Lucky for you, there are diet and exercise secrets that stars pay big bucks for that you will learn without spending a dime. Even though you won't be walking the red carpet any time soon, you will
soon be walking through the grocery store looking red-carpet ready.
First, try to remember that celebrities get paid millions to look a certain way, and are therefore highly motivated to lose the weight. On the other hand, for us "normal" moms, 2-3 hour training sessions twice a day is a little over the top. Your body has just done something miraculous, and you need to take some time to heal and enjoy your baby.
Before you begin any exercise program, talk with your doctor about when it is safe to begin. Many doctors recommend you wait until your six-week check-up. Avoid crash dieting, and keep your caloric intake within 1,500-1,800 per day to avoid fatigue and irritability. At this point in your life, you need all the energy you can get!
Most experts agree that to maximize your weight loss potential you must focus on both diet and exercise. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow insists she is, "not dieting, because I am a milk machine," but she does make sure she eats healthy organic food and drinks plenty of water. Most stars need a more structured diet plan and hire nutritionists to count every carbohydrate and monitor every calorie that passes their pampered mouths. Here are the most common diet plans to help you lose the jelly belly.
David Kirsch, supermodel Heidi Klum's trainer, tells Access Hollywood that the best way to lose the bloat is to cut down on "starchy carbs" like dairy and fruit for two weeks.
Now that you know how the rich and famous diet, let's talk about how they exercise. It seems celebrity exercise programs run the gamut from extreme (Kate Hudson's daily three-hour workouts to lose 60 pounds in four months) to non-existent (Elizabeth Hurley who insists, "I don't do a lot of exercise."). It seems like the common denominator in most celebrities exercise programs is that they exercise for at least an hour a day, five days a week.
Madonna keeps her 48-year-old body looking decades younger by following Ashtanga Yoga. This specific type of yoga is more aerobic and energetic in nature than other types of yoga. I'm sure her high-power dance routines also play a part in keeping her body looking fabulous.
You are now armed with all the celebrity secrets to get your post-baby bod in top form. Eat healthy, exercise and enjoy your baby -- the weight will come off. Try not to compare yourself to closely with seemingly perfect celebrities, and appreciate what your body has just done.
Actress and mom Mariska Hargitay sums it up perfectly: "I'm a woman, I'm a goddess. I've earned this body. My body is my badge of honor."
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