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Not Losing Baby Weight, Despite a Healthy Diet?

healthy foodI am often asked, “How many calories should I eat to lose the baby weight?” or “But I’m eating really healthy food, why can’t I lose weight?”.

Because if you eat more food than your body needs, you won’t lose weight.

Now if you’re one of the MuTu Mamas who has downloaded the MuTu System 12 week coaching programme to *lose the mummy tummy for good* then you will know all about MuTu Food. MuTu Food is not a diet in the traditional sense. It has a few very simple rules and one of them is simply to eat CLEAN FOOD. Clean food is real food. Unprocessed, in its natural state, no list of ingredients, real food.

Real food INCLUDES nuts, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil and seeds. These foods do contain fats but these fats are good for us! As I have been heard (once or twice ;)) to comment… “No one ever got fat from eating too many brazil nuts”. I mean it – show me an overweight person who’s fat because they eat too many avocados or cashews and I’ll eat my shoes.

But whilst these foods are good for you, and so are wholewheat spelt pasta, and Whole Earth peanut butter and bananas… whilst these foods are all nutritious and energy giving and wholesome… if you eat more than your body needs, you’ll gain weight. Too many calories will make you fat. And that’s not baby fat, it’s just fat :(

I was recently reassured by a client that the pizza and wine she had consumed 3 days out of 7 last week was OK because it was organic. Fabulous. Organic. We like that. No pesticides, no sulphites in the wine, plenty of healthy antioxidants in the tomatoes…  just TOO MANY CALORIES!!

So how many calories do you need to lose weight? Well that depends on your genes, your age, your lifestyle, your activity levels and your metabolism. But if you want to lose fat, you need to use up more energy (calories) than you consume. Don’t eat more than you need.

The fat on your tummy (and everywhere else) is determined by the food you eat, not at the gym. Try these Top Tips for Losing the (Baby) Weight:

  • Write down what you eat. Often the simple act of writing it down can be a shocker (how many lattes / glasses of wine?!).
  • Eat smaller portion sizes. Portion sizes have got WAY out of control. Research has shown that the more we are served, the more we eat, overeating what our body needs by around 40%. Packaged foods and restaurant (especially fast food) servings have increased dramatically in size over the last 30 years. The meat on your plate should be the size of a deck of cards or your palm (without the fingers!). The pasta, rice or cereal the size of your clenched fist. The mayo or butter, the top of your thumb or 50g. I know it seems small, but that’s simply because we have got used to seeing enormous portions of food – way more than we need
  • Another way to keep an eye on variety and portion size is to divide your plate. One quarter protein, one quarter starch (potatoes, pasta etc) one half vegetables. Don’t overlap them or pile them high!
  • Sit at the table, put your food on a plate and eat it with a knife and fork. Think about and enjoy the food you’re eating – it doesn’t have to be fancy, but look at and think about what you’re eating – you may re-think it!
  • If you’re baffled by calories and want to be methodical about it, try a gadget like the Nutri-Weigh, kitchen scales that actually tell you the calorie content of your food.
  • Sugar and alcohol may be completely sabotaging your attempts at weight loss. For reasons I have written about at length… sugar makes you fat. (And alcohol is sugar. Empty calories plus added workload for your liver)

For the numbers-oriented amongst you, a pound / 0.45 Kilos of fat is roughly equivalent to 3,500 calories. By reducing your daily calorie intake, or by increasing your daily exercise, by 500 calories, you can lose a pound of fat in a week. Over a year, that’s 52 pounds, or 3.5 stones, or 23.64 Kilos.

So if you want fat loss that stays lost, this is the rate you should aim for: drop 500 calories a day from where you are now.

Oh and a PS to the statement in the title… if you’re more than 6 months postnatal, um, that’s not baby weight. Sorry. 😉

Lose Baby Weight Video | Tabata 4 Minute Workout!

Lose baby weight with A What Workout? Tabata. Named after a Japanese scientist called… you guessed it, Dr. Tabata. A Tabata workout is a 4 minute, high intensity, fat burning, interval training workout. That’s FOUR minutes.  Now do I have your attention Busy Mamas?

Tabata workout 4 minutes high intensity interval trainingI’ve said a thousand time before that if you want to lose baby weight fast then interval training at higher intensities is more effective for fat-loss than long, slow and steady. This applies to everyone, so don’t think you’re excluded from the theory if you’re not in great condition!

Slogging away, long slow and steady on cardio machines or jogging for long periods of time is outdated thinking (it used to be believed that this was the most efficient way to burn calories – it’s not).

