Belly Dancing and Jillian Michaels Helps Shed Post Baby Weight

Belly Dancing and Jillian Michaels Helps Shed Post Baby Weight

Once you stop breast feeding your post-baby fat is supposed  to fall off. This happens to an extent and for the lucky ones  it seems to fall off and stay off. The reason being that as  you are no longer breast feeding, you don’t get that  unbearable thirst and hunger pangs anymore because you body  is not being drained of liquid, so you probably don’t eat as  big portions or nibble junk food throughout the day.

For others, the habits that have formed and stayed through  out pregnancy and birth and beyond, eating lots, tend to  stay.

What do you do if you want to lose weight and make sure it  stays off?  Short of browsing for Jillian Michaels DVDs (her  30 Day Shred is excellent for overall toning and tightening  your abs) or Debbie Siebers’ Slim in 6 workouts you might want to check out some salsa classes or  some sort of dancing exercise which will provide a good  aerobic exercise as well as get you doing some nifty dance  move no less!

Oddly enough belly dancing is a good option. You don’t have  to go to any special classes for it, you can get some books  from the library or google it online and try that. Or try the  hoopla which is also excellent for toning the stomach and  helping you to lose some calories.

Initially belly dancing was not created as a form of  entertainment, rather is was practiced in the Middle East as  a way of strengthening the hips women in order to prepare  them for childbirth.   The movements that come from belly  dancing, thrusting hips, lifting hips and shimmy all help to  make your hips stronger.

Of course, there is a lot more to belly dancing but it is a  good routine to add to your fitness routines and it  incorporates not just the stomach and hips but also the  shoulders, waist and legs because ultimately it is a form of  dancing.

See if there are local classes in your area and you might be  surprised at just how good belly dancing is for your fitness  and suppleness.

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  1. Editor says:

    Good point Rafa! Setting a reasonable and achievable goal is a huge help in any weight loss plan. And it’s especially important after the major physiological roller coaster of childbirth.

  2. Rafa says:

    You can’t expect your figure to go back to your pre-pregnancy shape straight after birth! Its takes time for the womb and your stomach to re-adjust to its normal size. Expect it to be around 4 weeks. Expect to lose around 13 pounds after the birth. This gives you around 12 to 22 pounds to lose. A reasonable target to lose this weight is 8 months. Losing 1 or 2 pounds a week is an easier proposition.

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