Penélope Cruz’s Fab Post-Baby Body Secret? Dancing

05/12/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
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Since welcoming a son in January, Penélope Cruz has wasted no time getting back her svelte pre-baby figure.

But it isn’t daily sessions at the gym that’s doing the trick — it’s actually dancing.

“I love ballet and it’s a little boring for me to go to the gym because I’m used to the dancing discipline — it’s really hard but much more fun,” the actress, who showed off her dancing skills in Nine, tells the Daily Mirror.

The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides star, 37, also credits Spanish cooking with helping to shed post-pregnancy pounds after the birth of her boy, reportedly named Leo.

“I love Spanish food. My diet is the Mediterranean diet, which is good food. I eat well, but I try to eat healthy.”

However, that doesn’t mean the new mom denies herself a treat every now and then. She has previously admitted to grabbing food from In-N-Out every once in awhile, including before heading to the red carpet.

“I do it, like, once a week or once every two weeks. It’s my little treat for myself. I love the Double-Double with fries.”

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Lau on

Dancing is a great subsitute for those (like myself) who loathe the gym! The day I have a baby, I’ll probably make that into my weight loss routine.

Kelly on

love dancing for weight loss and toning. She looks amazing!

Catca on

Yes, she does look amazing. I should dance a little more and maybe eat a bit more Mediterranean food as well. 🙂

KatieKate on

My brother-in-law saw her every morning at the gym at Pelican Hill over Easter. She also uses cardio machines.

Side note – beautiful in person and very natural. She was breast feeding in her cabana and you can tell she does not get botox. Very impressed with her.

Sophia Adelisse on

As an American living in Spain I can attest to the Spanish diet helping you lose weight…I’ve lost 10 lbs without doing anything from it alone! However, they’re food is so bland and not as seasoned as us Americans (or I as a Puerto Rican as well) like! lol Plus, they don’t fry with fatty oils…virgen olive oil on everything – even at Mickie D’s! =)

Jordan on

I’m Hispanic (my grandmother is from Spain) and I think Spanish food is TOO DIE FOR. Anyone who says Spanish food is bland isn’t getting the right kind. 😉

I’m using two programs to lose weight (I’ve lost 10 lbs in the last month!). I use the fitness program “Visual Impact for Women” and then I use the “Diet Solution Program” for food. I can have my DELICIOUS Paella and still lose weight! Woohoo for me!

Sue on

To Sophia, just to correct the record: olive oil, extra-virgin or not, is just as fatty and caloric as any other oil. The difference is that it’s a healthier oil — better for the arteries. But substituting olive oil for another oil will not help you lose weight.

As for her being spotted working out daily at the gym — it’s unfortunate that celebrities need to lie about the measures they take to stay thin, because it makes the rest of us feel somehow inferior.

jacqueline on

It’s not only a question of Mediterranean food, but also portions! The portions in the US are astronomical.

The year I lived in the US I gained about 18 lb.

And of course, the biggest secret is to not gain too much weight during the pregnancy! I gained 18 and 19 pounds with my pregnancies. And my babies were big. Just eat sensibly. And as far as bland goes… I agree, you’ve not been getting the right kind, though we use garlic, paprika, rosemary etc… we do not use so much black pepper, curry, or hot sauce. The food has so much flavour we don’t need sauces.

molly on

Totally agree- our portions (including mine!) are ridiculous! I eat fairly healthy most of the time but it is the portion control I have a hard time with.

I think just moving in general, no matter what the activity is helpful with losing weight after baby. I took daily walks (2-4miles) and made sure to eat healthy and often (6-7 smaller meals) while nursing and the weight fell off. But I think Penelope’s situation and many others is genetics, too. Lucky ladies… 🙂

Sawsan on

I quickly lost the 11kgs I put on while pregnant with my now 3.5 year old son Leonidas. I live on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean and our diet helps you stay lean and healthy without ever feeling hungry or deprived. Lots of locally produced fresh fruit, vegetables, salads, fresh Mediterranean fish and off course lots of tasty lentils, chick peas, black-eye peas, beans. Fried food is NOT part of our diet and we use Virgin Olive Oil everywhere. Not to forget a glass of wine every now and then!

cj on

She didn’t say that she doesn’t go to the gym just that she’d rather dance.

deborah on

If I had her resources (like a 24/7nanny,house cleaner,personal trainer,etc) hell, I’d look as good as her too!

Alice on

Yep, technically she doesn’t “lie” about going to the gym! She says she finds it boring because she’s used to dancing…

Sophia Adelisse on

Actually, I have had many different types of “Hispanic food” – I have lived throughout the Carribbean as well as in Central America. Obviously, you have never actually been to Spain or you’d be saying something different. Spanish food made in America is very different – even from actual Spaniards. The food is bland – it’s the seasoning. Most often things are seasoned only with salt and pepper. I never said it wasn’t good. I also didn’t say just eating oils help you lose weight. It’s a combination of everything. People here walk everywhere, smaller proportions, and the big one: the biggest meal of the day is eaten at “lunch” (2 to 5) with Tapas after 9…which is basically appetizers

Maria on

There’s a lot of pressure on us “regular” women when you see celebs looking great so fast after having a baby. I’m sure they feel the pressure themselves. I’m 22 years old and before getting pregnant I was 115 lbs and working out every day. I went up to a whooping 195 lbs despite counting calories and continuing to use the treadmill! I was incredibly frustrated. I lost 30 lbs within a month and people keep telling me I’ll bounce back fast (I had my baby in January too). But I’m stuck at 160 and I work out daily. It’s frustrating. I walk, I dance, I run, do work outs dvds but sometimes it’s not always as easy as we think. My doctor says it will take me at least 9 months to lost it all, maybe a year even eating 1,400 cals a day. I guess it just takes time – usually no easy solutions. Don’t get discouraged ladies!