Don’t let those ‘celebrity moms lose baby weight’ articles make you feel bad about yourself. Instead, why not learn from the good – and not so good – ways celebrity moms get back in shape?
5 advantages celebrities have over ‘real’ mums
If you’re ever tempted to let those celebrity ‘before and after baby’ pics depress you, remember that they’re paid millions to look the way they do – no wonder they’re so motivated to get back in shape! And remind yourself that unlike celebrity mums, you:
1) (Probably) don’t have a personal trainer
2) (Probably) don’t have a chef to cook up calorie counted meals for you
3) (Probably) don’t have the time to exercise 3-6 hours a day
4) (Very probably) won’t be filming a movie or modelling anytime soon
5) (Hopefully) won’t be out of a job if you don’t lose your baby weight
So, let’s ditch the guilt and learn from the approach that some of the most famous celebrity mums have taken towards shaping up after pregnancy.
Celebrity moms take it gently
Divergent actress and mum of three Kate Winslet spoke at the film’s LA premiere about attitudes to losing the baby weight. She told E! News: “So much attention is drawn to this thing of you know, post-baby body and how people did it, and I kind of think it’s awful that so much focus is put on that. You know, we’re not supposed to drop all this weight. You spend nine months expanding your body for this baby to grow in and that doesn’t disappear overnight. Having just had a baby, I’m not going to be thinking about my ar*e.”
Actress Drew Barrymore, who had her second daughter this April, told US Good Housekeeping in January 2013: “We live in a society where everyone’s like, ‘Look how amazing she looks two weeks out’. I don’t want to be on that hamster wheel; that’s hell. My goal is to be nice to myself, gentle towards myself, during this process. It’s such a sacred time.”
We say: It’s fantastic that these celebrity mums are determined not to succumb to the pressure of losing their baby weight in record time. Their ‘slow and steady’ approach is universally recommended by health professionals and their refusal to feel bad about their post-baby shape is an inspiration to us all.
Celebrity moms adapt their exercise regimes
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie had her son, Axl, in August 2013. She told ABC News this January: “I’m mixing it up. I’m doing hikes. I’m doing Yoga mixed with belly dancing. It’s just a fun, different thing. I did it while I was pregnant. I really enjoyed it so I’ve kept it going.”
After having her second daughter in January 2009, actress Jennifer Garner adopted a more relaxed approach than many celebrities, taking nine months to drop her baby weight. Her trainer, Valerie Waters, says that her mantra was ‘kids before cardio’. “If the baby didn’t sleep well one night then the next morning we might go 20 minutes instead of 60. If her kid needs to go to the doctor, she’s going to miss her workout.”
We say: We’re all more likely to exercise if we enjoy it and don’t get bored – Fergie’s ‘mix up’ is a great way of keeping exercise fresh. And of course, it makes sense to fit exercise around your schedule and that of your baby’s, to make the most of those precious first few years.
Celebrity mom admits it’s hard
X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn told Fitness magazine that shedding the weight she gained after having her twin girls in 2008 was a real struggle. “Losing that weight was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I had to change the way I worked out, the way I ate – everything.” She found that her pre-pregnancy exercise regime didn’t work any longer, but discovered that Bikram yoga did. “Doing a 90-minute workout in a 105-degree room sounded like torture…but the sweating is exactly what I became addicted to.” She also admits to going on a “major diet”.
We say: Full marks to Rebecca for her honesty. Of course it’s hard to get back in shape, especially when our lives have changed so radically, and there’s no shame in admitting it! Sharing the ups and downs with other new mums, whether face to face or through social networking, can be a huge help.
Celebrity mums take extreme measures
Actress Kate Hudson revealed to Star magazine that after her second pregnancy in 2011, she “…devoted six hours a day to a vigorous workout regime. I would do 45 or 55 minutes of cardio then an hour of Pilates or yoga, three times a day.”
“I wore a double corset day and night for three months,” actress Jessica Alba told NetS-a-Porter after her daughter’s birth in August 2011. “It was sweaty, but worth it.”
The fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham told Vogue magazine that she lost her pregnancy weight after daughter Harper was born in July 2011 by running six days a week plus using a workout from her trainer, Tracy Anderson.
We say: These celebrity mums have clearly taken extreme measures to lose their baby weight. It’s important, before starting any exercise or diet regime, to consult with your doctor, but if you’re contemplating the sort of activities adopted by these celebrities, it’s doubly important. Don’t be surprised if you’re counselled against them, unless you’re a trained athlete. Slow and steady works best for most of us!
Most experts recommend waiting for six weeks before doing strenuous exercise, but consult your doctor before starting an exercise regime as every woman heals differently. And don’t compare yourself to any other woman – fit exercise into your life in a way that works for you.
You shouldn’t start dieting for at least six weeks after birth, either. If you’re breastfeeding you need 1500-1800 calories a day, but most commercial diet plans have a 1000-1500 calorie limit. So have a chat with your doctor or health visitor before embarking on a diet regime.
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