I read a book over the weekend that I absolutely loved: Lose Your Mummy Tummy by Julie Tupler and Jodie Gould. (Thanks to readers Christina Howe and Sara. I’m so glad you both recommended this book in the comments!)
Lose Your Mummy Tummy
The “mummy tummy” is another term for “diastasis recti”, which is a condition where the abdominal muscles get stretched out and separate. This causes the belly to pooch out. It often happens during pregnancy, due to the strain of carrying a baby.
However, it can also occur in women who have never had a baby. Excessive exercise (especially sit-ups and some pilates moves) or improper heavy lifting can cause it. Men can have it, too.
Yes, you heard me right. Sit-ups are BAD.
This was enough for me to buy the book. I now have permission to NEVER do sit-ups or crunches again in my whole life. This is very good news and I am quite pleased.
The Cat Vomit Exercise
Not so fast. You still have to exercise to get rid of the mummy tummy. However, the exercises required will not further separate the muscles like sit ups do. These exercises will help bring the muscles back together and give you a flatter, more attractive belly.
As I read the book, I instantly flashed back to Tim Ferris’ “cat vomit” exercise in The 4-Hour Body. Ferris says that this “cat vomit” exercise is the very best way to get six-pack abs.
In Lose Your Mummy Tummy, Julie Tupler tells us that we need to do the same exercise. Only doing it on all fours (as Ferris recommends) is just one way to do it. She also has you do it while you are sitting (she recommends doing it while you are nursing).
Before and After Photos
What astounded me about these before and after photos on the Tupler website is that they all range between a month to a few months. It’s not like this takes a long time to achieve results.
My Experience with the Tupler Technique
I’m convinced that diastasis recti is part of my problem. It’s not my only problem; I also still suffer from adrenal fatigue and low thyroid function (I just had a recent discovery regarding my thyroid; more on that in a future post).
So I’m on the program. For the past two days, I did the 1,000 reps each day that Tupler recommends. I do it in the shower, while I’m watching TV, while I’m driving.
Tupler also recommends that you suck your gut in anytime you think about it. And it’s especially important to suck in your gut anytime you work out or anytime you bend over, lift anything, or get out of bed.
I’m not doing her whole program (it’s pretty extensive; she recommends 30 minutes daily, plus I’m already committed to doing kettlebells). However, I am incorporating this into the kettlebell challenge.
I’m also skipping the parts of my kettlebell workout that would further damage my diastatsis recti. They have you do kettlebell situps in my workout DVD. Instead of doing that, I’m doing the cat vomit exercise.
If I see results, and I think I will, I’ll do more. I will keep you guys posted and I’ll be posting my after photos in early March.
It’s not too late — click here to join the kettlebell challenge!
Get Lose Your Mummy Tummy
Click here to read Lose Your Mummy Tummy.
How About You?
Have you ever heard about diastasis recti? Do you think you have it? Share your experiences in the comments below.
Photo Credit: Too many cupcakes=muffin top by Zen Cupcake, on Flickr
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