THERE’S nothing wrong with indulging in foods you enjoy and a healthy and balanced diet includes a little bit of what you fancy.
But some people struggle more with their body than others and women who have just had a baby often feel pressured to lose weight fast to get back to their ‘before shape’.
If you’re unhappy with the way you look, one expert said there are exercises you can do that can help get rid of unwanted belly fatCredit: Getty – Contributor
Above Lydia demonstrates the position you need to be in for two of her exercises. On the left the crunch sit and on the right the dead bug
While it’s important that you do what’s right for you, one expert said that there is a way to get rid of that ‘pooch’ many of you may feel you are carrying.
Posting on Instagram, fitness trainer Lydia Rees, who specialises in fitness for mums, said ‘how to lose the pooch’ is a question she gets asked time and time again.
She explained: “It is a combination of lowering your body fat percentage by being in a calorie deficit, but you also need to target your core with the correct exercises.
“To heal your tummy after a baby you need to build a strong foundation.
“You need consistency and to focus on the deepest layer of your ab muscles the transverse muscles.
“Strengthening them will also help flatten your tummy”, she said.
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Lydia, whose ‘Restore Your Core‘ programme helps support women throughout pregnancy and beyond, revealed the exercises you can do.
It’s important to note that a healthy balanced diet consisted of eating well and doing regular exercise.
By doing these three exercises, Lydia says you can help ‘flatten your mummy tummy’.
1. Dead bug
To do this exercise you need to lay down flat on the floor, using a mat might make you feel more comfortable.
Lydia said the key with these exercises is to make sure you do them all in a slow controlled way – which will help strengthen your core.
To do the dead bug Lydia said you need to make sure your core is engaged and to do this you almost have to tense your stomach muscle in, as though you’re expecting a force.
“Make sure there is a minimal gap between your lower back and the floor”, she added.
Then raise your knees up so they are 90 degree and also raise your arms up in front of you.
Then slowly extend one leg to the floor, while the opposite arm also goes down behind you, and alternate.
2. Crunch sit
The next exercise is a hollow crunch.
Again for this one you need to be sat on the floor.
Sit on your bum and bend your knees and make sure that your hands are extended out in front of you, you can clasp them together which will help with your balance.
Then make sure you are sat up tall and slowly and controlled rock back – you will feel your stomach muscles tensing.
3. Leg taps
To do this exercise, get back into the position you were in for dead bug.
Lydia said you then almost want to imagine zipping up your stomach, so that it feels nice and tight.
Then alternate tapping each leg to the floor.
Lydia said that you should do three sets of each exercise and do each exercise fifteen times.
While a flat tummy consists of a healthy diet and exercise, experts previously said that there are some exercises that are targeted specifically at your core.
These are exercises such as Russian twists, hanging leg raises and hollow holds.