The Truth About Losing Baby Weight.


first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 44 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle The Truth About Losing Baby Weight. by: – April 26, 2011 The first few months after having a child can be the most rewarding of your life. Well, that could be until you find the time to look in the mirror.But just because your body changes after pregnancy doesn’t mean you can’t get in the best shape of your life. What to Expect When Natalie Fraschetti looked at her stomach for the first time after having her son, she thought, “Wow, how is that ever going to go back to something halfway normal?” Fraschetti, a 30-year-old engineer in Encinitas, California, gave birth to her first child in 2010.A longtime runner, her new physique seemed foreign. “It wasn’t that it was even fat, it was just like a raisin, like a really soft, mushy raisin,” she said. This experience is far from uncommon, and unfortunately, the soft mushiness doesn’t just sit in the stomach.Jenny Burkett Widmaier, 28, an Atlanta-based photographer, exercised throughout her pregnancy with daily yoga routines and occasional boot camp classes. During her pregnancy, she thought the extra weight was solely in her stomach, but after delivering her daughter, she noticed flab in her butt, legs and around a saddlebag area where she’d never had problems before.Many women end up gaining more weight than they’re expecting, according to Mara Newman, a registered dietitian and former Weight Watchers leader in New Jersey. Between 25 and 35 lbs. is considered healthy, Newman says, and underweight women can gain up to 40 while still being within a healthy range. “But when you don’t worry about a waistline, you feel like you have a free hall pass,” Newman said.Practice Patience With pregnant celebrities seemingly going from hospital gowns to size 2 red carpet dresses in weeks, it’s difficult for new mothers to accept physical changes as well as the challenge of getting back into shape. The good news is that it’s possible to get into better shape than before a pregnancy. The bad news is it’s going to take a lot of patience.Dr. Michael Johnson, an OB/GYN physician at the University of California, Los Angeles, advises fighting the urge to hit the gym immediately. During pregnancy, blood volume increases at least 15 percent for cardiac output to increase in preparation for delivery and blood loss. “When women’s rings get tight, that’s the byproduct of expanding blood volume,” Johnson said. But these simple fluids will mobilize quickly after pregnancy, and women can expect to see a dramatic release of the fluid through the kidneys in between two and seven days.Up to 20 lbs. can easily be lost in just the first week after pregnancy. Also, the soft, mushy raisin sitting where your six-pack used to be will take at least six weeks to get back to relatively normal. The uterus increases to support fetal growth, but after giving birth, it will contract during breastfeeding or on its own to regain normal size by at least six weeks.The muscle fibers of the abdominal wall lengthen to accommodate the growth of the baby, which is something that will technically never get back to completely normal. The process may take three to six months before the abdominal wall remodels itself and starts to come down to its normal tone.“You have to have reasonable expectations,” Johnson said. And his biggest tip to getting your abs back? Don’t think or worry about doing situps until after at least four months. “You can do situps or crunches all day long and you’re not going to accomplish anything,” he said. “The body has to do that on its own.” Andrea Rogers, 29, founder of Xtend Barre — a combination of pilates and dance — in Boca Raton, Florida, recently had her first child. “A lot of work that focuses on the core is full body movement,” Rogers said.To strengthen the core, which will eventually lead to tighter abs, she recommends practicing good posture in the first few weeks after giving birth before slowly adding variations of the plank into workouts when the body feels comfortable. “While you’re sitting and nursing or trying to get in a quick email, focus on where your spine and alignment are and think about sitting up straight.”Another way to help with the softness is by using an abdominal binder or girdle for extra support when it feels as if everything is overstretched, according to “The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth,” by Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill and Alane Park. Something often forgotten by new mothers is the importance of the pelvic floor muscles, the muscles at the lower part of the pelvis that hold everything up.These muscles are traumatized by the pregnancy and birth and take at least six weeks to start the first phase of the healing process. “I tend to discourage certain types of exercise because you don’t want to put too much stress on (the pelvic floor muscles) in order to preserve bladder support,” Johnson said. He advises against jarring exercises like running and jogging until at least eight weeks after pregnancy.Instead, opt for less intense cardio like the elliptical or swimming. Eating & Feeding Aside from how to exercise when your body is ready for it, the best way to take control is to watch what you eat. The bad news here is that it’s back to the rule of thumb: Take in less and expend more. Ramona Braganza, the celebrity fitness trainer known for whipping Jessica Alba and Halle Berry into the best shape of their lives post-pregnancy, says women should assume they will burn calories if they are breastfeeding. “My clients reduced their calorie intake but still allowed themselves 500 calories for breastfeeding,” she said. “But if you notice a change in milk, you are too low on calories.”While breastfeeding, consume more calcium in yogurt, milk and light cheeses to provide the best milk for your baby. However, while breastfeeding moms can technically drop weight easier, Johnson says that idea is overrated. “I think that it’s misleading because you read about Angelina Jolie and how the nursing burns so many calories, but it just made me hungrier,” said Annabelle Martin, a 30-year-old journalist in Fort Myers, Florida.While it takes nine months to have a baby, it could take another nine to get the weight off and yourself into better shape. Factoring in at least six weeks after giving birth before even starting light exercise, on top of at least another four months of waiting for the abdominal wall to re-tone itself, you might not be sporting a size 2 red carpet dress as soon as the baby is asleep.But with patience and preliminary fitness restrictions, the muscles will react better and faster to eventual exercise than if you jump on the treadmill two weeks after leaving the hospital. Add in a proper diet and you’ll be on your way to losing the baby weight.By Brooke Rossby LIVESTRONG.COMlast_img read more

