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:
“The reason I can be 38, have two kids and wear a bikini is because I work my (expletive) arse off. It;s not an accident, it’s not luck, it’s not fairy dust and it is not good genes. It is killing myself for an hour and a half five days a week, but what I get out out of it is relative to what I put into it”.
And this is where the main difference between the celebrity post baby body and average mums post baby body can be highlighted. Gwyneth goes to the gym for an hour five days a week! And you also need to account for getting to the gym, getting home and a shower – so I think you could safely say she spends at least 2 and a half hours a day on her fitness and she obviously works really hard for it which is why she looks do good.
So, no wonder she looks so good! But I think most mums would agree that finding 5 minutes to yourself is tough and if you don’t have the luxury of nannies, childcare or family to take care of your children every day then finding 2 and a half hours a day is near on impossible. Plus of course Gwyneth is famed for her macrobiotic diet which is limiting in what foods you can eat and quite expensive and I am sure she has chefs and dieticians at home to help her.
Again – most mums don’t have any help and either have full time jobs to get through each day or are full time stay at home mums raising the family and simply don’t have the time, energy, help or money to be able to spend so much time in the gym (of course there are lots of mums who are able to spend this amount of time in the gym and juggle commitments – but most cannot). I for one would love to be able to do more exercise and have more time to myself but there simply isn’t the time – so I do what I can, when I can and incidental exercise is my best friend.
So just remember if you want to look like the celebs then you need to live their lives and for most of us that is never going to happen so don’t put unrealistic pressure on yourself to reach an unobtainable goal and instead focus on small health goals and if you can persuade friends/family/partner to give you some time out a few times a week to do some activity by yourself that will also be a great help.
But just remember – take the weight loss slow and steady and if you need any help you can see our diet and exercise plans here – all designed for the busy and time poor mum.