A typical scenario after a pregnant woman has put to bed in Africa is to have mothers press her tummy with very hot (infact boiling water!) as it is generally believed that this would help to melt all the fat, pregnancy has deposited in her tummy.
Many women who have just put to bed don’t mind this practice, however, it has led to some people sustaining burns or being scalded by the hot water. The question then is, does hot water pressing reduce belly fat?
The first thing we need to note in returning to shape is that patience is key. It was a nine-month period in which your tummy became big to house your baby, so don’t be in hurry to tighten your belly and also don’t compare yourself with celebrities as they have lots of resources and money to spend on hiring personal trainers, dietitians and other forms of consultation.
With respect to hot water and belly pressing, there is no scientific study to prove its efficacy, infact related studies prove application of external heat wasn’t effective in reducing belly fat. However warm massages with warm water help to improve blood flow, massage abdominal muscles and make one feel more comfortable.
Natural processes in the body also kick off, from the moment a baby is born, hormonal changes cause the uterus to contract, shrinking it back to its pre-pregnancy state. This takes about 6-8 weeks.
Exclusive Breastfeeding is quite helpful as oxytocin is produced and helps the uterus to contract. Also, Belly wrapping is an old-fashioned and effective way of toning abdominal muscles as it is believed that the compression in which maternity belts and tucks put on your abs may help the uterus to regain its normal size much sooner.
Dietary changes should also be looked into; say no to empty calories like cookies, candies, soda, chips and chocolates. Avoid eating at night and do more fruits and veggies. Equally being pampered with food makes you glow but know your limit if you plan to lose the tummy fat.