Jessica Alba and Britney Spears lost weight, have advice for us to follow

It’s pretty simple to lose weight – in theory. If you eat less calories than you take in and exercise you’ll shed the pounds. In practice it’s hard to trick ourselves into following any kind of diet or fitness regimen if we’re not used to it, and that’s where the products, diets, and fitness gimmicks come in. When I want to lose weight I have to have a concrete way to do it and a kind of formula to follow in order to remind me how to eat and work out. For me it’s something I do alone with a plan, but other people lose weight using groups, fitness buddies and support systems. To succeed in lasting weight loss, you have to find what’s right for you given your personality and what will motivate you to stick with it.

Many people scoff at celebrities losing weight because they have so much help. There’s someone planning their workouts and getting paid big bucks to make sure they exercise, and they might have a chef cooking their meals for them. They have the time too, because there’s someone to watch their kids, someone to clean their house, and another person to pick up their groceries and dry cleaning. We’re still interested to learn how they did it, even if the level of support they have is unattainable to most of us.

Britney Spears said she lost weight through diet and exercise. She eats around 1,200 calories a day and works out hard. Britney graces the cover of OK! Magazine, and they quote an expert who says you can lose around 12 pounds in 30 days with her plan:

“I’m the healthiest I’ve been all my life,” Britney, 26, tells OK!. “My diet has a lot to do with my getting into shape. I have no sugar. I don’t eat fruit or even fruit juice because of the sugar. I eat chicken and salmon and rice. I eat avocados. I’ll have egg whites for breakfast and sometimes turkey burgers for lunch. I try to do just 1,200 calories a day. It may sound like it’s not much, but it’s actually a lot of food if you eat the right things.”

Of course, Brit also hits the gym on a regular basis, doing “lots of cardio and weights” five days a week.

The singer’s comittment to being healthy is applauded by trainers like Miami-based trainer and owner of SOMA Fitness & Performance, Adam Cronin. Cronin, who has not worked with the pop star, says Britney’s routine of following a 1,200-calorie-a-day, high-protein meal plan is ideal for someone who wants to drop pounds in a safe, healthy way.

“If you follow a vigorous workout program — plus this eating program — it is possible to lose up to 12 pounds in 30 days, in a very healthy, non fad-like way,” Adam tells OK!.

[From OK! Magazine]

Jessica Alba quickly lost 25 pounds of baby weight with a low-carb diet and by busting her butt with exercise six times of week, much of it at home with her trainer in order to stay close to her two and half month-old.

Just two months after giving birth to daughter Honor Marie, Jessica Alba is 25 lbs. lighter – and her trainer is telling PEOPLE just how she did it.

“Jessica went from a size 8 to a size 4 pretty quickly,” says Alba’s longtime trainer Ramona Braganza. The actress – who flaunted her post-baby body at the ALMA Awards on Aug. 17 – has been opting for a low-fat, low-carb diet as part of Braganza’s 321 Baby Bulge Be Gone plan.

She has been sweating, too: With an elliptical machine and treadmill at home, Alba, 27, has resumed her routine of core exercises, cardio and circuit training.

“The baby always comes first, but Jessica definitely set goals for herself,” says Braganza, who now trains Alba six days a week.

And having a workout buddy helped. “She loves working out with a girlfriend,” says Braganza, whose client, actress Jamie King, frequently trains with Alba.


Good for Britney and Jessica for losing weight and doing it sensibly. They’re not starving like Madonna’s trainer recommends or only subsisting on weird maple syrup and cayenne pepper drinks like Beyonce said helped her lose a dangerous 20 pounds in two weeks. They’re still making the rest of us moms look bad – the ones who work 8 hours a day, have childcare that’s not always reliable, have to cook dinner, do the laundry, clean the house and squeeze in time for a workout. Who am I kidding, though, I only have one kid and I work from home. My life is practically stress free compared to a lot of you with several children to care for – whether you stay at home or not. If you manage to stay fit and balance all that at once you deserve a medal. Hell you deserve a medal for just getting through the day.

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  1. heehee says:

    Too tough for me. I stick with the “eat what I want but in small amounts or in lighter versions if its available, plus take walks as much as I want to” plan. Works for me! I get compliments that I am in great shape. No depravation or crazy workouts necessary. Just ‘balance’.

