Everyone recalls that infamous scene in Knocked Up when Katherine Heigl’s character’s TV executive boss asks her to “tighten up” after she gives birth. While there (hopefully) may be no such direct request in the real world, Hollywood stars do feel some pressure to lose their pregnancy weight.
Access Hollywood anchor Nancy O’Dell admits to OK! that she was “a little bit worried” about her post-baby figure working in the image-conscious town. Determined to get fit for her Sept. 11 Access return — exactly three months after she gave birth to daughter Ashby — Nancy sought the expertise of close friend Lisa Rinna’s personal trainer, Jeff DePeron, to get lean and mean again. And she’s definitely not the only new A-list mom who found an effective way to shed the weight — some have turned to new diets while others, like Nancy, also adopted a rigorous training technique.
Actually, “atypical” may be the better word to describe hers.
Combining ballet, Pilates, cardio, tai chi and even Olympic disc-throwing, Jeff’s routine involves a lot of contortions “that work out your whole body,” Nancy tells OK!. “You’re holding weights so it’s getting your arms at the same time or you’re doing these twists. In between, I’ll go down and do push-ups, and I’ve [also] been running at least 30 minutes.”
Jeff dubs the routine “moving forms” because constant movement puts the mind at ease and allows the person to concentrate on the movement itself, thus eliminating distractions.
“The exercises are hybrid exercises, which means that you use your upper body and your lower body at the same time so this way, you fire all your muscles in your body and burn much more calories,” he tells OK!.
Working out five days a week since July, Nancy has already lost 28 of the 30 pounds she gained. She hopes to lose seven more and has also amended her diet, with Jeff’s assistance, to help her achieve that goal too. The 41-year-old has been eating lots of egg whites, chicken, fish, yogurt, turkey and salads. Rice and carbs are a no-no, so are sweets and addictive sugars, but Nancy admits to have cheated. “It’s really hard for me to cut out Coca-Cola. [Jeff] said try to limit it to half a can a day.”
Fellow new mom Tori Spelling, who gave birth to son Liam in March, has also taken on a new diet to get her pre-pregnancy body back. The 34-year-old has been following NutriSystem to lose the 40 pounds she gained during pregnancy. The diet plan offers such a diverse variety of meals that it took Tori “forever” to go through the entire menu.
“The variety is great. It didn’t feel like I was on a diet. It was convenient with the baby, and it tasted good. It totally changed my body,” she tells OK!.
The actress-turned-entrepreneur loves NutriSystem so much that she plans to stick with it for a while, and so will her husband, Dean McDermott, who started the diet with his wife. Although the two deviate from the meals from time to time, it doesn’t mean they’re not serious about it.
“Sometimes we take [the NutriSystem meals] with us and get the restaurant to microwave it. A lot of them are like, ‘Sure, no problem,’ ” Dean tells OK!. “You just have to eat smart if you don’t have your stuff with you. We call it eating clean.”
Jennifer Garner had to eat clean, too, when she got on the action-packed set of The Kingdom not long after giving birth to daughter Violet, now 21 months. “I had to get on the treadmill and stop eating doughnuts,” the actress jokes.
Trying to lose the extra pounds was “a pain in the ass” for Jen. The 35-year-old was also misled by the common belief that breast-feeding helps with the weight loss. "It didn’t. I had to get disciplined about it.”
How disciplined? Jen hit the ice with the Boston University hockey team trainer to erase those 30 to 35 pounds she put on.
The workout has definitely worked for the former Alias star. She looks better than ever and so do Nancy and Tori. But they all might want to keep these diets and exercise regimens in mind for the future. They may need them again since all have talked about possibly having more children!
For before, during and after pics of these three sexy celeb moms, click HERE.
By Joyce Eng