We’d be lying if we said Blake Lively doesn’t make us a bit jealous from time to time. From her goals-worthy relationship with Ryan Reynolds to her adorable children, James, 3, and Ines, 1, she seems to have a picture-perfect life.
However, Lively will be the first to admit that her life isn’t exactly as luxurious as it seems. After giving birth to her two children, she accepted that her body would never look the same as it did before — and she was OK with that.
By working with her trainer, Don Saladino, Lively managed to lose all her pregnancy weight. Here are the secrets to her insane weight loss, and photos that prove just how amazing she looks.
1. Lively recently lost her 61 pounds of pregnancy weight
It takes serious dedication to lose 61 pounds, but Lively put in the time and effort. She shared with her Instagram followers that she worked with Saladino to lose her pregnancy weight and turn her dream body into a reality.
“Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through instragram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models,” Lively wrote. “Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud.”
Next: She’s totally comfortable showing off some skin.
2. Her body is looking amazing
Lively’s body is looking amazing, and she has every right to show it off. In February 2018, she stepped out in a gray sweater and black knee high boots — and not much else. She shared a photo of the ensemble on Instagram, along with an adorable story about how her daughter, James, reacted.
“True story: As the elevator closed my daughter yelled after me, ‘Oh no mama, you forgot your pants!,’” she wrote.
Next: This is definitely an exciting part of losing weight.
3. She admits she feels more comfortable in certain clothing now
Lively told E! News that her toned figure has allowed her to feel more comfortable in new clothing. In reference to the Michael Kors trench coat Lively is pictured wearing above to New York Fashion Week, she admitted, “It took me 14 months, but I fit in PVC now.”
However, Lively pointed out that just because she pushed herself to get fit, not everyone has too. She noted, “But, it’s also okay if you don’t. If that’s not a priority or a goal of yours, then that’s fine, too.”
Next: She doesn’t have to be skinny to love her body.
4. She loved her body before losing the weight
Lively admitted that she loved her post-pregnancy body, even before losing the weight. In 2016, she confessed, “After I had a kid I thought, ‘Okay, this is what my body looks like. This is amazing — I earned this body.”
She added, “’And it’s not as good as it was before I had a kid, but, oh well.’”
Next: Here’s how she did it.
5. Her weight loss strategy is surprisingly doable
Saladino sat down with E! News to reveal exactly how he helped Lively get into such incredible shape. We were shocked to learn that literally anyone can follow her diet and exercise regime, without feeling deprived.
It may have taken Lively 14 months, but she and Saladino agreed that they weren’t aiming for any quick fixes. He explained, “When it came down to her losing weight in a short amount of time, that wasn’t something we wanted to do. We knew if we could take our time and really focus more on how her clothes fit her rather than the scale.”
He also noted, “That’s the same approach I take with everyone. I don’t like quick fixes. Blake and I wish that people would be more realistic.”
Next: She didn’t go on any crazy diets.
6. Her diet is all about moderation
Lively’s diet isn’t ridiculously strict, and she isn’t depriving her body of calories or carbs. Instead, she’s choosing whole foods and better options overall. Saladino explained, “She tries to focus on good quality food. If she’s eating pasta, it’s a good quality pasta. If she’s eating cookies, its good quality cookies. She tries to avoid processed foods, and junk foods. There’s a list of foods that one can eat on any budget that isn’t garbage.”
He added, “This is a very attainable way to do things, and I think anyone can do it the way she does it. She doesn’t drink alcohol. She focuses on things in moderation and doesn’t deprive herself of a dessert if she’s at a party.”
Next: Her training was consistent, but not overwhelming.
7. Her exercise routine stayed very consistent
Saladino described Lively’s exercise routine as “very consistent,” but overall, it sounds like a pretty manageable training schedule. He recounted, “We made sure that she was in the gym 4-5 days a week. Certain days, we worked for an hour, and other days they only had 20-30 minutes because she’s on a tough schedule with her kids.”
However, “Other days, she had to hit it on her own. These are very attainable ways to go about doing things.”
Next: This is how she stayed motivated.
8. Lively didn’t have a goal weight to reach
Saladino shared Lively never had a goal weight to reach. Instead, it was all about feeling good. “She just said, ‘Listen this is the process, this is what we need to be doing and I have to enjoy it,’” he recalled.
“I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself,” Lively explained. “I’m going to have good days and bad days and let’s just let the process happen.”
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