  2. Linds says:

    What is up with Jessica’s boob? Or what? Seriously though, good for them. Although for a few million a year I could probably handle having to work out six times a week and giving up chips, etc.

  3. megah says:

    If you’re doing tons of cardio, you need sugars. Fruit sugars and complex carbs are good for you. You need vitamins. I hate that people think they should cut out normal healthy food. They end up replacing what they need with supplements. Eat an apple, not a Mars bar.

  4. vdantev says:

    No thanks to the all blow and vodka diet.

  5. Jenna says:

    If only I can have someone who can photoshop me everyday.

  6. Blackalicious says:

    No fruit ever? That sounds imbalanced.
    I lost my baby weight in 4 months (plus 10 lbs) by walking a lot and eating fruits and veggies and drinking only water and tea. It would be great to have a trainer but they’re so expensive.

    She looks good here. Pretty much exactly as she did pre pregnancy. She had to do it I guess – job security.

  7. delilah says:

    who cares? we’ll all be dust some day

  8. GrnMtGirl says:

    I am a small person and lost my baby weight both times in just a couple of weeks time. Of course, I was considerably younger then. Once I turned 30 my weight became much harder to maintain; not to mention, how hard it is to eat well while raising 3 teen-agers.

    I like it when celebrities set good examples when trying to be healthy. Unfortunately, I don’t think that a 1200 calorie diet while doing heavy cardio and cutting out fruit is necessarily healthy.

    I would love to have somebody prepare all my meals for me. I hate dealing with food which keeps me from eating healthier than I should. My dream is to be able to have somebody plan my meals, shop, and prepare them – then to have a personal trainer who comes to my home and keeps me on task. Let’s not forget, a hairdresser & make-up artist to help me look my best. And, of course, a housekeeper who will wash all those darn dirty dishes that the cook creates. I guess I should be packing my bags and heading to Hollywood… 🙂

  9. Hmm says:

    The “no fruit” thing threw me because it doesn’t sound balanced or healthy. I personally make sure to get in at least forty minutes of exercise per day, and while I do eat what I want, its only in smaller, sensible quantities and never any less than three hours before I go to bed. Since I’ve cut out the beer that caused me to gain weight in the first place, my weight loss seems to be going at a healthy pace.

  10. Kaiser says:

    I have a slightly off-subject rant –

    WHY IN HELL is Britney on the cover of OK!?!? Michael Phelps should be on the cover of all of these weekly glossies – he is a young man who pulled an incredible, once-in-three-lifetimes feat. He has earned the kind of glowing media attention that’s reserved for Popes and dead presidents.

    But instead, we are treated to the same bull$hit tabloid stories about weight loss and Pity Party’s latest break-up. Why is that? Can’t we save those stupid stories for the other 50 issues?

    Sometimes I would just like to wring these tabloid editors’ necks, shake them and scream “IT’S ABOUT MICHAEL PHELPS YOU NIMRODS!!”

  11. geronimo says:

    Good point, kaiser. And I bet he could tell us how to lose 12 lbs in 30 days with a little bit more conviction than Brit. 🙄

  12. Leandra says:

    I use Splenda in place of sugar. I am addicted to it to the point I will even put it on a salad if the dressing is too tart. But hey Britney what about giving up those CIGARETTES while you’re at it. Then you’d really be living that healthy lifestyle you’re talking about.

  13. javagirl1 says:

    I love that Britney is getting healthy and seems to be overcoming her demons. I was afraid she was going to die. Now if only Amy Winehouse can follow suit…

  14. Blackalicious says:

    Phelps SHOULD be on the cover of …everything. I mean he’s represented the country way better than Britney.

    I read some article J Lo was heard bitching about ‘Why is that swimmer guy.. (she didn’t know Phelps’ name) the big story? I’m the one training for a triathlon 6 months after giving birth…”
    That was pretty amazing.

  15. ff says:

    I’ve got to laugh at how the press sells things sometimes. Jessica ‘flaunted her post-baby body at the ALMA Awards’?

