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Posted by: mso | 2005/12/13

can one get a flat tummy afty child birth?

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Hi MSO

Yes, absolutely, though it does depend a lot on what the exercise was like before birth and also on the individual, because some people just have this ability to lose weight, whereas others struggle with weight distribution in specific areas.

However, I do think that you can achieve some success - maybe the flat stomach is a goal too far, but that's not to say you can't get some progress. What you need to do is regular cardio exercise. Unfortunately, you can't really try and reduce the fat around your stomach, thighs and abdominals by just doing exercises for those areas. This kind of exercise, using specific muscles only, actually burns fewer calories than exercising large muscles groups in dynamic cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging, running, swimming or cycling. In order to burn the fat, you need to do these types of cardiovascular exercises as least 4 - 5 times a week for at least 30 - 45 minutes. This will help to increase the amount of calories that you use and help to decrease your body fat.

Having said that, it is still important to do some strengthening and toning exercise and obviously to include exercises that make use of the muscle groups in your abdominal area. The exercises that you do will depend on whether you have access to a gym or you do body weight exercises at home. I would suggest you have a look at the fitness page of this site, click on "programmes" and then choose any of the cardio based ones. They all make cardio the focus, but also include toning exercise and you will need both. Finally, remember that diet is absolutely vital and you can't succeed without a combination of exercise and diet, so don't neglect this.

GOod luck

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