How many times have we heard that “a flat stomach is made in the kitchen”? I’ll be honest, before I actually knew what it meant, I was totally annoyed by the idea that abs were made in the kitchen. What does that even mean? I wanted a flatter tummy after having my son and I wanted it yesterday.
However, as I have grown in my career and furthered my education as a coach with some of the top in the industry, I am realizing that a lot of what the general public is told regarding weight loss and flattening mommy tummy is a lie.
Let’s think about it…
There is always something new and fancy on the fitness wagon that you can hop on. Whether it be no carbs, or no sugar, keto, paleo, I mean, there’s always something fancy dancy that can be done in regards to something trying to “help” you reach your fitness goals.
And at the risk of sounding like a bad commercial, I have 2 real tricks that will help you get rid of what a lot of women refer to as their ‘mommy tummy.
Let’s be clear about something…
Sometimes, “mommy tummy” can come from a condition called diastasis recti which you can read all about here in my other post about how I worked through overcoming my diastasis recti naturally.
While other times “mommy tummy” can come from extra fat that we have on our bodies that we need a little bit of help to overcome.
Before we dive into how to do this, allow me to make a PSA:
I recommend that you be extremely cautious about websites that claim a 24 hour cleanse by drinking a concoction of unicorn hair and olive oil. Those types of crash cleanses can cause more harm than good in regards to not only flattening mommy tummy but your over all health!
Really work towards having an over all healthy lifestyle and making good healthy food choices every single day. With this type of living, it makes it so that you do not feel like you have to do these crash cleanses or extreme diets.
So, how do get rid of “mommy tummy”?
Well, to be quite honest with you, the road to getting rid of mommy tummy really does start in the kitchen. (Remember, this is if you don’t have diastasis recti. Refer here for questions regarding that)
However, the kitchen is not the only place that flat stomachs are made: they’re made both in the gym and the kitchen.
Here’s how I will lay this post out. We will talk about the two places, and how to easily utilize those two places to get you on the road to flattening the mommy tummy.
These will be steps that you can incorporate into your daily schedule.
The #1 Killer of a Flatter Stomach
Want to know what the number one killer of a flat stomach is?
A calorie surplus.
What does that mean? Quite simply, it means eating too much.
Does that mean you should be afraid of food and afraid that you’re eating too much?
Hear me loud and clear – the answer is NO. Never ever be afraid of food.
How to Avoid a Calorie Surplus
Count your calories. Sounds hard, right?
It’s not hard. I promise. In fact, it can be quite liberating to count your calories, mama.
Knowledge is power and when you know exactly how many calories you are taking in, then you know exactly how much to eat.
COUNTING CALORIES IS AN EXCELLENT TOOL FOR KNOWING EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE DURING THE DAY.
Sometimes, I will look up at 1:00 and realize that I have hardly eaten and I still need to eat 1,200 calories before the end of the day.
While other days, by 10:30, I only have 800 calories left!
Either way, it’s completely freeing knowing exactly where I am in regards to my caloric intake and I can rest assured and be confident in my choices of food.
Knowing that having a donut isn’t going to completely derail any goals that I have. Just like having a side salad for lunch isn’t going to give you six pack abs by dinner.
But how do you count calories?
Easy steps (with full beginner’s guide here)
- Know your calorie target
- Grab a food scale
- Meal Prep
- Download a calorie counting app
- Reverse Dieting
- Stay calm
Those six steps are fully explained in my full guide, but counting calories is much easier than you think.
COUNT EVERYTHING AND FEEL CONFIDENT IN YOUR DECISIONS.
While this may not seem like a very ground breaking post, the biggest thing that I can say to you is to start counting, mama.
You don’t have to do everything all at once. Start by weighing your food and plugging it into the app and seeing how much 35 grams (4 ounces) of chicken is.
Quick tip – I always use grams for counting calories because it’s a smaller measurement because I have found that it tends to be more accurate.
Then, once you get the hang of measuring your proteins after about a week, then start measuring your fats as well as your proteins. Then start measuring your carbs in with the rest.
You must figure out what works best for you. Creating success for yourself on this journey is what is going to get you to your goal weight and in turn be able to KEEP that new figure that you worked so hard.
Moving on to Workouts
Something that I tell my clients is that a strong core is the basis for the rest of your body. It’s scientifically proven and it’s what we’re taught as personal trainers. When I personally train my clients whether local or virtual, we always make sure that the core is part of the workout.
Mama, you’ve been to the gym for years, you know the saying of keeping your core tight. Remember that it doesn’t mean to suck in your belly and hold your breath.
Zip up your abs starting at your pelvic floor and pulling your abs in towards your mid-line. You can practice at home before your workouts of keeping those abs tight and breathing! That can also be done while you’re sitting at your desk or when you’re out working with your clients.
Another word on workouts…
Also remember that there are WAY more ab workouts than crunches. Your ab muscles wrap around the side of your trunk as well and working on those obliques are a major part of having a flatter tummy.
As I close out, remember this with me…
Your worth does not depend on what the scale says or if you have effectively “gotten rid of mommy tummy”.
Every time that we check out at the grocery store, there is a magazine or newspaper yelling at us from the stands of how to “get your body back” or other crazy promises.
Here’s the deal…
Real and lasting results come from life changes that happen over a period of time. With small decisions every single day.
Small decisions everyday will turn into habits, which turn into lasting results.
Creating goals for yourself that you can achieve and putting steps in place to get there will be vital to your success. Good thing I wrote blog post on how to create those goals ;-).
You can do this, mama. Don’t ever give up on yourself!
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