    Was the skirt part of her dress detachable and she whipped it off at a random moment because she doesn’t seem to be flaunting her body in that pic – just wearing a dress.

    And, to be honest, I don’t see that she gained that much weight in the first place. Not to mention that the reason she’s probably ‘sweating’ away to get back in shape is because production for Sin City II is likely to start soon.

    But yeah, use it to sell some diet that probably isn’t what she’s following anyway. Whatever.

  16. Allie says:

    The maple syrup thing that Beyonce did is called The Lemonade Cleanse and it isn’t a weight loss plan, it’s a toxin cleanse. THe weight you lose is mostly water weight and doesn’t stay off long. The purpose is to clean out your guys by drinking a laxitive tea and night and a salt water solution in the morning and uh…flushing the pipes. So to speak.

  17. javagirl1 says:

    I have actually done the lemonade cleanse. It was great, I have never had so much energy in my life, and I felt so healthy. Getting past the first day is the hardest part.

  18. Alexis says:

    Jessica Alba went from a size 8 to a 4. It took me a little over a year after having my 1st child to get back to an 8. So yea, I hate her.
    P.S. Avocados are fruit.

  19. jaundicemachine says:

    Yeah, 1200 calories and strenuous daily cardio is not considered healthy – it’s desperation.

    I don’t think Brit looks bad, I just think she’s trying too hard too look “good” (read: her glory days- bumping, grinding and lipsyncing in spandex to a soldout crowd). Those days are long gone, sister. Embrace the body you have now!

  20. Megan says:

    Thing is, Jessica Alba’s entire career is based on her looks. So she can’t just keep her baby fat because she’s lazy. She’ll be photographed, called fat, made fun of, have no reason to be famous any more if she doesn’t lose the weight. For the rest of us it’s not that big a deal if we lose the baby weight or not.

  21. paris herpes says:

    They do all this working out and somehow, they always look the same. I think I’ve rarely dieted and just eat small amounts of food always, so I’ve never gained much weight in general. 1,200 calories in one day seems like a decent amount, but I never count calories. IT’s just easier to watch what you eat and try to eat healthy. And exercise, like riding bikes, swimming, a yoga class here and there. that’s what i usually do.

  22. paris herpes says:

    Hmmm, beer makes your belly fat!!! I know I quit drinking beer recently (I have a pint on VERY rare occasions) and I lost nearly 5-7 pounds. I’m well below 130 now (I hate being over it), nearing 120. IT’s really quite amazing how much weight you gain from drinking beer, it’s all the sugar I’m guessing…

  23. Granger says:

    Eating 1,200 calories while working out six days a week is crazy hard to maintain. I’ve tried it, and sheeeit, I was starving at the end of every day!!!! But of course, if someone wants to pay me a few million dollars to star in their film on condition that I get in tip-top shape, then hell, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

  24. chamalla says:

    On fruit – fruit is limited in a diabetic or low glycemic diet because your body processes sugar as sugar, whether it comes in sucrose, like table sugar or fructose, which is fruit sugar. Wow, I said sugar a lot in that sentence….

    Fruit does have fiber and vitamins, which are good for you, but if your body can’t process sugar effectively, limiting fruit is smart. I think we’d have heard about it if Brit was diabetic, though, so it sounds like she’s doing a carbs-are-ev0l diet. Ummmmm, delicious carbs.

    Alexis made me snort. Avacados are fruit, and they have a TON of fat and calories. I see your size eight and I double it, I roll with a bootylicious size 16. I could fit four Jessica Albas in my pants. 8)

  25. RAN says:

    Blackalicious, I read the same article… I’ll have to go dig it out. How stupid did JLo sound? Michael Phelps is an athletic star! JLo.. not so much

  26. Victoria says:

    Well i sure wish i could lose that much weight. im not sure how, i might wanna try what they have done, but im only 17 so that stuff is hard considering school, and then my mom cooks not me, and i cant afford a personal trainer, but what do ya know…

    i think they look great, i love those 2 girls.

  27. steve says:

    Great points and most people will agree.

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  29. Ashley Olsen says:

    Barely standing on the ground! Finally the lost is found.”|leahhmw|”I can feel the weight is lifting, I'm