UFC: Floyd Mayweather’s protege is all set for his second bout


first_img 9 months ago UFC: David Shaw says that UFC will never have children fight 10 months ago UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz salary revealed FOLLOW US 9 months ago Conor McGregor’s DNA tests prove allegations against him were false 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov says McGregor needs 10 wins before rematch Makhmud’s upcoming fight is going to determine the youngster’s future in the UFC along with Floyd Mayweather’s name in the MMA universe. The undefeated boxer has never stepped inside an MMA Octagon, despite several callouts. However, the name Floyd ’Money’ Mayweather is still relevant in the fight game through his team member’s performances.Also Read- UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Says McGregor Needs 10 Wins Before RematchUFC: Makhmud Muradov’s upcoming opponentTrevor Smith is a veteran of 15 UFC appearances with an MMA record of 15 wins and 9 losses. He is 5-6 at UFC and will surely look to turn around his bad fate in the upcoming match against Makhmud Muradov. Trevor ‘Hot Sauce’ Smith has lost three of his last four fights, which include two back-to-back losses against Elias Theodorou and Zack Cummins. The upcoming fight on ESPN is going to decide the future of Smith in UFC and he desperately needs a win at this moment.Also Read- Conor McGregor’s DNA Tests Prove Allegations Against Him Were FalseAlso Read- UFC: Jorge Masvidal Feels Conor McGregor Is Scared To Fight Him First Published: 11th November, 2019 22:47 IST Raj Sarkar SUBSCRIBE TO US Floyd Mayweather’s protégé Makhmud Muradov is set to participate in his second UFC fight at UFC on ESPN 7. According to American media reports, Muradov will be replacing Alonzo Menifield and he will be facing Trevor Smith in the upcoming event. However, UFC did not reveal any reasons for Menifield’s withdrawal from the December 7 fight att Washington D.C.center_img Written By LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND Also Read- UFC: David Shaw Says That UFC Will Never Have Children FightUFC: Makhmud Muradov’s second UFC boutMakhmud Muradov is the first MMA fighter to be managed by undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather’s ‘Money Team’ and he is confident to win his second UFC fight just like he won the first one. Muradov made his UFC debut at UFC on ESPN+18 and after a three-round war with Italy’s Alessio Di Chirico, Muradov got a thumbs up from all three judges of the match. The win at UFC on ESPN+128 was his 12th straight victory, a winning streak that started in December 2016. Currently, Makhmud has an MMA record of 23-6 and 1-0 in the UFC. WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Last Updated: 11th November, 2019 22:47 IST UFC: Floyd Mayweather’s Protege Is All Set For His Second Bout Makhmud Muradov, the member of Floyd Mayweather’s ‘Money Team’, is set to return to the UFC Octagon for his second fight for the brand. Know more details. 10 months ago UFC 244: Where to watch, schedule and live streaming detailslast_img read more

Liberia Marathon Preparing for 2017


first_imgThe Liberia Marathon Trust and its organizing committee wishes to inform its many runners, partners, sponsors and the general public that the next Liberia Marathon will be held in 2017, with the specific date to be announced as soon as possible. “After the massive success of the 2015 Liberia Marathon, it was our hope to host a race in 2016 riding on the wave of our success in 2015. However, in order to continue providing a race of the highest international standard, additional preparation time is needed to take stock and build the strongest possible organization for the future. This is being done with a view to reaching out to more Liberians in Monrovia as well as in the rural communities.“We are confident that come 2017, we will be on track for one of the best Marathons ever organized in Liberia and the sub-region. To our runners, we urge you to keep yourselves fit in preparation for the 2017 Liberia Marathon; it is just around the corner,” said the Trust.“Last year, the Liberia Marathon organized its third edition of the most iconic of races, thanks to the support of our sponsors: Cellcom; Exxon; RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas; Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company; West Construction; Brussels Airlines; and Monrovia Breweries. We thank them for grasping and remaining committed to our vision of the Liberia Marathon as an instrument of Peace, Unity, Togetherness and Economic Growth. Also, our partners, which included the Monrovia City Corporation, Armed Forces of Liberia, Liberia National Police, Liberia Athletics Federation and the Liberia National Red Cross, provided immense support to ensure the success of the marathon.” In 2015, the Liberia Marathon celebrated a New Beginning. It was a special race as it was in celebration of the country’s victory over Ebola and a memorial to those who died as a result. It indicated a milestone in the development of Liberia, fuelling the rising self-awareness of a society and revealing their collective energy, which was mobilized to make change happen. “We are confident that come 2017 we will be ready for everything that this new beginning promises. All our efforts will be targeted to make the best Liberia Marathon ever a reality – we will go bigger and better than before. The Liberia Marathon 2017 will be a glaring landmark, being a symbol of a strong, determined and beautiful Liberia.”The Liberia Marathon is the only long distance race held in Liberia. From its very beginning in 2011, the organizers have been determined that this event becomes an annual fixture in the calendar of Liberians, tourist runners and elite athletes alike.“To our sponsors, partners and volunteers, we say again, a BIG thank you for believing in us, for supporting us and most importantly for wanting to do it all again.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more