WHY do intensive intervals work to lose baby weight? OK, brief science bit: when you work aerobically (steady, moderate pace) you are using a constant amount of energy (calories). When you stop, so does the fuel consumption. When you work anaerobically, you are working so hard that your body is using energy faster than it can access or replace it. This creates a kind of energy deficit in your body, and so for HOURS afterwards, your metabolic rate remains raised, clocking up the fat loss! :)

In a nutshell, if you fit more work into the same amount of  time, you are burning calories for hours after you’ve finished exercising. No Brainer. Why wouldn’t you?!?

So Dr Tabata took this theory and made it really intensive and proved (with *proper experiments* and everything) that you will be burning fat like no-body’s business for hours. This is how it works:

  1. Work as hard as you can for 20 seconds
  2. Rest for 10 seconds
  3. Repeat 7 more times for a total of 8 sets.

= 4 minutes of workout time = lose your baby weight in less time than it takes for the pasta water to boil for the kids’ tea

There’s lots of ways of varying this

  • The standard format is to take one exercise, say running, and just do that. So sprint like hell for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and so on
  • You can use most types of exercise: it could be a cardio activity like cycling, or swimming, a body-weight exercise like squats or press ups,  or you could be using dumb bells or other equipment. The constant is that you work as hard as you can, or do as many reps as you can, for the 20 second sections
  • You don’t have to do the same exercise throughout – you could alternate 2 exercises, or do 4 twice, or do 8 different things
  • Try to do as many of each exercise as you can within the 20 seconds. Try to beat it next time!
  • Want to make it harder?! Instead of totally resting for each 10 seconds, do a lower impact or easier version (see the ‘hard’ version video)

And here’s a harder one…!!


How to incorporate Tabata into your routine

You don’t want to replace every workout with a Tabata one – probably a good place to start is to throw this into the mix once a week.

A few guidelines and warnings…

The principle of interval training applies to everyone regardless of your fitness levels.

However… Tabata training is an advanced form of training. It is INTENSIVE. It is DEFINITELY NOT for new mums (anything under 6 months postnatal) and indeed after that until you have progressed your exercises intensity gradually. Don’t do it if you are out of condition, have high blood pressure or are pregnant (do I even have to say, DO NOT do this if you’re pregnant…?). Keep it low impact if you have pelvic floor weakness or any joint problems. STOP if you feel dizzy or faint, SLOW DOWN if you need to. Just do 2 minutes at first. OK, are we covered? Right.

Remember that provided you are fit and able to do this type of workout (see above) for Tabata to be effective you must work at maximum intensity.  Just doing any old exercise at leisure for 20 seconds does not a Tabata workout make… you need big exercises, high energy (not necessarily high impact) and high intensity.

Have fun with it and let us know what variations you come up with! And if you want to get the fabulous pumping music with the timed intervals all done for you, go to Global Bootcamp to download a completely free 8 minute track!

This video gives you just a taster of the style of the 12 week MuTu System video coaching programme. It’s not your average *shiny ladies in shiny studio* kind of video! This is how I work out to stay strong, lean and toned and it’s how I train my clients. It’s real life and it works!

Download 12-week MuTu System video coaching with full program document HERE! For less than the cost of one personal training session or a month’s gym membership in most towns, just look at what you get!!


To buy the exercise equipment used in these videos, plus more ideas as well as books, supplements and other goodies Wendy recommends, CLICK HERE to visit the MuTu Fit Kit Store!

Pregnancy + Postnatal Exercise Video | Low Impact Cardio Ideas

Pregnancy and postnatal exercise video below! Pregnancy and postnatal exercise needs to be low impact (read more about why early postnatal exercise needs to be low impact here) But it can be hard to think of low impact cardio ideas sometimes – IE how to get your heart rate up, warm up and add an aerobic element to your interval training (another video of that for you herebut that one has jumping!), WITHOUT straining your joints.

Your postnatal exercise regime should be low impact for AT LEAST the first 12 weeks postpartum., and ideally for the first 20 weeks.These exercises are also suitable for exercise during pregnancy, and you can adapt the squat movements to a wider leg stance (with feet turned slightly out to the sides so they track the same direction as your knees) to allow for bump space!

If you’re breastfeeding, jumping about doing postnatal exercise is going to be uncomfortable, certainly until your breasts settle down and you can time feeds to be before a workout. In the early postnatal period you will still have the hormone relaxin in your body which makes joints less stable and certainly if you have knee problems of any kind… there are many reasons you may want to keep your feet fairly close to the ground, but still want to work up a sweat!

