Body Construct: Tricks and tips to help tighten your belly after baby

by LORI-ANN MARCHESE

CTFashionMag.com

Tricks and Tips to Help Tighten your Belly after Baby

Now that your beautiful miracle has come into the world, it is time to focus in on you a little more. Your baby has given you a tummy that is not quite to your liking, but do not lose hope.

If you want to slim down your post-pregnancy belly, following these simple tricks and tips will lead you down the correct path to achieve your goals.

Unfortunately, with age, it becomes more difficult to lose weight, but it does not mean it is impossible. Taking small steps to work off those extra pounds is the perfect way to start.

One of the best methods to tighten your tummy would be finding a physical activity that involves your baby too. Grab your stroller and take a walk. There are many alternatives to being active. If you cannot come up with any ideas, find a gym that best suits you. There are gyms available that will have your workouts ready, and all you have to do is show up. Some facilities will have their trainers make workouts that are quick, and no more than an hour long. This saves you time, and the struggle of trying to figure out what workout to do. Be creative and have fun with it.

Once you feel comfortable and in shape, make strength training a routine and priority.

By focusing in on this method, it will allow you to gain muscle in your abdominal area, which will assist in tightening up that loose skin.

Another tip to remember is that you should not go onto any vigorous diets. As it is, your body is in a complete transformation. Now that you do not have another human being inside of you, your body is already dealing with so much in regards of recovery. Adjusting back to your pre-pregnancy body is a transformation in itself. Adding a vigorous diet to your daily regime will not help you. It is found that if you follow a very restrictive diet, you will have a higher chance of quitting, and easily gaining back that weight you started at.

Stick to a meal plan that is attainable, and that is not drastically different than the diet you had while pregnant. Take gradual steps in shaping your diet.

Another remedy would be making time for taking a shower. Although it is tempting not to because you have to deal with your child, it will only benefit you. Not only will you be clean, and smell good, showers exfoliate your skin. Scrubbing your body improves the flow of blood and will give your skin a healthier and more elastic look and feel. Once you are clean, keeping your skin hydrated is just as important. Moisturizing your body with lotion will allow for a tighter tummy.

Not only should you focus in on your eating and drinking, it is ideal to understand the benefits of each type of food and drink. As lotion does for the skin, drinking water does the same. A trick for tightening your belly area is staying hydrated. Consuming water will also benefit you if you nurse. When you are figuring out a diet that is most beneficial for your post-pregnancy journey, eating an adequate amount of lean proteins will allow your body to form lean muscle. Protein is filled with many nutrients which will aid in building the elasticity of your skin.

Although it may be simpler than it seems, be good to yourself. It may be discouraging to look in the mirror and see your belly, but you must look at it in a different light. Being patient in the process of transformation is ideal to your health. Focus in aspects of life that will cater to your desires.

Lori-Ann Marchese is the owner of Body Construct LLC in New Britain. She is a former Mrs. Connecticut America and starred in the Bravo TV series, “Game of Crowns.”

Lori-Ann Marchese keeping fit. (MIKE CHAIKEN PHOTO)
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