If you've looked at the tabloids in the supermarket checkout line or surfed gossip sites in the past few months, you probably know that pop star Britney Spears gained a visible amount of weight during her pregnancy. However, since the birth of little Sean Preston, she's been photographed out and about looking fab. How did she do it?
According to recent reports, Brit's been sticking to a Zone-like diet and cutting back on junk. "Let's hope she got some good advice during her pregnancy about the dangers of her fast food junk diet and began cutting back on the Cheetos," says fitness and diet expert Jonny Bowden. Britney's probably swapping her beloved fried chicken for grilled and her french fries for mashed potatoes, as well as snacking on fruits and veggies. "She most likely has a personal chef who prepares meals and snacks that exactly meet whatever type of diet she's on," adds nutrition expert Lynn Grieger, RD, CDE.
While Britney probably isn't hitting the gym hard yet, due to her cesarean (doctors recommend waiting six to eight weeks before engaging in strenuous activity), she's likely spending time walking and swimming. Also, new moms burn around 500 calories a day breastfeeding, which can help the weight come off even faster. Bowden notes that when she's ready, Britney will likely be "going back to regular circuit training exercise in the gym."
"It's unrealistic for those of us who aren't superstars to expect to invest this amount of time and money into losing weight," Grieger says to people back in the real world. "What is realistic is eating a balanced diet to provide sufficient energy and nutrients to support breastfeeding, while your body gets back into pre-pregnancy shape. It takes nine months to make a baby '- it often takes at least nine months for a woman's body to recover."