How ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Emily Simpson is Maintaining Her Weight Loss While in Quarantine

Emily Simpson of Real Housewives of Orange County has been chronicling her weight loss journey since it began. Shedding 15 pounds after modifying her diet to focus on healthy foods and incorporate a steady regimen of exercise, Simpson recently spoke on how she’s staying the course despite being in quarantine due to the coronavirus crisis.

'RHOC's' Emily Simpson attends opening night of the 2019 BravoCon at Hammerstein Ballroom
Emily Simpson of ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ | Arturo Holmes/WireImage

Bravo star tries the balancing act

When quarantine restrictions were first implemented, Simpson wanted to be realistic about maintaining a healthy diet while allowing herself some indulgences.

“Well, yesterday my plan was to eat healthy, but then my in-laws dropped off pizza, so I had pizza,” she told Hollywood Life in March as an example of good intentions being thwarted. “But then I felt so guilty I ate pizza that I did like three sets of squats, and then shoulder presses, and push-ups and I did a whole bunch of working out, too.”

The reality star shared that she plans to keep healthy foods in her diet while enjoying some traditional snacks with her kids, Annabelle, 6, and twins Luke and Keller, 4.

“I try to counter balance it,” the RHOC cast member explained. “I think my day is really filled with snacks. I’ll eat an apple, but then I’ll eat the rest of my kids Goldfish that they didn’t finish. And then I’ll eat like a turkey sandwich and then I’ll eat chips because my kids want chips. It’s like a combination between healthy and then the rest of my kids’ snacks is basically what it is.” 

Emily Simpson stays active

With many people struggling to keep their social distance from the refrigerator during lockdown, Simpson revealed that she’s trying to offset any extra munching with her workouts.

“I’ve been eating way too much but to counter balance that I have some 12 pound hand weights that I use consistently throughout the day to do shoulder presses, curls and squats,” she said in April. “I also virtually work out with my trainer Paulina Stein three times a week via Instagram Live and the kids and I set up an obstacle course in the backyard for ‘PE’ class.”

Simpson makes a point of staying away from the scale, especially during quarantine, and remains focused on the importance of exercise.

“I really honestly don’t weigh myself very often and I definitely don’t want to do it during this quarantine period because I’ve been eating more than normal, which I think probably the population is in the same boat,” she said. “My trainer’s relentless so she’ll bother me constantly. … it’s good because I feel like it keeps me in pretty good shape because last week we worked out four times and it’s a pretty intense workout. So I think that’s how I keep the weight off going forward.”

‘RHOC’ star’s only binge is TV

The Real Housewives star is keeping her kids active during quarantine with some old-fashioned mainstays. “I would say our quarantine essentials are puzzles and games and Uno to keep the kids busy,” Simpson shared. “Clorox wipes to continuously keep the house clean and stay healthy and champagne for mom so I don’t lose my mind!”

As for binging, she keeps that activity for the television set. “I just finished binge watching the Tiger King,” Simpson said of the Netflix show. “It was a high speed train wreck on meth and I was unable to look away. I need a new series now and [my husband] Shane and I are excited to start binge watching Ozark Season 3… Seasons 1 and 2 were amazing!”

Full episodes of Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Orange County are available for streaming now.