Jessica Simpson gave birth to her daughter Birdie Mae in March, and she is already showing off a much slimmer body. While it’s quite common for celebrities to “bounce back” after going through a pregnancy, some people are definitely concerned Simpson has done it a bit too quickly. She lost quite a lot of weight in the past several months, but how did she do it? Is an extreme weight loss like this healthy?
Jessica Simpson reportedly lost 100 pounds in six months
Recently, Simpson took to social media to share her weight loss progress with followers. The 39-year-old revealed that she managed to lose 100 pounds after giving birth to her daughter.
“6 months. 100 pounds down (Yes, I tipped the scales at 240),” she wrote on Instagram. “My first trip away from #BIRDIEMAE and emotional for many reasons, but so proud to feel like myself again. Even when it felt impossible, I chose to work harder.”
During her pregnancy, Simpson was open about her many struggles, including the fact she had acid reflux, bronchitis, bloating, and swellings.
Jessica Simpson’s personal trainer revealed how she lost the weight
Although Simpson did not share the secrets to her weight loss, her personal trainer did. She worked with her longtime trainer Harley Pasternak, who said this weight loss challenge was more difficult than her previous ones.
“I’ve kind of helped her come back after each baby, and this is a bit different, in that she said she was tipping the scales at 240 [post-delivery],” Pasternak revealed to People. “This is sort of the aggregate of being pregnant nonstop for a decade, and so we had a little more of a challenge between this and the other ones.”
Pasternak helped Simpson get into a healthy routine everyday. She made sure to do five things daily: “getting in her steps, unplugging from technology for an hour, getting sleep, eating healthfully and exercising.”
Simpson walked a lot everyday and ate meals that are full of fiber and protein. She also hit the gym for 45 minutes but only for three days a week.
“My mantra is you get lean in life, and strong in the gym,” Pasternak said. “So the majority of the weight loss actually came from everything she did outside of the gym, and then everything in the gym is about toning and tightening.”
Simpson also updated Pasternak everyday on how she accomplished the five tasks. Ultimately, Pasternak shared, the goal was never about losing 100 pounds, though by incorporating a lot of healthy habits into her daily life, she was able to shed the weight quickly.
While Simpson seems to have lost weight in a healthy way, many people are still questioning whether doing it quickly like that was a good decision, especially since she lost weight remarkably faster than what the CDC recommends.
According to health experts, there is no clear-cut answer. Like most other things related to health and weight loss, it all depends on the person and their situation. Cynthia Sass, a nutrition editor, told Health that outside of eating healthy and exercising, Simpson could have also lost weight through breastfeeding since that does burn some calories. Moreover, if she was 240 pounds during her pregnancy, a lot of the weight she lost could have been “the baby, placenta, fluids, and blood volume.”
Health also reports that it’s normal for women to get their pre-pregnancy body back around six to twelve months after giving birth, according to the NIH.
Ultimately, Simpson definitely made a lot of progress in the past several months and it’s clear she is happy with the results that she got.