Jessica Simpson’s trainer describes Jess’s 100-pound weight loss program

Jessica Simpson flaunts weight loss as she returns to her hotel after dinner in New York City

Jessica Simpson gave birth to her daughter Birdie Mae six months ago. Jessica recently posted an Instagram where she talked about her postpartum weight loss journey, where she claims to have lost 100 pounds in six months. A lot of us were like “huh?” Jessica always gains a lot of weight during her pregnancies, it’s just the way she’s built, but pregnancy doesn’t really explain that kind of weight gain and loss. I think Jessica was saying that she was already carrying around more weight than she would have liked when she got pregnant with Birdie, and then she gained a lot of weight during her pregnancy. Anyway, Jessica’s trainer Harley Pasternak spoke to People Magazine about the program he developed for Jessica this year:

Jessica called Pasternak days after giving birth: Jessica gave her longtime trainer Harley Pasternak a call “days after she gave birth,” he tells PEOPLE. “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]. 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,” he says.

The holistic approach: “The difference between this and the other times was that she worked out, yes, but her transformation was more about what she did on her own time. She was so motivated and positive. She was saying that her body has not belonged to her for the past decade. Not in a bad way, in a positive way — her body has been designated to create life and now it’s hers again and she’s going to make it fantastic in a really enjoyable way.”

Simpson had five daily tasks: getting in her steps, unplugging from technology for an hour, getting sleep, eating healthfully and exercising. The first task was easy for Simpson, who loves walking because “it’s a social thing that she can do with her kids,” Pasternak says. He had her start with 6,000 steps a day for the first few weeks, and then slowly build back up to her usual 12,000.

The diet changes were based on Pasternak’s Body Reset Diet.“It’s three meals and two snacks a day, and each meal has protein, fiber and fat, and snacks are protein and fiber or protein and fat,” he says. “She’ll have foods that are very flavorable that are healthier versions of things like a tortilla soup or Tex-Mex. And if she has a birthday party one night and a date night another night, she’s going to indulge both of those nights, but that’s it. It’s about balancing in a way that doesn’t make it painful or too much of a departure from your life before that.”

Gym time: And then a smaller portion of the 5-step process was working out. Pasternak says she would hit the gym for about 45 minutes, three days a week. “My mantra is you get lean in life, and strong in the gym. 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,” he says.

It wasn’t about reaching a number: “I never work with scales,” he says. “My work with her is more about the habits she’s created and kept up. Every night before she goes to bed she sends an email showing that she hit all five tasks, so she’ll go to bed feeling successful. She’s hit her step goal, she’s eaten well, she’s balanced her responsibilities — so she can go to bed with a sense of fulfillment, and that’s everything. And as a byproduct of doing these habits, she lost 100 lbs.”

[From People]

It actually sounds like one of the better programs I’ve read about regarding celebrities. So many celebs go on crazy-restrictive diets or talk about spending hours in the gym, but this program is basically eating healthier (and I would imagine eating smaller portions) and walking a lot and just making sure to get sleep and work out at the gym at a comfortable level. And this was how Jessica lost 100 pounds? I guess.

These are photos of Jessica in New York recently.

Jessica Simpson flaunts weight loss in a busty dress on her way to dinner at Il Mulino

Jessica Simpson flaunts weight loss in a busty dress on her way to dinner at Il Mulino

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Sarah says:

    She looks huge here. No shame (she brought it up, not me), but she must weight at least 200 here. Was she 300 pounds??

    • Gingerbread says:

      She says she’s 140 now. This is why I hate when celebrities say their weight and clothing size, instead of just saying I lost weight (really, even saying how much weight you lost is fine). I just don’t believe them when they say they are x. She’s not 140 pounds, she’s very curvy and short. She looks great and fit though. Mindy Kaling said she was a size 6 or 8 depending on the day and again, that’s just not believable. I don’t know why they think we need to know exact sizes.