Here are a few low impact pregnancy and postnatal exercsie ideas: jumping jacks with no jumping, knee or toe touches, as well as squats (narrow or wide leg stance) with added arm movement will all get your heart rate pumping whilst keeping your workout low impact. Yes, I know the little run at the beginning isn’t NO impact, but it is on snow so it’s pretty forgiving 😉

Once your technique is perfect… speed it up! 20 of any of these will get your heartrate pumping. Oh and spot the coyote in the background – how cool was THAT?!

Click Here For More  Guidelines On Exercising Safely During Pregnancy!

This video gives you just a taster of the style of the 12 week MuTu System video coaching programme. It’s not your average *shiny ladies in shiny studio* kind of video! This is how I work out to stay strong, lean and toned and it’s how I train my clients. It’s real life and it works!

Download 12-week MuTu System video coaching with full program document HERE! For less than the cost of one personal training session or a month’s gym membership in most towns, just look at what you get!!


To buy the exercise equipment used in these videos, plus more ideas as well as books, supplements and other goodies Wendy recommends, CLICK HERE to visit the MuTu Fit Kit Store!

Postnatal Exercise Classes | Boot Camp

Part 2 of my Postnatal Exercise Classes lowdown

What some of the most popular disciplines and classes will do for your baby belly… and what they won’t, as well as things to look for when going to any of these types of postnatal classes. In case you missed last week on Postnatal Pilates, you can view that here.

This week, an exercise class format that has taken the workout world by storm in recent years: Boot Camp

What Is It?

Boot camp refers to fitness training performed in groups, often outdoors, based to lesser or greater degrees on military fitness training. This means running, sprinting, pull ups, burpees, squats, push ups, lunges, and plyometric exercises (intensive, explosive movements usually involving jumping, where the muscle is stretched before it is contracted to build power and strength).

Boot camp sessions are promoted as, +  focus on, fat / weight loss, as well as the camaraderie and motivation of a group.  The instructor may dress and yell like a military drill sergeant, but usually they won’t, and always the emphasis is on encouraging  and motivating participants to push themselves ‘to their limit’. Classes vary in terms of difficulty and strictness, with more female or ‘new mum’-targetted classes  becoming increasingly popular. Formats vary, but you will probable do timed, circuit training style routines, possibly in pairs or small groups and with a fun competitive element.

What Can It Do?

A well run bootcamp exercise class will boost postnatal fat loss and improve cardiovascular fitness and strength. Intensive bursts of exercise, based on interval training principles will result in fast, efficient weight loss, provided they are combined with a nutritional plan, and of course, performed consistently.  The strengthening exercises tend to be large muscle group, functional moves which are great for all over toning and fat loss. If you enjoy a group class +  a fun, fast paced competitive environment and you find the drill style motivational – you’re going to have a blast.

Limitations / What To Watch Out For

The downside is that this type of workout can be a minefield of potential injury risk for a postnatal woman. As always on this blog, I use the term ‘postnatal’ liberally. If you have had babies, however many months (or years) ago, and your abdominal muscles, pelvic floor and posture have not been correctly put back together, then you count as postnatal!

Boot camp postnatal exercise may cause or worsen back pain (upper/shoulder or lower) as a result of  performing high intensity exercise with poor posture and lack of  core strength or stability.

Continued pelvic floor problems or even prolapse can be a probelm. This can be due to either a complete lack of abdominal / core recovery, or the type of core work that neglects the pelvic floor… it is not uncommon for these classes to include planks and other theoretically sound core strengthening moves, but with no instruction or education of the pelvic floor as part of the process. It’s all very well ‘switching on’ the abdominal muscles but as explained in the MuTu System, the pelvic floor is an integral and essential part of this.

High impact work too early after childbirth can cause knee or other ligament problems, as well as worsen pelvic floor weakness. This is related to the presence of the hormone relaxin in the body.

I have seen a Diastasis Recti significantly worsened by the abdominal crunches and oblique twists often included on boot camp programmes. Chances are your drill sergeant didn’t check you for a diastasis recti (a gap in your abdominal muscles) before you started the session… and chances are also that if you queried it, they wouldn’t be a specialists in correcting it or adapting your session. Straining and inappropriate abdominal work can worsen or contribute to a weakened area or abdominal / umbilical hernia.

