Although we understand that you are longing to get back into your skinny jeans as quick as possible, is a full vegetable diet good for your recovering body?
Besides losing baby weight, this is a very important period in your life where you should focus on recovering from the intense birthing experience.
A vegetable only diet should not be an option to help you lose baby weight as you must consider your recovering body’s needs for protein and wholegrain carbohydrates. You need an adequate amount of protein from fish, poultry, meat and legumes. But of course having lots of vegetables combined with protein and wholegrains is very good for you.
Breastfeeding mothers should have at least 71 grams of protein a day to keep up their energy and replenish cells in your body.
So Tracey Anderson the insanely fit fitness guru (who trained Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow) has recently had a baby and this week has given an interview to DuJour magazine talking about how she lost her baby weight 6 weeks after the birth of her daughter and how that pregnant women overindulge and to quote Tracey she says,
“A lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and that’s the worst thing.
I’ve seen so many women who come to me right after [having children] with disaster bodies that have gone through hell, or they come to me years later and say, ‘Oh, my body is like this because I had three kids.”.
Now I personally don’t think this helps the pressure on post pregnant mums or mums who are currently pregnant with their body confidence and image and if I really don’t think mums need the pressure put on them like this.
As we all know the media just love to parade the post pregnancy pictures of the celebrity mums who have lost their baby weight and usually in around a blink of an eye.
And it can become plain boring the way the ‘post celeb baby body’ is always such a news and media piece.
We often get asked in interviews what our view is on celebrity baby weight loss and the simple answer is that how can you compare any celebrity to an average mum.
You simply can’t and this quote/image I recently found from Gwyneth Paltrow illustrates very nicely the deep divide in different realties between normal mums and the celebrity mums.
Gwyneth has an enviable body and always looks incredible and her reasons for looking so good was revealed when she said:
Photo shop drives me mad. The magazines we all buy make the models and celebrities look like they have perfect figures and although a few of them do (think Miranda Kerr) most have imperfections just like the rest of us and I really don’t think it is right that we all get made to think that having the body of a teenager is possible or achievable.
I understand that some magazines use photo shop to change lighting and skin tone but when they change whole body shapes or erase any signs of a post pregnancy belly is it really fair to the rest of us or should we take every photo we see with a big pinch of salt?
Today Megan Fox released pictures/arranged a photo shoot to show off her gorgeous baby bump and she looks stunning (these pictures are from the Pop Sugar site).
This has become news as a) it is Megan Fox b) she is gorgeous and c) because up until today she has not confirmed her pregnancy and by the look of the pictures she must be around 5 months – or maybe even 6.
Yes I know the celebrities have bucket loads of money and court the media but I feel terribly sorry for them as the media hound them and speculate over them if they think for a second they are pregnant – which is what has happened to Megan for months now.
As soon as the media suspect they are pregnant (or if someone has had a big lunch) they start running stories and photos about ‘is so and so pregnant?” and the magazines actually do whole features on a raft of celebs and I think poor Katie Holmes has been ‘pregnant’ for about three years and Jennifer Aniston must be rivalling Octomum now for how many kids she has if the media were right every time they claimed “pregnancy”.
Poor Jessica Simpson. Yes she is getting paid a whopping $4m to lose her baby weight but seriously, the pressure on her is incredible.
I have read many stories this week about her crying about having to lose the weight, feeling overly stressed about the weight loss and all in all finding it really difficult – and surely the $4m isn’t that important to her? She isn’t exactly on the bread line.
I wonder if in hindsight she would have wished that she hadn’t signed such a big contract with Weight Watchers – as if reports are to be believed she has 5 months in which to lose 26kg which is an ENORMOUS amount to lose in such a short time.
So the Jessica Simpson pregnancy weight loss campaign has already started and Weight Watchers are paying her big bucks to lose the weight and there are 101 articles out at the moment about how she will lose the weight and get back to her pre pregnancy figure.
I feel so sorry for the celebrities – yes they get paid lots of money but how hideous to have the world’s media watching you to see a) if you lose the weight b) how fast you lose it and c) how you did it.
As we all know being a mum caring for a new born is full on and taking care of something so small and defenceless is so stressful – and when you have a baby you really have a whole new set of priorities where now the safety and well being of your bub is number one. So how depressing to have to worry about your weight just a few weeks after birth.
As we all know whenever a celebrity mum has a baby they seem to lose weight fast after the birth and are back on the red carpet in super fast time!
So apart from having night nannies, personal trainers, chefs and day time help what are the learnings we can take from the celebrities on how to lose baby weight and tone up the stomach fat area?
Below are some of the top celeb mums weight loss secrets and diet secrets to how they look like they do
If you believe what you read in the papers or the glossy magazines, the norm for women who have recently given birth is to spring back almost immediately to their pre-baby weight losing their pregnancy weight gain in a matter of weeks, to have no stomach fat and to look glamorous and polished almost immediately.
Much has been written about celebrity mothers who are back in their tiny jeans within weeks, and in order to find out what mothers really think and feel about losing baby weight, the leading parenting website BabyCenter commissioned a large study. BabyCenter surveyed 7,000 mothers and their findings were interesting and revealing.
For the vast majority of mothers, losing the baby weight takes time. Many enter into their pregnancies with the perception that losing weight and stomach fat will be straightforward but for most, this is not the case. 60% of mothers with a child aged between 1 and 2 are still carrying a few extra kilos. The main issue contributing to the speed of weight loss is time; mothers with a newborn simply don’t have the opportunity to go to the gym.
It is a common misconception though that weight loss will be quick and easy after having a baby, an idea not helped by celebrity mothers with their personal trainers and chefs to help the process along. Studies have shown that mothers should be thinking about losing their pregnancy weight only when they are ready and that weight loss should be planned over months, not weeks and days as this is unrealistic and that mums should follow a realistic and safe weight loss plan catered for mums – such as the Lose Baby Weight plans.
Even for mothers who do manage to get back to their pre pregnancy weight, many find that their bodies are a different shape to their pre-pregnancy figures. Almost half find that pregnancy changes their breasts, and more than a third find their hips broaden too. For almost 9 out of 10 mothers though, it’s their stomachs which don’t snap back into shape after giving birth. Skin tone deteriorates with age, and mothers who have their children later may find it more difficult to return their stomachs to their pre-pregnancy firmness and lose stomach fat than mothers who have their children early
By: Tiffany Gomez
Award show season is right around the corner, starting up again with the People’s Choice Awards in January and this also means Celebrity weight loss season has kicked in. Red carpets are rolled out as paparazzi line up to snap photos of their favorite stars as they show off their expensive threads, arm candy, and post baby bods which are of course free of stomach fat.
Yes, you read right! There’s a new trend in town and Oscar De La Renta, Zac Posen, and Max Azria can’t stitch this one! Many celebrities take to the velvet pathway to strut their stuff after pushing out a kid–or two! Celebrity mums could bear the title ‘Supernatural’ when it comes to shredding off that after baby weight and losing their stomach fat but just like anyone else, it takes a lot of hard work and determination.
But can anyone do it? This is a rising question among this generation when ‘ordinary’ mums are forced to watch their favorite stars fit as ever while they are still lugging around an extra twenty pounds a year later. Although it’s hard to imagine Mariah Carey as just anyone, the pop diva made recent headlines when she dropped seventy pounds after giving birth to a set of beautiful twins, Moroccan and Monroe, just six months before.