I’ve got to applaud Jessica Simpson for hitting her weight loss goals in a healthy way—through Weight Watchers—and she looked phenomenal on Monday, debuting her still-in-transition post-baby body on Katie Couric’s new show. (You can see the clip at the bottom of this post. ) While Simpson owned up to finding losing the baby weight challenging, I think seeing her down so many pounds so soon still sends a tough message to other new moms.
The superstar told Katie that she’s already lost more than 40 pounds since the birth of daughter Maxwell Drew on May 1st and has about 10 more to go until her goal in time for the next season of taping for her show Fashion Star.
“How hard has this whole thing been—to drop the weight? How challenging is it for you?” asked Couric.
“It is definitely a challenge. I think that during pregnancy I didn’t really think about it. I thought my doctors were just telling me it was a lot of water. And whenever my water broke… my whole entire stomach would go down. All the weight did not come out with the baby. I’ve had to really stay focused and stay focused on my diet and what I’m putting in my body. Because obviously I want to be as healthy as I can because I’m a mom now.”
Couric proceeded to ask Simpson about the pressure put on celeb new moms to lose the baby weight quickly, be “yummy mummies” and so on, and Simpson admitted to finding the tabloids featuring new moms flaunting their svelte figures in bikinis in a matter of weeks just as daunting as the rest of us.
And while Simpson is no doubt losing the weight in a healthy way, it’s only been 4.5 months since her daughter’s arrival. To only have 10 pounds left at that point is pretty impressive, and I’m delighted for Simpson who acknowledged feeling “beautiful” the day of the taping. She deserves to feel good about herself—but I would have really loved to hear more about the practical side of her weight loss. In addition to following Weight Watchers, how much is she working out? How much time does she have to spend away from her baby in order to get back into shape? (Let’s not forget about the multi-million dollar deal Simpson supposedly signed with WW while she was still pregnant—few new moms have such an incentive to get the pounds off, nor can they afford to spend hours at the gym or with personal trainers—or maybe even have personal chefs cooking for them following the Weight Watchers guidelines.) Again, I have no personal knowledge of Simpson’s situation, but I would have loved to hear more about how effing hard it is to lose the weight—especially for nursing moms who a) need to be near their babies constantly for nursing and b) need to consume sufficient calories to support milk production—although I know that WW has a program specifically designed for nursing moms in terms of caloric intake.
What was your experience like losing the baby weight? How long did it take you? (It took me 12 months and 9 months after my first two pregnancies, respectively.) Do you wish celebs like Simpson would be a bit more frank about the tough reality of losing weight with a new baby at home?