Mums who suffered with Sypmphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) in pregnancy, are susceptible to a recurrence of  pain, due to strain, poor posture and lack of core stability.

Wendy’s Expert (Personal ;)) Opinion

OK, enough of the doom and gloom already! Of course you’re not going to (or if you did, you’d be bloody unlucky) suffer from ALL of the above. But they are very real potential consequences if your body is either not ready for, or not correctly instructed in, these type of exercises.

Those of you reading this who are already familiar with the MuTu System will probably be thinking ‘but lunges, squats, intensive interval training and even some plyometric work are all very much included in the programme! What is she on about?’

But (and it’s a big BUT) none of these movements are recommended before the foundations have been laid, and correct abdominal and pelvic floor stabilising movements have been integrated into EVERY ONE of those moves. Of course mums want fat loss, but they also need stabilising realigning, and repairing.

Boot camp has a lot of good points, not least that it is  a fun, sociable, intensive, fat burning workout. But it also has great potential for injury or unsatisfactory results for a postnatal mum. Get the right class, that understands all of the above issues, and that you combine with specific postural realignment (remember a mum isn’t necessarily quite straight when she starts..) and above all with repair of your abdominals and pelvic floor… (and so long as you like being shouted at 😉 it can be a great workout!

What do you think? Are you an instructor, particpant, enthusiastic fan or ‘wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole’?… Do leave a comment and let us know!

How To Lose Your Pregnancy Weight

Lose your Mummy Tummy with the MuTu SystemFollowing on from Putting on Weight in Pregnancy, explaining how much goes on, I figured it might be helpful to give you some pointers on actually losing weight after pregnancy. Not all your pregnancy weight gain was fat, but once all those extras have gone and your body no longer needs those extra maternal fat stores… the rest is. :(

If we were to believe the celebrity magazines, we’d think that losing baby weight was something you do in, oh, what, a couple of weeks? Well, I suppose if you had at least 2 personal trainers, perfectly calorie-counted meals delivered to your door, nannies, time for 2-3 hour daily workouts… blah blah, then so could you. But hey.

So, back to our world. Your pregnancy weight took 9 months to go on, so first things first, give yourself a break. Whatever kind of birth experience you had (and as far as I’m aware, ‘easy’ isn’t even a category) then that birthing thing is a traumatic process at the best of times, and your body needs to recover.

But there are some things you can do literally as soon as you think of them after giving birth. Don’t panic, I’m talking about breathing (which you’ve got to do anyway, right? So you might as well do it in a way that will find your tummy muscles).

Full, deep breathing will relax and restore you, as well as start to make you aware of your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.  Lying on your back with chin gently dropped, your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, establish a comfortable rhythm of breathing.  As you fully exhale, gently draw your belly button back towards your spine, feel your belly hollow and your lower back press into the floor as your pelvis tilts slightly. At the same time consciously draw your pelvic floor muscles in and up. As you breathe in, let everything relax as your lungs fill with air and your belly expands. Repeat a few times.

If you had a vaginal birth, your may not be able to feel much happening in your pelvic floor. And if you had a c-section, the ‘belly button to spine’ cue probably won’t register. But just do what you can and done daily, over a few weeks this process will help to repair nerve pathways and engage the right muscles.

I want to know how to lose my pregnancy weight, and she’s telling me how to BREATHE?

Yep. Because if you don’t find the right muscles, you’ll struggle to start exercising at all because you’ll have no core strength, you’ll get back ache and may injure yourself. Bootcamp for new mums?  Please don’t. Not until you’ve repaired everything ‘in there’ first!

Don’t do anything more than a daily walk and the above pelvic floor / abdominal breathing and pelvic tilt until 6 weeks (natural birth) or 10 weeks (c-scetion) postnatal. Then gradually up the ante with both cardio and resistance exercise that realigns your posture, and strengthens and tones as you lose the fat.

That means gradually progressing your workouts so you’re exercising intensively 3-5 times a week for at least 15 (yes, just 15) minutes at a time. In order to make a real difference to your body shape and lose your excess pregnancy weight you’ll need to work quite intensively, but the good news is that interval training (workout video for you here!) is very effective so you don’t need very long!

Start low impact (no jumping) and listen to your body. Stop if you feel out of breath or dizzy and don’t go mad. Wear a well fitting sportsbra (I used 2 bras at the same time when I was breastfeeding!) and supportive trainers. REST when you need to and don’t work out every day. If you manage a brisk daily walk and your breathing / abdominal exercises every day in those early months, in my view you’ve done well!

