inch ball.
Studies have shown that people who use a stability ball will develop twice as much muscle fiber as those who did regular crunches without a ball. Using a stability ball will help you to lose baby belly fat much faster than doing regular sit ups and crunches without the ball.
When you buy a stability ball it usually comes with a manual that includes several exercises. The exercises I will talk about here in this article are especially good for targeting that unwanted baby belly fat.
The first exercise is the reverse crunch. Lie on your back and press your legs into the ball. Lift the ball 3 to 6 inches off the floor with your legs. Hold the ball off the floor for one second then lower and repeat a few times.
The second exercise is the rock and roll. Kneel on the floor with your elbows on the ball. Lift your body until you are on your toes and at a 45 degree angle to the floor. Hold this position for a second then relax and repeat a few times.
To lose weight anywhere, including the stomach, cardio exercise is important. Try to include 45 minutes or cardio workout 3 times a week to help lose that belly fat. Cardio exercise can include brisk walking, jogging, running, cycling or using one of the many cardio exercise machines available.
To lose baby belly fat you will also need to eat a healthy diet. Try to eat 500 calories less than the amount of calories needed to maintain a healthy weight. Do this for two weeks while doing the above exercise program. A healthy diet is essential to any weight loss attempt.
It is actually easier than you might think to find ways to reduce your calorie intake. Small changes like having your coffee with skim milk rather than whole milk can save you 120 calories. Other changes could be having some fruit with fat free yoghurt instead of a bowl of ice-cream or a chocolate bar. You could also eat air popped popcorn instead of potato chips. There are many substitutions that you can make to reduce the number of calories you eat each day.
It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise and to eat well when you have a new baby to take care of. If you put in the effort to incorporate a healthy diet and an exercise routine into your lifestyle then it will soon become habit and you will soon find yourself losing that baby belly fat.