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Mother, 26, who put on 32kg during pregnancy reveals how she banished her ‘stomach pouch’ for good

When mother-of-one Ely Fisher put on 32 kilograms while pregnant, it wasn’t just losing the weight that proved difficult. 

It was getting rid of the ‘stomach pouch’ that had plagued the 26-year-old from Perth for years.

Explaining how she lost her stubborn ‘stomach fat’, Ely recently revealed the seven lessons she’s learned.

When mother-of-one Ely Fisher put on 32 kilograms while pregnant, it wasn’t just losing the weight that proved difficult – it was getting rid of her stubborn stomach fat (pictured after)

Explaining how she lost her stubborn 'stomach fat', Ely recently revealed the seven lessons she's learned (pictured after giving birth and today)

Explaining how she lost her stubborn ‘stomach fat’, Ely recently revealed the seven lessons she’s learned (pictured after giving birth and today)

'Stomach fat is one of the most stubborn areas to burn, that and underneath the bottom,' Ely (pictured) - she said that your body will respond best to a team effort so tone all areas

‘Stomach fat is one of the most stubborn areas to burn, that and underneath the bottom,’ Ely (pictured) – she said that your body will respond best to a team effort so tone all areas

‘Stomach fat is one of the most stubborn areas to burn, that and underneath the bottom,’ Ely wrote on her Instagram page.

‘Some things I learnt pretty quickly: 1. Fat loss happens ALL over!!! If you’re evenly working out your body, from your arms, back, chest, abs, legs and bottom, you will see fat loss all over and evenly!

‘If you have a problem area, it doesn’t mean you just over work that region, neglecting the rest. Your body responds best in a team effort. So plan your week working out upper body, lower body & an ABS day,’ she continued.

Ely added that when she first started trying to lose weight, she incorporated at least one 30-minute workout per week solely for her ‘core and abdominal area’.

Ely added that when she first started trying to lose weight, she incorporated at least one 30-minute workout per week solely for her 'core and abdominal area'

Ely added that when she first started trying to lose weight, she incorporated at least one 30-minute workout per week solely for her ‘core and abdominal area’

Speaking about the second thing she’s learned, Ely said you have to ‘get that heart rate pumping’.

‘The best ab workouts are the fiery ones for fat loss – I’m talking Mountain Climbers, Snap/Tuck jumps, commandos and bench jumps,’ she said.

The 26-year-old mum of one said she will always do these, finished off with a minute-long plank to help her strength.

‘3. Always engage your core! If it’s leg day, make a conscious effort before squatting to pull that rib cage in, squeeze those glutes and get tight, if it’s arms, do the same.’

The 26-year-old mum (pictured pregnant and now) said that she will always incorporate a fat-burning HIIT workout into her ab-busting routine as this is what blasts tummy fat

The 26-year-old mum (pictured pregnant and now) said that she will always incorporate a fat-burning HIIT workout into her ab-busting routine as this is what blasts tummy fat

What are Ely’s tips for losing stomach fat?

She also said you have to follow a predominantly clean diet

She also said you have to follow a predominantly clean diet

1. Your body responds best in a team effort. So plan your week working out upper body, lower body & an abs day.

2. Get your heart rate pumping – if you want to lose stomach fat, you have to do things like mountain climbers, bench jumps etc.

3. Always engage your core, even if you’re working out your legs, arms or glutes. 

4. Follow a predominantly clean diet as abs start in the kitchen.

5. Be patient, trust your body and document progress photographically every four weeks.

6. Set yourself a physique goal.

7. Love yourself and your body and believe in your personal strength. 

Ely also added that you need to follow a ‘predominantly clean diet’, as the saying that abs start in the kitchen bears some resemblance to truth.

‘I was surprised at how much my skin did naturally come in as I lost weight,’ the young mother added. ‘I set myself a physique goal and once I reached that goal, I went and had a radio frequency skin tightening session… It really worked!’.

Aside from this, Ely said you’ve got to be patient:

‘Trust your body, document your progress photographically every four weeks to help you track your progress which will add motivation,’ she said.

‘Love yourself, believe in your strength.’  

'Trust your body, document your progress photographically every four weeks to help you track your progress to add motivation,' she said (pictured at two different stages on her journey)

‘Trust your body, document your progress photographically every four weeks to help you track your progress to add motivation,’ she said (pictured at two different stages on her journey)

According to Ely, while she had always been relatively slim before she became pregnant, she quickly started gaining weight while expecting - and this then snowballed (pictured before and now)

According to Ely, while she had always been relatively slim before she became pregnant, she quickly started gaining weight while expecting – and this then snowballed (pictured before and now)

Ely previously spoke to FEMAIL about how she lost the 30 kilograms put on while pregnant over the course of a year – and why one of the most important changes she made was one she made to her daily coffee order.

