Due to serious morning sickness that would go away only when she ate sizable bowls of pasta with butter and cheese, Fisher put on 65 pounds in her first pregnancy and 70 in her second, she told Fitness magazine. And considering she had to be on the set for Confessions of a Shopaholic just three months after she gave birth to her first daughter, she certainly had to work hard and fast. To slim down on a deadline, she started working with a trainer three times a week, which she found both inspirational and terrifying, since she didn't want to let her trainer down. She must have felt more of the former than the latter, because she enlisted the help of a trainer every couple of weeks after her second pregnancy as well. But this time, without the pressure of starring in a film, she let herself lose the weight slowly with the added help of breastfeeding and hiking in Runyon Canyon.
Some celebrities get right into weight-loss mode post-baby, but others, like Melissa Joan Hart, take their time with it. It took her over a year to drop the 55 pounds she put on during her second pregnancy. So how did she do it? A big part of it was cutting out sugar, she tells justmommies.com. And when she was done with breastfeeding, she cut out dairy as well as starches from time to time. Hart fuelled up with protein shakes for breakfast and fish for dinner, and she also made sure to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.
When you've committed to hosting the Country Music Awards just three months after giving birth and are starting filming on a movie in which you're playing the title role shortly after that, one can assume you have some pretty solid motivation to slim down post-baby. But strutting the red carpet at the CMTs and getting started on the Veronica Mars set didn't cause Bell to resort to unhealthy measures. Instead she focused on clean eating and favoured salads, fruits and vegetables, while avoiding desserts. She also started hitting the gym as soon as her doctor gave her the go-ahead.
After surpassing 200 pounds while pregnant with her son, Jenny McCarthy decided to get some professional help to lose the added weight. She told Shape magazine it was working with Weight Watchers that taught her about portion control and helped her slim down. Later, she changed her diet even further by cutting out gluten and dairy. An average day features an egg white omelette for breakfast, nut packets for snacks and fruits and vegetables puréed into soup paired with fish for lunch and dinner.
When you see a photo of a celebrity at nine months pregnant and then see a photo of her back to her old size a few months later, it's easy to think the weight just fell off. But Kate Hudson makes it clear that although she may have managed to drop the pounds, it wasn't easy. In fact, it took six hours of exercise a day, she told Star magazine. She would do 45 or 55 minutes of cardio and then an hour of Pilates or yoga, three times a day. Now that's some serious commitment to weight loss!
Although we can certainly learn from what works for others, if you have some excess baby weight you're trying to lose, don't be too hard on yourself. Every woman's body is different, and it's completely normal for your body to change during and after pregnancy. As long as you're healthy and happy, that's what matters most, so don't panic if the weight doesn't slide off as quickly as it has for others. Take your time, be kind to yourself, and if you're genuinely concerned, contact a health care provider or other experienced professional you think can help you.
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