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Mariah Carey never pretended to love the 70 pounds she put on while pregnant with her sneaky and supersmart twins Moroccan and Monroe. She told Gayle King that she felt "rancid" at her peak pregnancy weight and didn't even let hubs Nick Cannon see her naked.
So we're actually more happy for her than jealous to see her hot bod on the cover of the May issue of Shape in a bikini, flaunting some super-toned abs and legs. We also love that she shares that she actually had to work to lose the weight. (We really love you Jessica Alba, but even Christina Applegate found it a little hard to see your post-baby incredibleness.)
"I used to be able to slim down just by exercising more, but that's changed. Since having the babies, I realize that 90 percent of losing weight is my diet," Carey told the magazine.
So where exactly did those 70 pounds go? Carey says she lost the first 40 pounds of water weight almost immediately after birth because she had "head-to-toe edema" (that's big-time pregnancy water weight retention), but then lost 30 pounds in three months through hard work. Although we'll have to wait until April 23rd to get the full Shape scoop, Carey previously revealed the following real-mom tips to Us Weekly and on The Rosie Show:
Sticking to a 1,500-calorie diet. Carey joined Jenny (formerly Jenny Craig) and said she met with a nutritionist who helped her craft a 1,500-calorie-per-day healthy eating plan. She did this by eating small meals every few hours.
Choosing exercises she loved. Although she claims diet was 90 percent of the work, Carey told Rosie O'Donnell she stayed active doing things she already loved to do: taking long walks with her dogs and swimming in the ocean. She said she worked out a realistic three times per week.
Staying away from the scale. Carey knew that obsessively stepping on the scale would only stress her out, so instead she used her wardrobe as a guide. Carey told O'Donnell she focused on how her clothes fit -- if something she wore pre-pregnancy could slide on, she was happy.
Even though Carey surely had tons of childcare, a celeb trainer and all the Jenny meals and nutrition advice she needed, this common-sense way to drop postpartum pounds sounds refreshingly normal. So thanks for setting a healthy example, Mariah, and congrats on your smokin' hot bod -- you deserve it!
Find more healthy ways to drop the baby weight here.