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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:46PM
‘Being pregnant for two years took a toll,” Jessica Simpson says.
She and fiance Eric Johnson, a former NFL tight end, have two children, daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson, born May 1, 2012, and son Ace Knute Johnson, born June 30.
The 33-year-old Simpson didn’t pack on as many pounds with her second pregnancy. Still, she says, whenever she went to the doctor and stepped on the scales, “I would say, ‘Really, I could gain that much weight in one week?’ ”
She is back to her pre-pregnancy weight before Ace but won’t say what it is.
Simpson says she lost more than 50 pounds on Weight Watchers after Maxwell was born. She’s 5-foot-3. Weight Watchers tells members that a healthy weight range for a person of her height is 113 to 141 pounds.
The difference between the pregnancies was that she already was leading a “healthier lifestyle” during the second pregnancy, and she kept exercising, working with her personal trainer three times a week and going on “walks with Eric, my almost-husband. I tried to get 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. I wasn’t trying to lose weight. I didn’t mind gaining weight.”
When the doctor gave her the OK after Ace was born, Simpson says, “I jumped back on Weight Watchers.”
She followed the company’s new Simple Start plan, a two-week program that doesn’t require people to count points. It provides a shopping list and menu of options for meals and snacks, even splurges such as a glass of wine or serving of ice cream.
The plan is based on studies that indicate that weight loss during the first month of dieting is very predictive of both short- and long-term weight-loss success, says Gary Foster, co-chief scientific officer for Weight Watchers. “We want to keep it simple and structured, because those two things drive success,” and if people experience success, they are more likely to stick with it, he says.
“I saw the results really quickly,” Simpson says, and then she went back to the PointsPlus program, which assigns points to foods.
She quickly got back to her goal weight, gradually increased her exercise and now is going full speed ahead on that. One day recently, she walked 18,000 steps. “With both kids, I’m running up and down my stairs a million times. Kids can keep your metabolism going. Eric and I go on walks together. I try and walk about four miles a day consistently. It makes me feel better.”
Exercise helps her “with all the hormones I have to deal with. Working out and being active overall makes me a happier person to be around. I let out so much more anxiety if I go out and walk and talk to Eric.”
Simpson is on a mission “to be the best version of myself and to feel great. I want to be a great mom and a great example to my kids.”
Gannett News Service