    • Emily says:

      She’s only about 5’3″, so she might be 170 or 180 here? Not 140 for sure! Maybe she’ll get there in a few more months, if she sticks to her good habits. This does sound like a sustainable lifestyle, one that she could maintain long term.

      Her calves look really toned – and if she’s dropped from 240, that’s awesome!

      • Cara says:

        I think the problem is that terrible outfit she has on. The pic she posted on instagram with that cute wide belt was adorable and she looked 140 lbs there.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Huge? Come on Sarah, that’s not fair. She is by no means huge. She is not a tiny girl. She is built on the curvy side. I think she had to really starve herself to get down to the size she was for Dukes of Hazzard when she was much younger and had no kids. Besides, it’s really nasty to call another woman huge. Says more about you than Jessica.

    • Starkiller says:

      Well, the trainer is also claiming she was “pregnant for a decade nonstop”. Considering her youngest child was aged 6 before this most recent birth, the trainer’s maths skills appear to be lacking. She’s either exaggerating about how much weight she dropped or she “tipped the scales” at far more than 240 pounds, because she still looks to be around 200.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Wow. This was just nasty. And for no reason other than to be nasty. If this is your idea of “huge” that says more about you than Jessica.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Reminds me of when we were supposed to think Kirstie Alley was tiny on the Oprah show, and it was like… 🧐

    • nothuge says:

      I actually have a very similar build to her. I am only 4’10″ and currently about 125lbs but do not look it because my boobs are huge (34E). In perspective, it’s hard to actually see how small of a person she is. She carries her weight in her upper body which doesn’t translate well in pictures. I hate pictures of my self because of this reason. I also do not know how to dress for my shape either so I’m constantly making my self look way bigger than I really am. My normal weight is 105lbs but I gained 70lbs back in 2014 which I have been steadily trying to lose.

      • dlc says:

        I believe she is 140, and I think she looks great! I am 140, but an inch and a half to 2 inches taller, with a D chest, and I feel good, and think I look good, but I’m not a twig. Size 12 is a little loose, size 10 a little snug.

    • Cali says:

      She does look humongous, don’t know why folks are upset at what you see🙄 but I think it’s a matter of how she dresses, if she were styled correctly she’d appear more as he true size which is not huge.

  2. Cupcake says:

    Wait I don’t understand why he says she was pregnant nonstop for a decade? Isn’t there like a 5 year gap between her son and new baby?

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Yeah, she would have 10 kids if that were the case!

    • Allie says:

      Pfff, details…

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah that caught my eye too. She has three kids under 7, according to the internet, so that is a lot in a short time, but not a decade.

    • stormsmama says:

      This is what that means:
      she was pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant
      or still intending to get pregnant
      for a decade. IT means that she wasnt done having kids.
      She realized after birdie that she’s dome and suddenly saw her body differently.
      I totally get it.
      I got pregnant at 34-
      I have 2 kids now- one 7 1/2 one 3 1/2
      I breastfed and had multiple miscarriages- one as recent as March
      and I only recently realized as I am about to turn 43
      that i am done- that THIS is my body now.. And i am ,making LOTS of changes, and it feels good.

      **sidenote: LOTS OF CRAZY BODY SNARK ON THIS POST!!!
      I met her once at her tiniest (Dukes of Hazard days) and she is petite
      SHE IS NOT HUGE HERE; and camera angle and outfit both also unflattering- Its totally possible she’s 140…sheesh

  3. Cupcake says:

    Also, prioritizing sleep with a newborn is impossible unless you are never the person waking up with them.

    • Meg says:

      exactly, which is why I hate when celebrities promote unrealistic weight loss to the masses most of whom are up with their kids in the middle of the night and can’t afford trainers. I fear all of this is just another message to women that we’re not enough. You’re a tired parent and you see this, how could u not feel like a failure not to mention all the other mommy shaming that goes on. It’s just too much. Mother’s need more support not criticism

  4. Nacho_friend says:

    Ugh those shoes. Platforms are her trademark.