The slim mum swelled from 55 kilograms pre pregnancy to 87kg just after having given birth to her baby boy.

According to Ely, while she had always been relatively slim before she became pregnant, she quickly started gaining weight while expecting:

‘Ocean, my baby boy, was a honeymoon baby, he came five years early,’ Ely told Daily Mail Australia.

‘So I was totally unprepared mentally for pregnancy and what it would bring.’

Before she knew it, the 26-year-old mother-to-be was ordering ‘McDonald’s at 2am, four nights a week’ and ‘giving in to every craving under the sun’:

‘I had never been an active girl or an exerciser, so I quickly went from 55kg to 87kg,’ she explained.

‘Once I gave birth, I expected the breastfeeding to rid me of my extra 30 kilos. But that didn’t happen and when a year later I found I was still carrying it, I knew something had to change.’

Taking matters into her own hands, Ely (pictured before and now) followed a 'high fat, high protein and 20 per cent carb diet' - which is one she still sticks with

Taking matters into her own hands, Ely (pictured before and now) followed a ‘high fat, high protein and 20 per cent carb diet’ – which is one she still sticks with

Taking matters into her own hands, Ely first of all started to do what many dieters do – she counted calories:

Ely Fisher’s workouts 

* One 30-minute leg workout on a Monday

* One 30-minute arms and abs workout on a Wednesday

* One 30-minute full-body workout on a Friday

* Daily walks 

‘It was a shock when I came to realise I was consuming something as crazy as 3,000 calories a day,’ Ely told FEMAIL.

‘That’s more than double what’s recommended for a woman of my size and height – especially considering how inactive I was at the time.’

And so, next, the 26-year-old put some time into researching what was and wasn’t good for her:

‘I learned quickly I should probably stop drinking three huge milky sugary syruped coffees each day,’ she explained.

‘I also found out in January 2017 that I had a major iron deficiency, which really helped me to sort out my energy issues.’

The mother-of-one discovered Australian personal trainer, Kayla Itsines', BBG programme - a workout approach which is followed by millions of women around the world

The mother-of-one discovered Australian personal trainer, Kayla Itsines’, BBG programme – a workout approach which is followed by millions of women around the world

Not only this, but the mother-of-one discovered Australian personal trainer, Kayla Itsines’, BBG programme – a workout approach which is followed by millions of women around the world:

‘I failed at it a few times at the beginning, but soon learned to start doing three body weight plyometric home workouts a week from Kayla’s Sweat programme,’ she explained.

‘For instance, on Monday I’d do a 30-minute leg workout, on Wednesday, it would be 30 minutes of arms and abs, and Friday 30 minutes of full body.’

Ely added that she noticed the weight started to ‘fall off’, and so ‘slowly I built up my stamina so I could add in a walk here and there’.

Ely added that she noticed the weight started to 'fall off', and so 'slowly I built up my stamina so I could add in a walk here and there' (pictured during her journey)

Ely added that she noticed the weight started to ‘fall off’, and so ‘slowly I built up my stamina so I could add in a walk here and there’ (pictured during her journey)

Ely Fisher’s day on a plate

* Breakfast: Long black coffee with a dash of cream, four eggs scrambled or a protein shake with berries and oats, some avocado or a teaspoon of healthy nut butter.

* Morning tea: A protein shake with some nuts or houmous with rice crackers or chopped vegetables.

* Lunch: Stripped chicken breast fried, or tuna with cottage cheese and avocado in a bowl.

* Afternoon snack: Greek yoghurt and honey or a boiled egg and an apple. Alternatively, smoked salmon.

* Dinner: Roast meat or beef stroganoff, oven-baked chicken legs with vegetables. 

On the nutrition side of things, Ely said she followed a ‘high fat, high protein and 20 per cent carb diet’ – which is one she still sticks with, thanks to the success levels she has enjoyed with it:

‘I also tried intermittent fasting for a while, which I approached in a balanced and healthy way,’ she added.

Today, Ely weighs around 60kg – and while she said there is still a little fat, there is also a lot more muscle on her body.

‘I am happier about my body than I’ve ever been before,’ she added.

Her day on a plate now includes the likes of a long black coffee, four eggs scrambled, Greek yoghurt, chicken breasts and tuna.

Ely also swears by healthy fats such as avocado, healthy nut butters and portions of nuts.

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