Tips from the trainers who helped Kendra Wilkinson, Jessica Alba, and more stars get their pre-baby bodies back.
On average, it takes a new mom just as many months to take off the baby weight as it does to put it on. When you're talking Hollywood moms, they have access to all the top trainers, meal plans, and nutritionists that money can buy, which sometimes speeds up the process. But that doesn't necessarily mean they don't have to work just as hard as the rest of us.
Either way, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz, and Kendra Wilkinson are rocking post-baby bods that put the rest of us to shame. Wondering how they did it? So are we. We got their celeb nutritionists and trainers to share some of their secrets.
Nutritionist-to-the-stars Jackie Keller, and author of Body after Baby, has worked with Witherspoon, Alba, and Cruz, to name a few. "For the most part, all of these women have been super-motivated to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight and shape as soon as possible. Of course they are also very concerned with their baby's needs and their own health, neither of which should be compromised," Keller says. "But the secret to losing baby weight fast without compromising health is twofold and emphasizes quality of food and physical activity."
Keller's celebrity clients started off their exercise regimen soon after childbirth by simply taking small steps – literally. "I advised them to start walking daily but to listen to their bodies. If they got overly tired or had any pain, I'd tell them to stop for a bit." After walking without any pain, Keller suggests adding stretching. "You can begin easy exercises like lunges, squats, shoulder raises, and light push-ups with the large muscle groups like back, legs, and chest. Avoid working the core and abdomen for at least 4-6 weeks, depending on your doctor's orders."
Keller's Body after Baby plan also includes eating plenty of what she calls super-fuel foods such as strawberries, almonds, and potatoes, which nourish the body after pregnancy, speed up healing, increase much needed energy levels, and allow the extra baby weight to come off naturally.
In Wilkinson's case, the naturally athletic ex-playmate turned to celebrity fitness trainer Nicky Holender after giving birth to her baby Hank Jr. in 2009. The 24-year old has been very open about her struggles to lose weight, after adding more than 50-pounds to her petite frame during pregnancy. She even stopped wearing her wedding ring because it no longer fit.
"When Kendra approached me, she told me she loved to indulge in her favorite foods, and she didn't want to give anything up," Holender says. "But I sat her down and explained my plan and told her my own wife lost 35 pounds in 10 weeks on it." The plan he devised for Wilkinson entailed eating five small meals a day and expending as much energy as possible. That meant she could still eat her favorite foods, but just in smaller portions, and she had to up the exercise. Still, exercising more didn't mean the AbCuts spokesperson would have to spend hours a day in the gym. "She would walk and carry baby Hank around the house between my visits and push him in his stroller to help burn extra calories. Your body doesn't care how you get those calories out, as long as you burn more than you are taking in."
Holender's plan is something all moms can do, with or without the help of a trainer. "Anyone can do the same after having a baby, but they must be dedicated, determined, and up for the challenge."