    • minx says:

      I hate the whole look. Dark roots, too much boobage, fried hair, too-high slit. She’s a pretty woman, she could have a makeover and look really great.

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        The roots are the first thing I saw and I gasped! It would never step out with my roots showing like that. I don’t care how she looks, weight wise, we all have our own struggles, but the roots! Honey, fix those please…..

  5. Lurker says:

    She and I have the same pregnancies, gain an obscene amount of weight… 65+ lbs, and I tipped the scales at 237 (immediately after giving birth to my 10.4 lbs son… im 5’5 so both she and i will never wear that kind of weight well) my point is my son is now 15 months and I’ve just NOW got back to my pre-baby #2 weight, losing 67 lbs… and honestly a lot had to do with eating better…however, I do not believe that she lost 100lbs… especially in six months. Her post vs. the above pic look way different imo

  6. Astrid says:

    These aren’t very flattering pictures of her. This 5 point plan sounds like a healthy program in which a person would loose a pound or two a week. After 6 months that would be something in the range of 25-50 pounds, not 100.

    • Meg says:

      Exactly! More misleading messages with the subtext being promoting weight loss at an unhealthy rate

    • lucy2 says:

      True, but I think they’re going from right after she gave birth, so there’s going to be more weight loss than a regular person and the 1-2 lbs a week.

  7. TQB says:

    I gotta say… that’s more or less what worked for me. I was still carrying extra weight when I got pregnant with baby #2, and I lost it all, mostly by not “working out” like crazy, but walking a ton (new dog helped), drinking lots of water, and eating reasonably. Took a heck of a lot longer than 6 months but i feel great and like it’s sustainable.

  8. vanna says:

    Anything with the word ‘holistic’ in it turns me off it immediately. Whatever works for her though. Be it positive thinking or a enthusiastic surgeon *side-eye*.

    • Willz says:

      Holistic just means tackling a problem from all angles, not just one. A holistic approach in this regard was her sleep, her exercise, her diet, her social, etc. Nothing eye rolly about that.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Holistic literally means the comprehension of of all parts as being interconnected as a whole. Meaning how social, environmental and other factors affect our health. Nothing to eye roll about. People need to stop seeing words as catch-alls or catch phrases and learn what they actually mean.
      For instance, last year I had a routine blood test and my levels were all off. My dr prescribed high doses of Vitamin D and iron. She also asked me about my stress levels and what was going on in my life. Which was directly contributing to the issue. And so I started going to therapy and learning ways to manage my anxiety and stress.
      THAT is a holistic approach.

  9. Anne says:

    I believe her! As someone who lost 30+ lbs in the first six weeks postpartum I know that women can carry TONS of fluid with each pregnancy. If she was carrying 30-40 lbs if baby and fluid, then lost 2 lbs a week over 6 months while eating right, exercising, and breastfeeding, she could be down 80-100 lbs after six months.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Her back must KILL her.

  11. ME says:

    Ok her instagram pic and the ones the paps took are very different. She looks remarkably thinner in her own instagram pic which makes me believe she photoshopped it because she’s still not happy with her weight. I could be wrong but hmmm….

    • nothuge says:

      I don’t believe she photoshops her photos. At least not to look thinner. Like I stated above, I have a similar build to her and look huge in photos and I am 4’10″ and 125lbs. In staged photos like facebook or IG, I can angle my body certain ways to not look as big. Sometimes I look like two different people when I am tagged vs when I post my own photos. That’s why I don’t let others take pics of me. I’m glad I don’t have paparazzi taking unflattering pics of me all the time.