Food-wise – don’t “diet”, especially when you’re breastfeeding. Eat real, fresh, unprocessed food that will nourish and restore your body, as well as feed your baby. You need about 500 extra calories whilst breastfeeding, but remember that your little one will not benefit from latte and muffin calories any more than your waistline will! Plenty more on how to eat to lose your mummy tummy and stay healthy here.

How long will it take? Sorry, its that ‘how long is a piece of string’ question again… You can lose your baby weight in 12 weeks if you’re dedicated enough.  And you’d be perfectly normal if it took 6, 9 months or more. You are juggling a baby, wildly fluctuating hormones, extreme tiredness, an emotional rollercoaster, possibly other children as well… and well, “life!”

So hold on to a little self love and TLC  too.

But the important thing to remember in the ‘great lose the pregnancy weight’ debate… is that it CAN be done, it is perfectly possible, but you should remember that a woman’s body which has had babies (however long ago she had them) is NOT just like everyone else once she is no longer classed as ‘postnatal’. Your posture, core abdominal muscles, pelvic floor and areas of strength, weakness and special attention are DIFFERENT, and should be treated as such. And it totally, honestly, definitely CAN look gorgeous again.

How long did it take to lose yours? Or are you still thinking about losing your baby weight after the school run is well underway?!

Exercising But Not Losing Fat? This Is Why

Doing loads of exercise will not make you slim. Or rather, not if that’s ALL you do.

Do you ever say, ‘Well I went for a run today, so I can have this pizza’ ? Or ‘I’ve been to the gym, so I deserve a latte on the way home’? Most of us have at some time justified a *treat*, by believing all that extra exercise somehow cancelled it out.

But then you didn’t lose any fat. DESPITE doing all that exercise. SO unfair! :( Because that’s exactly what you did. Cancelled it out.

There are 2 lessons here:

The first is that losing body fat is in on one level a very simple equation. In order to lose fat, we need to use more calories for energy (through exercise, or by eating less) than we consume. We need to tip the balance into negative, so that we actually lose weight. If we simply ‘make up’ the calories exercised away by eating more calories, the result will plainly be that weight stays exactly where it is.

No, all calories are not created equal. And yes, it does make a difference what you eat, rather than just how much. But if you want to be smaller, you have to move more AND eat less.

The second revelation is a psychological one. Doing 20-30 minutes of intensive interval training (see here for a video!) is hard work. It will make you sweat, and if you did it well, you may even ache a little the next day. But your reward if you keep doing it consistently, will be a leaner, stronger and more toned body.

Unless of course, you follow it with a calorie-laden ‘treat’. In which case, you will still be stronger and fitter as a result of your workout…. But you won’t LOOK any different, because you just piled on more fat to cover up all that hard work.

There is no bigger de-motivator than *Zero Results*. So don’t un-do everything you just did! Give yourself the reward of  actually SEEING  the results of your hard work and give the latte a miss!

Tummy Still Look Pregnant After Childbirth? Here’s Why

tummy that still looks pregnant | is it diastasis recti?

Pregnant? Or just…

Does your tummy still look pregnant, even though you had your baby months ago? Is your post pregnancy belly not squidgy, or jelly-belly like, but rather hard and protruding, as if you were 5 months pregnant again?

This could be due to a condition known as diastasis recti. But other factors could also be causing it…

This can be more confusing when the rest of your body is relatively lean or slim, but the mummy tummy hasn’t gone away. It doesn’t *feel* like excess fat, because it’s firm and sticks out, literally like when you were pregnant.

Sometimes it gets worse throughout the day, getting bigger at the end of the day or after a big meal.

Bottom line, you’re fed up with being asked when the next one’s due, and can’t understand why the rest of your body has pretty much ‘gone back’, but the belly is still a BIG problem.

OK, well there are a few factors which could be contributing:


Firstly, and this applies especially if your belly seems to get bigger throughout the day, or if you feel bloated or uncomfortable after eating: there could be excess sugar in your diet, and/or you could have developed an intolerance to certain foods. All of these will cause swelling and bloating, as undigested food in your intestine is literally ‘pushing’ your stomach outwards.

Cut out processed foods, including sugar, and try cutting out wheat and dairy as well for a few weeks. None of these foods are necessary for healthy diet so you won’t come to any harm by removing them for a while! And try to monitor when it feels worse. Very often women complain of bloating which varies throughout the day – if this is the case for you, then your muscles are not to blame, this is a food and/or digestive issue

Clean up your diet as much as you can, drink plenty of water and herbal teas to encourage digestion and eat plenty of fibre in the form of whole fruits and vegetables, high quality protein with every meal and limited carbs, such as wholegrain rice, quinoa, rye, oats and spelt (Note: the last 3 grains on this list contain gluten… you may be intolerant to all gluten containing foods, so if the problems persist, you may need to go totally gluten free).

