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Due to a growing number of celebrities being focused on for their quick weight loss after giving birth (Heidi Klum, Gisele, Miranda Kerr, Nicole Kidman, and Beyonce, to name just a few) Women are under a lot of pressure these days to snap back into pre-pregnancy shape – or better! – as soon as possible. Although it’s great to see women regain their bodies and confidence, the idea that it’s “normal” to snap back into shape a month or two after birth is not realistic or healthy for most women, and should not be looked at as a goal.
Jessica Simpson is currently feeling the cold hard truth of this. The singer-turned-actress inked a deal with Weight Watchers early in her pregnancy to lose the baby weight and be the celebrity spokesperson for the company’s next ad campaign. Either Jessica forgot about that during her pregnancy, or she assumed the $4 million she will get for reaching her goal weight would be enough motivation to work anything off, as she didn’t hold back one iota in her pregnancy.
Jessica received a good deal of criticism in the second half of her pregnancy, when the pounds really started piling on. Some experts estimated that Jessica reached 210 pounds at the peak of her pregnancy. Her goal weight for the Weight Watchers payoff is 130 pounds. That’s an 80-pound difference – ouch.
Granted, the 31-year-old had a 9+ pound baby girl, and the other fluids and things involved in giving birth total a few more pounds, so her actual weight loss today is closer to 60-70 pounds. Still – yikes.
The pressure is increased for Jessica due to a time constraint to reach her goal weight in time for filming the Weight Watchers ads. With only five months to drop the weight, Jessica is receiving private training at Harley Pasternak’s West Hollywood gym.
Jessica is also on a strict diet of protein rich foods and juiced foods, hopefully counting points via the Weight Watchers system. Such a diet is quite different from her pregnancy diet, which she openly admitted involved a feast of unhealthy choices such as Pop-Tarts, sugared cereals, boxed macaroni and cheese, brownies, and chocolate-chip cookie dough.
“I had a great pregnancy. Eating and not having to worry too much about it has been fun. Taking a break from working out has definitely been fun,” Simpson told Us Weekly in March. “But I'm ready for it to be over. I'm ready to have my body back!"
One element Jessica likely didn’t fully realize when she agreed to lose the weight so quickly is how hard it would be for her to leave her newborn daughter in order to do the hours of working out required to get back into shape.
“She doesn't want to leave her baby,” a friend told the media. “Sometimes she just starts crying. It's hard for her.”
That’s a lot to deal with on top of the usual new mom adjustments. We wish you the best of luck in your weight loss, Jessica!
Jessica recently told People magazine, “After you have your baby, it's like, 'Oh my God, what happened to my body?' This is not me…It would be nice to feel comfortable in a bikini, but that's not my goal. I just want to fit into jeans."