Celebrity moms have the seemingly uncanny ability to reclaim their pre-baby bodies in no time. Sorry to say there’s no top secret celebrity formula to achieving this level of fitness — it takes a combination of determination, know-how, and consistency to get the look you want just weeks or months after you’ve had a baby. Read on to learn six tried-and-true celebrity training tips that will have you fit and full of life before you know it!
1. Schedule your exercise
Exercise needs to become more of a preset appointment than an afterthought, notes Parents. Maintaining a concrete schedule can be difficult for new moms, but the focus should be consistency when it comes to shaving off baby weight. “You have to schedule exercise in your day, or it probably won’t happen,” says Ramona Braganza, Halle Berry’s post-maternity trainer. Try setting up calendar invites to keep yourself to a regular workout schedule — even if it’s a walk with the stroller or during your lunch hour. Getting back into the habit of exercising is invaluable in these first few weeks after childbirth.
2. Switch things up
Not only will an unchanging exercise routine get boring quickly — it’s also a less effective way to achieve all-over tone for your body. Ramona Braganza, who also trained Jessica Alba post-childbirth, reasons to Parents that “No one wants to do the same routine all the time…go for hikes, a jog on the beach, or do kickboxing or yoga.” Jennifer Lopez’s trainer Gunnar Peterson emphasizes a similar point to Parents, stating that “The important thing is to keep mixing it up, so your body has to adapt — and that’s when the results happen.”
3. Eat “super-fuel” foods
Nutritionist Jackie Keller is a celebrity favorite — A-listers like Reese Witherspoon have recruited the expert’s help in getting them to tip-top shape postpartum. Keller’s “Body After Baby” plan advises new mothers to focus their diets on super-fuel foods such as strawberries, potatoes, and almonds — all of which provide the body with nourishment after pregnancy and help boost energy levels, promoting natural weight loss, explains Shape.
On top of this being a natural way to nourish your newborn, breastfeeding can also be a useful weight loss tool. The personal merits of breastfeeding have been touted by stars like Beyonce, who told Shape that “Breastfeeding took care of the first 30 pounds” after giving birth to daughter, Blue Ivy, in 2012. Sources surrounding Christina Aguilera also credit breastfeeding with eliminating much of the songstress’s post-pregnancy bloat, notes Radar Online.
5. Start with baby steps
Tired mothers shouldn’t be expected to jump straight back into a rigorous physical routine after having a baby. In fact, this type of overexertion can be a major health risk. Nutritionist Jackie Keller tells Shape that small steps are the best way to start out on the road to weight loss after childbirth: “I advised [my clients] 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.” Simply getting up and moving around is the first healthful step for new mothers to make in reclaiming their bodies. “Avoid working the core and abdomen for at least 4 to 6 weeks,” Keller tells her clients — including celebs such as Jessica Alba and Penelope Cruz — noting that workout intensity can be incrementally increased depending on your doctor’s orders.
6. Set a firm goal
Gunnar Peterson tells Parents that he had Jennifer Lopez train for specific triathlon events to help her reach a target weight after childbirth. Keeping a clear intention in mind is a great way to motivate yourself, claims Peterson; he advises that all new moms take steps in the right direction by thinking up a specific goal they’d like to meet. “Deadlines have a way of making people get stuff done. Say you vow to zip up your favorite pre-baby jeans by your birthday.”
Just don’t forget that it took your body 40 weeks to get that way so give yourself a break if it’s not happening as fast as you hoped!