Pregnancy/Maternity

Tips and tricks to get your figure back

Habits to adopt after childbirth

Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding stimulates the production of prolactin, an hormone produced by the mammary glands allowing your body to tap into its fat reserves. The fun part is that the areas most responsive to this hormone are the buttocks and hips. According to research, you can even go back to a lower body fat percentage than before your pregnancy. That’s all possible because you normally don’t produce prolactin.

Read our article on fatigue, because it’s an aspect that will really have a big impact on your ability to exercise on a regular basis. Tired people can’t maintain a high enough intensity to get satisfying results within a set timeframe.

Every time you can walk to do your errands, do it. Not because you’ll spend an enormous amount of energy, but because it will train your body to do more.  When you’ll be able to do more, the results from exercising will come more quickly.

Set aside 3-4 full hours per week to doing nothing. Even if you have a lot of household chores to do, use these hours to forget about everything and not feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities. This feeling would only cause more stress, which is not good to reduce abdominal fat and would lower the motivation and energy levels that are so important when your exercise.

Allow yourself 2 meals a week where you can eat anything you want. It will help you avoid cheating or stopping your good eating habits. You feel that you are entitled to make mistakes and that you can still enjoy eating  junk food a few times a month.

Reward yourself when you reach a certain number of training sessionsFor example, you could treat yourself to a massage or manicure every 10 sessions. In other words, keep the money you would usually spend on random stuff to treat yourself for exercising regularly.

Join a mommy training group to avoid feeling so alone in this difficult new role. Morale plays a big role in giving up exercising. Ask questions to other moms to feel up to the task in your new role as mother. Your newfound sense of empowerment will then translate into setting higher training goals for yourself. You’ll also learn a lot from people who are experiencing the same thing as you are.

Losing weight after pregnancy it is not difficult if you are able to plan and organize other aspects of your life wisely. It’s surprisingly in this area that you will have the most positive results.

Charles Lamontagne
Personal trainer

Charles Lamontagne is a personal trainer specialized in weight loss and fitness who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Graduate degree in education from the University of Montreal. He likes to communicate and share his knowledge in a simple and concise manner. Charles offers new mothers a 6-week physical transformation plan to get back to in shape after childbirth.  You can find new tips and advice every week on his blog Mise en forme514-543-9816 Charles Lamontagne B.Sc. CSCS, 4200 St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec.


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