Ninety-four percent of moms list “get in shape” as a New Year’s resolution. Okay. We totally made up that statistic. But the truth is, losing weight seems to be on everyone’s mind this week. So we kinda perked up when our Scoop Editor, Christie Matheson, told us about The Mommy Diet, a new book she co-wrote with The Biggest Loser host, Alison Sweeney. After reading just enough to feel totally inspired, we caught up with Alison about what it really takes to get back into those skinny jeans.
ST: So what’s your new book all about?
Alison: So many moms get completely caught up with caring for their newborns, which is totally understandable, of course, but the next thing you know the baby is walking and talking and the “baby weight” has become permanent unwanted poundage. In The Mommy Diet, I wanted to share the great advice from the Hollywood stylists, nutritionists, trainers—and moms—who helped me through my own journey.
ST: Um, we’ve seen your show, and we’re worried: should new moms expect Biggest Loser-style low-cal diets and hard-core workouts?
Alison: Well, there are definitely some tough workouts in there. It’s not like I think you should be running a 5K one week postpartum, but six weeks later—unless there’s a medical reason not to—you should definitely be starting on the path. And I lay out some guidelines and checkpoints that I think will help keep you on track.
ST: So how is a “Mommy Diet” different? Why do moms need their own brand of diet?
Alison: A lot of moms need to be reminded that they are worth it! We talk about that so often on The Biggest Loser. Moms, dads, and other caregivers often focus on everyone else in their life, and not themselves. The book gives realistic tips and walks moms through the month-by-month process that worked for me and other moms I know.
ST: And to address the elephant in the room: Is it really possible to get a hot body post-baby if you don’t have a team of Hollywood nutritionists and trainers at your disposal?
Alison: Hah! Don’t use the word “elephant” when you’re talking about pregnant women and new moms. But seriously, to answer your question: Yes. I really do think it’s possible. I think it boils down to following a couple very simple rules. The main trick is that you actually need to do the work. No one can do it for you. Hopefully The Mommy Diet can inspire moms to want to do it, and to focus on how important their health is.
ST: Everyone says it’s much harder to lose the weight the second time around. Did you have the same struggle?
Alison: I was lucky because the second time around was actually a little easier for me, thanks to the knowledge I’d gained about nutrition and how to push myself harder than I ever thought possible, courtesy of Bob and Jillian from The Biggest Loser.
ST: What were some of the little things you did to make yourself feel good while you were pregnant, and soon after you had the baby?
Alison: Rest. That’s a huge factor. Getting enough sleep really accounts for a major part of feeling good during pregnancy and right after the baby’s born. It’s great advice to always accept the offer when someone volunteers to watch your new baby so that you can catch a nap or sleep in. It’s hard to give up control, I know, but even an hour can make a big difference when you’re exhausted.
ST: You’re a working mom . . . any practical advice for moms who feel like there’s zero time for themselves after tending to their kids, jobs, and marriages? Especially those of us who feel guilty leaving the baby with a sitter (or even Dad) to hit the gym?
Alison: I totally relate to all those concerns. I know it can feel selfish to put yourself first, but we’re not talking about a daily appointment at the spa. We’re talking about your health. Also, shouldn’t you be a good role model for your children? You want them to be healthy and fit, and as physically able as possible to make their dreams come true, right? Then get up! Go burn some calories, and show ‘em how it’s done!
The Mommy Diet is available at amazon.com.