My client has 2 kids, the youngest is 4 and both delivered through caesarians. She has lost most of her baby weight, and we include lots of core training in her routines. Any suggestions on what else we can do and how realistic is it for her to expect her abs to return to pre-pregnancy firness/strength? How much more difficult is it to lose this baby fat than with vaginal deliveries?
Fat cells only multiply during two potential times in a person’s life: adolescence and pregnancy. This may affect the difficulty of weight loss, but it is not impossible with appropriate diet and exercise. There is also a possibility that the elastin in the skin may not match the loss of subcataneous fat (fat under the skin) that occurs.
Try not to exceed more than 2-3 days of core training per week. It may be tempting, but know that research has shown that abdominal training has no relation to fat loss in the midsection. Continue core training, but do not expect any direct adaptation except for temporary tightening of the stomach and abdominal strength.
The best way to lose weight (despite any condition or circumstance) is to burn more calories than consumed. There is no magic here, just proven science (the 1st law of thermodynamics). To find out the amount of calories you consume per day with activity, go to www.apexfitness.com and use their fitness calculators. Then begin food logging your calories every day. If the goal is one pound of weight loss per week, you must have a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day as there are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat. You can achieve this deficit by burning 500 calories, not eating 500 calories, or both!
If calorie restriction proves to be too difficult, you can purchase supplements such as theromogenics and meal replacements to assist you. The best ones on the market are at www.dotfit.com. Abide by these guidelines and, by science, you WILL lose weight. Make sure to take a multivitamin so you will not lose muscle during weight loss.