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February 16, 2013 7:26 AM
Hi everyone,

To cut things brief.. I've never had a rock hard washboard stomach, it was always flat but still squishy, I've never been able to tone it only because I never tried.

I had a baby via Caesarean section back in July 2011, and gained 4 stone through the pregnancy. I lost all the weight within 4 months and when my son was 4 months old, I had a pretty good flat stomach through diet & exercise.

This was me post pregnancy, 4 months after giving birth..

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But I then started a new full time job, and with that & being a mum I started missing workouts and then stopped going altogether, and instead I ate utter rubbish -- takeaways, chocolate & junk food 24/7, and most days totalled as high as 4000-6000 calories. So I've since gained a lot of weight & now weigh 14 stone 10lbs. So a gain of 5 stone, and I've gone from a UK size 8 to a UK size 16-18.

When I was pregnant my stomach just grew out & never dropped, but now that I've gained so much weight and gotten so big I've found that my belly has dropped as well as grow out, and I'm really worried that when I lose this weight it won't snap back as quickly as it did after having my son & I'll be left with a saggy overhang.

This is my stomach now..

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I'm hoping that with losing weight steadily & exercising along the way, that it'll shrink and snap back as it did after pregnancy. What does everyone else think?

After having my son my stomach turned into a deflated bouncy castle & was saggy and soft, but I managed to sort that out and get it flat again.. Do I have the same hope with my stomach after gaining so much weight?!
February 16, 2013 7:27 AM
These things will take time.
Eat proper food and get your Macro/micro nutrients in.

So plenty of protein
At least 2 cups veggies and 2 cups fruit
Nuts, oils and fatty meats

Take a multivitamin daily as well as fish oil and youll get back to where you were.
  7369177
February 16, 2013 7:30 AM
QUOTE:

These things will take time.
Eat proper food and get your Macro/micro nutrients in.

Good advice
  4558573
February 16, 2013 7:32 AM
QUOTE:

These things will take time.
Eat proper food and get your Macro/micro nutrients in.

So plenty of protein
At least 2 cups veggies and 2 cups fruit
Nuts, oils and fatty meats

Take a multivitamin daily as well as fish oil and youll get back to where you were.


My stomach looks just like yours - and I have never given birth! noway I have been following the directions given by the poster above ^^^ and I already see a difference. Keep at it!
February 16, 2013 7:32 AM
QUOTE:

These things will take time.
Eat proper food and get your Macro/micro nutrients in.


This.
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February 16, 2013 7:34 AM
You will be able to reduce it considerably by losing the weight but each time we stretch out skin it loses a bit of it's elasticity, making it more difficult the more we do it. You will never get rid of your slight over-hand above your C section scar I'm afraid - they have to cut all the nerves etc and if it's numb you haven't got a hope of exercising it as you can't feel it (if that makes sense).

You are still young and thus more stretchy than me, even if you never get a flat toned tum you can always reduce it and you'll feel better in all your clothes.
February 16, 2013 7:53 AM
QUOTE:

You will be able to reduce it considerably by losing the weight but each time we stretch out skin it loses a bit of it's elasticity, making it more difficult the more we do it. You will never get rid of your slight over-hand above your C section scar I'm afraid - they have to cut all the nerves etc and if it's numb you haven't got a hope of exercising it as you can't feel it (if that makes sense).

You are still young and thus more stretchy than me, even if you never get a flat toned tum you can always reduce it and you'll feel better in all your clothes.


I had no overhang before though? In the first photo it was taken 4 months after giving birth and I had no overhang or pouch at all.
February 16, 2013 7:59 AM
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The reason your stomach hangs is because there is still fat in it, as you lose it it will shrink. add in strength exercise and that will help. mine used to hang ridiculously low but as I've lost 90-oddlb it has shrunk back incredibly, it takes time and effort flowerforyou
  12819719
February 16, 2013 10:41 AM
QUOTE:

You will be able to reduce it considerably by losing the weight but each time we stretch out skin it loses a bit of it's elasticity, making it more difficult the more we do it. You will never get rid of your slight over-hand above your C section scar I'm afraid - they have to cut all the nerves etc and if it's numb you haven't got a hope of exercising it as you can't feel it (if that makes sense).

You are still young and thus more stretchy than me, even if you never get a flat toned tum you can always reduce it and you'll feel better in all your clothes.


Over time if she cuts body fat to a significant amount she will lose the hang.
It all boils down to hormones and vitamins.
First things first is getting proper diet in.
Eating 1600 then below 1k is not right for your type of diet.
Thats what bodybuilders prepping for a competition do because they have the muscle to sustain it.
Just do what we worked out in our PMs and you will lose the fat.

/endthread
  7369177
February 17, 2013 12:10 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

You will be able to reduce it considerably by losing the weight but each time we stretch out skin it loses a bit of it's elasticity, making it more difficult the more we do it. You will never get rid of your slight over-hand above your C section scar I'm afraid - they have to cut all the nerves etc and if it's numb you haven't got a hope of exercising it as you can't feel it (if that makes sense).

You are still young and thus more stretchy than me, even if you never get a flat toned tum you can always reduce it and you'll feel better in all your clothes.


Over time if she cuts body fat to a significant amount she will lose the hang.
It all boils down to hormones and vitamins.
First things first is getting proper diet in.
Eating 1600 then below 1k is not right for your type of diet.
Thats what bodybuilders prepping for a competition do because they have the muscle to sustain it.
Just do what we worked out in our PMs and you will lose the fat.

/endthread


'Eating 1600 then below 1k is not right for your type of diet.'

I don't understand?

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