Celebrity Pregnancy & Weight Loss

A glance at the tabloids and celebrity gossip magazines makes it seem as though every single female celebrity is getting pregnant, having the baby and then miraculously losing the baby weight. While some celebrities claim to share their secrets, in many cases, their methods of rapid post-pregnancy weight loss are unrealistic for the average woman. Some of their secrets may help you lose that post baby weight, though.

Diet Choices

Many celebrities hire nutritionists or dietitians after giving birth to get them back on the right track in terms of their diet. According to Family.com, several actresses, such as Jennifer Garner and Kate Hudson, used a low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet to help them shed the pounds after their pregnancies. Other celebrities, such as Denise Richards, hired a food delivery service to prepare her meals for her after the birth of her child.

Exercise

Some celebrities may go overboard when it comes to postpartum exercise. For instance, according to Family.com, Kate Hudson worked out for three hours a day after giving birth. You most likely don’t have the time or inclination to work out that much, but every little bit helps. A few celebrities swear by yoga to help get their shape back after the baby’s birth, while others turn to running or jogging and some, such as model Heidi Klum, swear by the rowing machine at her gym.

Breastfeeding

After you’ve had a baby, your body turns to milk production to feed her. According to KidsHealth, you burn extra calories while breastfeeding, since you have to make milk. According to Now Loss, you can burn 500 extra calories daily, leading to 1 lb. lost each week. It can also help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly, giving you a flatter stomach. Several celebrities, such as Heidi Klum and Gwyneth Paltrow, claim that breastfeeding helped them shed baby weight.

Risks

Before you start exercising, make sure you check with your doctor. Your joints will be looser after pregnancy, according to MedicineNet.com, which can increase your risk of injury. Keep a lookout for other warning signs of injury, such as bleeding, pain in your muscles that lasts for more than two days and the inability to catch your breath. Also be careful not to follow any extreme celebrity diet regimens. Some celebrities reduced their food intake to fewer than 1,500 calories, which is detrimental to both you and your child.

Make It Work For You

You may not have the time and money celebrities have to spend on getting your pre-baby body back. You also don’t have to worry about being photographed and put on display on the Internet or in magazines. You can try to follow the healthier weight loss tips from celebrities and make them work for you. Instead of hiring a trainer, work out to a post-natal DVD or sign up for a post-natal group class. Set up a healthy diet and chart it out to make sure you stick with it. Talk to your doctor about your weight loss goals, and set a date by which you’d like to have shed the pounds.

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