But sugar is the place to start… it may well be all you need to cut out, to see a dramatic difference and to make you feel a whole lot more comfortable.


Second possible cause is your posture, or more correctly, your alignment. The posture of pregnancy and mothering doesn’t do the profile of our tummies any favours! Imagine your pelvis is a bowl of water, which you have to keep upright to stop the water spilling… If you are over-arching your back OR tucking your tailbone underneath you, then your pelvis is not optimally aligned, and  the outward pressure on the rectus muscle (the one that splits with a diastasis) as well as the downward pressure on your pelvic floor, is increased. It also further weakens your transverse muscle, the important one to strengthen to get a flat tummy.


Thirdly, you may be ‘exercising your core’, but it is possible to go through the motions of these exercises without engaging the transverse muscle correctly. The key is what your lower abdomen looks like as you do them. Does it bulge out at all? If so, you are unknowingly increasing intra-abdominal pressure + training the muscles to push outward still further. You may be ‘bearing down’ or pushing (yes, this relates to your pelvic floor muscles too!) when you want to be achieving the opposite. When you engage your transverse muscles correctly, the lower abdomen should hollow inwards as the muscle contracts.


And the fourth factor is of course, diastasis recti… plenty more on diastasis recti here.


A bloated, painful and swollen abdomen CAN be a sign of something very serious like ovarian cancer – this is not to scare you, but simply to say that there’s no harm in getting checked out if you’re really concerned. Remember this is much less likely, and the above are  much more likely causes.

I hope this helps! Are YOU fed up with being asked when the next one’s due?

The MuTu System programs leave no stone unturned in your quest for a flatter post-baby tummy! Find out more here

‘Diastasis Recti Causes a Mummy Tummy’. Discuss.

Lose your Mummy Tummy with the MuTu System

Mind the Gap…

Diastasis Recti (click for more info) is without doubt a major culprit (or at least a symptom) in the mummy tummy stakes.

But make sure you don’t overlook diet, excess fat storage and maybe a lack of motivation or a feeling of hopelessness about your situation too. Here’s some ideas and strategies that might help.

If you have a post pregnancy belly which bulges or protrudes, and seems to form a cone shape when you get up from lying on your back, then you probably do have split abdominal muscles, or diastasis recti. You will also likely be suffering from weak core muscles – that’s the muscles that support your lower back, define your waistline and are connected to your pelvic floor.

But there may be other factors at play. Appropriate exercises for diastasis recti are the core activation and strengthening exercises discussed here. You see, the muscles that have split – the outermost, vertical recti muscles of your abdomen – are connected to the important transverse abdominus muscle that lies deep inside.

Any exercise that strengthens the transverse muscle and draws it IN, by default will also draw the recti muscles TOGETHER.

Multi-tasking exercise. We like that.

But I would like to add a cautionary note, that follows on from my post about the psychology of excuses… if you do not perform these exercises on a daily basis to repair your diastasis recti and strengthen your core AS WELL AS eat and exercise intensively to lose fat… you will not get rid of your mummy tummy.

Diastasis recti is:

1. Reparable

2. Not the only problem with most mummy tummies

In our determination to identify the one issue to place all our focus on, we easily lose sight of the maybe more obvious stuff. I recently dealt with a client who was so fixated on diastasis recti as the key to all her mummy tummy woes, she chose to ignore (or at least downplay) her excessive sugar consumption. The abdominal gap wasn’t the big deal in this particular case, the sugar in her diet was. But it was easier to focus on the former as that felt more ‘medical’, more out of her control, or was maybe just less painful or less hassle to deal with.

Post natal fat loss does not have one isolated answer.

This is why my MuTu System incorporates 5 essential components, ONE of which is treating diastasis recti.

Don’t kid yourself into thinking that if you could just close the gap in your abdominal muscles, all would be flat and gorgeous. In some cases this may be the predominant problem (every individual is unique), but there are 4 other issues. Ignore them, and you will make improvements, but you won’t have solved the problem.

Are you confused by the extent of your own diastasis recti, and how much it contributes to the appearance of your tummy? Let me know where you’re struggling and I’ll try to clear it up for you!