Why This Fit Mom Shouldn't Attribute Her Post-Baby Body to Her Postpartum Binder
It's likely that diet and exercise is what helped her get the results she wanted.
Popular Australian fitness trainer Tammy Hembrow gave birth to her second child in August, and she already looks as toned and sculpted as ever. Her 4.8 million Instagram followers have urged the young mom to reveal her secrets and disclose how she was able to get her incredible post-baby body.
"What helped me bounce back is definitely how I ate and trained as I was pregnant," the 22-year-old said in a video on her YouTube channel. "I ate very clean, I had a lot of veggies, a lot of protein, and I tried to only limit my treats to the weekends, so during the weekdays I was eating clean all the time."
Along with eating well, working out regularly played a huge part in her weight loss. Hembrow said she hit the gym around four times a week and also kept busy chasing around her first child. "I made sure I got it done," she says.
Even though she had days where she was too tired or simply not motivated enough to keep up with her strict regimen, Hembrow stayed focused on her goals by thinking about the body she wanted after giving birth.
"What kept me going is how I wanted to look after the baby," she says. "I knew I wanted to get fit again after the baby and be in the best shape I could be, so I wanted to make it easier for myself by staying active while I was pregnant."
After giving birth, Hembrow continued to focus on her diet and also wore a waist binder to help her slim down.
"For the about a week or so, I wore a postpartum binder - they gave me one at the hospital," she says. "I definitely didn't just snap back to my pre-baby body once I stepped out of the hospital, you still look pregnant when you step out of the hospital."
"I wasn't in a rush or anything, but as soon as I got home I was eating clean, I was wearing the postpartum binder, and then I started working out about six weeks after the birth."
While no studies show that corsets or waist trainers actually work, several new moms have attempted to get rid of their post-baby mummy tummies with the help of these devices. Of course, as do many fad trends that promise instant results, they may seem promising at first... but no expert would actually recommend using one for weight loss.
"The corset physically restricts your stomach, and that can make it impossible to overeat," New York City nutritionist Brittany Kohn, R.D told Shape when asked if corsets are the secret to weight loss. "Cinching your waist also redistributes fat from your middle, so you look slimmer. But once the corset comes off, your body will quickly return to its usual weight and shape."
So while Hembrow's post-baby body is indeed incredible, it's highly likely that eating clean and working out regularly had everything to do with her success, and not the belly binder.