If you're like me, and you've recently had a kid (or two!) then you know all about the stubborn mommy pouch. So you've lost most or all of the baby weight- but your tiny lower tummy pouch just won't seem to budge. Well trust me, all moms have or had the "Mommy Pouch" whether they look like it or not (Some just hide it really well) Below I will show you how to slowly (but surely) get rid of that stubborn mommy pouch.
The mommy pouch is located on your lower abdomen, which tends to be the hardest place to lose fat, but with healthy, clean eating and some targeted workouts, you will see change week after week. Just remember- consistency is key.
1) Avoid Sugary Drinks & Food
If you are an avid soda drinker, you should cut back- especially since the holiday season is coming up, and drinking a lot of soda during parties can be almost inevitable- try to hold your ground and go for a water instead. Studies have shown that consuming too much sugar leads to extra belly & liver fat as well as contributes to a slower metabolism!
2) Chug that water.
It is a well known fact that water is AMAZING for you. It clears your skin, detoxifies, and is a great way to lose weight. How? It flushes toxins out of your body, and eliminates bloating- causing your mommy pouch to look smaller! The recommended amount of water to drink daily depends on your weight- you should consume half of your weight in ounces daily. For example, I weight about 125 pounds- I should be consuming about 62 ounces of water daily to stay hydrated!
3) Fiber! Fiber! Fiber!
Eating fiber is extremely essential as it makes you feel fuller for longer periods of time, as well as help speed up your metabolism, and regulate your bowl movements! Fiber is a plant based nutrient, and when consuming it, you feel fuller longer, causing you to not crave even more food after eating, and helps with portion control. Some foods that are rich in fiber are: dark leafy greens (spinach), broccoli, beans & legumes, whole wheat bread, whole grain rice (brown rice), oats, and nuts! Personally, I have switched over from white rice to brown rice in two months and have found a significant difference in my stomach area! Win!
4) Get your heart racing.
Getting your cardio in will help get your blood pumping and your heart racing which is essential to weight loss, and burning fat! How do we burn fat? By using our energy! Cardio is a full body workout that consists in working all your muscles at the same time. As a mom, I like to take a 30 minute walk a day, pushing my double stroller (about 15-20) pounds up and downhill. The kids will enjoy it, and you will definitely break a sweat by the time you get home. Another great full body workout for moms is Zumba. Most likely, if you attend a gym, you might be able to get into class for free. Do this 3-4 times a week to help burn the fat!
5) Do exercises that target the lower belly
After you have done the above four strategies on how to lose your mommy pouch, its time to tighten up that lose skin! Simple ab exercises that target the lower abdominal area every single day should do the trick. But remember to switch up the ab exercises- you don't want your muscles to get used to them. The more you surprise your muscles, the more energy you take, and the more fat you burn! If you're a stay at home mom, I recommend POP PILATES on YouTube. She does many exercises that mainly use your core as the weight, which is super effective if you are wanting to lose the mommy pouch!
6) Last but certainly not least- get your shapewear on!
As you workout and eat healthy, there are many extra benefits to wearing a shapewear garment while losing weight. Click here to read why all moms should wear shapewear post- partum. You have extra back support forcing you to stand and sit up straight (also burning extra energy), your stomach is nice and supported so that when you actually lose the extra fat, you won't have too much loose skin. And you will certainly feel more motivated looking in the mirror and seeing your body goals daily with you shapewear on, so when you finally take it off- you won't see too much of a difference :)
Good Luck Girls! Let me know in the comments if you have any helpful tips for a mommy's who are trying to lose that stubborn belly fat, and don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter for blog updates.