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Today’s society is obsessed with the idea of snapping back into shape after having a baby. As if women are supposed to be able to go straight from the delivery room to the gym. This expectation is even worse for celebrity moms. They are given absolutely no grace when it comes to their bodies. They are expected to go from having cute, baby-filled bellies to a flat stomach within days of giving birth.

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Because of this, celebrity moms go to insane lengths to get their pre-baby bodies back. Jessica Simpson shocked fans when she dropped 100 lbs just six months after having her third daughter, Birdie Mae Johnson. People were worried that the singer had done some sort of crash diet to lose all of the weight. But according to her nutritionist, the key to all of that weight loss was good old fashioned water.

How did Jessica Simpson lose weight after having kids?

Simpson has had three children and snapped back into shape after each birth. With her first two children, she hired nutritionist Liz Josefsberg to help her get healthy.

“During the time I worked with Jessica following the birth of her first two children, she was following Weight Watchers,” Josefsberg told HollywoodLife. “She spent well over 6 months working off weight from her first and second pregnancies. She ate regular meals throughout the day. Usually three times and a snack. The key for Jessica was moderation and learning to indulge intelligently.”

How much water should you drink to lose weight?

One important factor in Simpson’s weight loss was the amount of water that she drank. People often forget that you need to stay hydrated if you really want to lose weight.

“Hydration is a secret weapon for weight loss,” the nutritionist continued. “In my book ‘Target 100,’ I urge people to get in at least 100 ounces per day. Which might seem like a lot, but it is right for our bodies. Staying fully hydrated while losing weight is critical. Much of the overeating we do is mistaking thirst for hunger. If we can keep our bodies, which are made up of over 60% water, hydrated, they burn calories and metabolize food at an optimal rate!”

Other weight loss secrets

Another great tool to help lose weight is cannabidiol. Josefsberg has been using it with her clients nationwide and seen great results.

“In my experience, CBD helps my clients feel less anxious and stressed out. It takes an edge off and relaxes them to begin to feel like they are more in control and can make better food decisions,” she said. “Much of the overeating that my clients do is due to stress and anxiety.”

“Eating food releases serotonin to reduce stress in the moment. They have created bad habits around using food to reduce stress. If I can get them to take CBD regularly they report feeling much calmer and less stressed. Less stress equals less stress eating and therefore lower body weight! CBD can reduce muscle soreness.”

Another great way to lose weight is by getting a pedometer. After having her first two children, Simpson would try to get at least 10,000 steps in per day.

Simpson’s trainer Harley Pasternak encourages all of his celebrity clients to get a pedometer and tells them to move around from the moment they wake up, instead of just waiting to get all of their exercise at the gym.