      • Ashby says:

        This seems more than just Jessica angling her body.
        I remember her being a big girls most of the time, she is also short with a large chest and short/thick legs.
        She looks like a caricature of herself in these last few years, the long, fried looking thin hair with hideous black roots, those outdated shoes and dress two sizes too small, pancake make up…she could really use a good makeover, a hair long enough to hit her collarbone would make the hair look thicker and not so sparse, softer shade of blonde would look nicer too.

  12. DiegoInSF says:

    Is she doing a Most Unnatural Poses challenge ?

    • MollyAndMick says:

      If you watch the actual clip of her walking out of the hotel, it’s ridiculous. She walks kind of sideways with her hand on her hip like that the whole time lol

      • josephine says:

        I agree. I think she knew she wasn’t going to look as good as her insta pic and was doing the best to detract from that fact. She lost lots of weight, but come on, she this photo is the true one. It’s too bad that she can’t just be happy and honest with what she did accomplish, which was a lot.

  13. lucy2 says:

    That sounds like a very healthy and manageable plan.
    She’s pretty short, isn’t she? She must have been very uncomfortable gaining that much weight when pregnant. I’m surprised she hasn’t opted for a breast reduction either.

  14. Loca says:

    Jessica looks really beautiful …love her hair that diet plan doesn’t sound too bad. Motivation to go work out.

  15. Eliza says:

    So 100 lbs loss in 6 months by low carb diet with splurge days and exercising for 45min 3x a week with a daily walk? Starting at 6k steps a day. Mmm sure.

    • Granger says:

      Yeah, this all sounds … off. The plan itself is great — realistic and reasonable. But there’s no way you’re going to lose 100 lbs in 6 months just walking everyday and doing weights 3x a week. Which makes me wonder if she basically starved herself.

  16. Eden75 says:

    I am about the same height and build has her. I gain 62 lbs with the first kid (at 17) and 74 lbs with the second (10 years later), so I feel her pain on the pregnancy gain. With the last one, I tipped the scales at 200 lbs. At 5′ 1″ 200 lbs is a lot. She’s got a few inches on me, so I could see 240 for her. It’s amazing how quickly you can lose the weight if you have some help, so the 100 lb loss wouldn’t surprise me. It’s just a number anyway, I think she is looking fabulous for 6 months post baby.

  17. Dizzy says:

    I’m the same height so I believe her. She weighs 140. I’m about 144 now and I look quite over weight. 120-135 is a better weight for me at this height. Being short sucks! You can’t carry any extra weight. It always shows.

  18. Originaltessa says:

    She and Britney are both pretty girls who can’t dress themselves… at all. Honestly, that dress is so ugly. Why??

  19. Linda says:

    She looks great. Honestly, that outfit just isn’t very flattering / doing her justice. I have a very similar build, sometimes when the boobs are too out and pronounced they add weight to the silhouette.

  20. cupcake says:

    maybe she had a bunch of fluid but her losing 100 lbs in 6 mos by just doing what he said, doesn’t sound realistic. still indulging in parties and cake or whatever??

    I can see cutting sugar out and flour/bread doing this but not just walking and indulging in a few events per week & whateverwhatever he said.

    nahh, now she has lost, but not 100 lbs. maybe she was larger.
    She does need a stylist that can dress her for she shape.

  21. styla says:

    I think some of you need to realise that she had a baby 6 months ago which, in my experience, made for a really weird shape. It took at least 1 year and closer to 2 years before I felt like my waist wasn’t wide and my hips weren’t stretched etc. She dropped 100 lbs or whatever, A LOT, by the looks of it… PLUS she just had a baby. I think she’s killing it and this is a realistic portrayal of someone who just lost weight a few months after having a baby.

    If she sticks with this, in another 6 to 12 months she’ll be back to her daisy duke glory.

  22. jaylee says:

    Jessica’s hair has been trash since she fell out with Ken Paves. Her body at one time the best in Hollywood but those days are long gone. Her look is very Boozy Barbie. Uncomfortable shoes, lycra, sloppy boobs, & huge sunglasses.