Jessica Simpson: ‘My Body Is Not Bouncing Back Like a Supermodel’

09/04/2012 at 07:20 PM ET
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Jessica Simpson knows exactly why she gained the weight she did while pregnant with her daughter Maxwell Drew.

“I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was ever pregnant, and I wanted to enjoy it,” Simpson, 32, tells USA Today.

That included one of her faves, macaroni and cheese. But Simpson didn’t quite understand how the indulgence would affect her post-baby body. “I didn’t realize [the weight] didn’t all come off with the baby,” says Simpson.

She’s now given up many of those foods, however, while doing Weight Watchers as the company’s newest spokeswoman — she appears in the ads next week.

She hasn’t revealed her current weight, nor what she weighed at her heaviest, but says she’s lost weight each week on the program. Simpson says she’s allotted 28 points a day since weaning Maxwell, down from 34 points while nursing.

She also works out with personal trainer (and PEOPLE.com blogger) Harley Pasternak four or five times a week, mostly walking now, says Simpson, because, “my boobs are way too big to run at this point.”

Numbers aside, the star seems realistic. “My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel,” says Simpson. “I’m just your everyday woman who is trying to feel good and be healthy for her daughter, her fiancé and herself.”

Simpson, who is engaged to former NFL player Eric Johnson, will reveal her post-baby body on Katie Couric‘s new show, Katie, on Sept. 10.

– Rennie Dyball

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Kate on

Yeah you missed the “being healthy for my daughter” train 3 months in Jess. I don’t feel bad. Pregnancy isn’t an excuse to indulge, it’s a time to make the BEST choices for your growing baby. Now it’s time to do the work!

Anne Marie on

She didn’t realize ‘all the weight’ didn’t come off with the baby?

Well, if the baby is 10lbs. and the after birth is another 7-8lbs., the remainder of the 80-90 lbs. she gained from nachos and tacos have to stay put.

I think the Nobel committee will have to postpone Jessica’s mathematics nomination.

Jennifer on

Irwas that she was eating fried twinkles for breakfast lol .. Really Jess?? Who does that lol

Xan on

Such silly things come out of her mouth. Even a teen mother would realize that 50 plus pounds are not going to magically slip away after giving birth to a baby.

Sierra on

Seriously? I’ll probably be the only one who doesn’t bash her for being honest. A lot of women tend to make the mistakes she did by eating like crazy when she was pregnant. The good thing is that she’s realized her mistakes and now she’s doing something about it.

alicejane on

While it’s definitely… naive to think that all the weight would come off with the baby, I’m not really surprised that her and a lot of women really, think this. There are constantly magazine covers with some singer, actress, reality star, etc. with some headline about being back to her pre-baby body in 4 weeks.

I don’t know how many interviews I’ve seen/read where women actually say that the weight just fell off, or came off with breastfeeding. I know some women for whom the weight really did seem to just fall off, and who did lose a huge amount of weight through breastfeeding, and I have also known women who breastfed and still struggled to lose anything. It depends on the woman.

But we seem to think it’s normal to lose the weight in a matter of weeks, to the point where I remember seeing pictures of Jennifer Garner out 3 or 4 months after each of her kids was born, and people were asking if she was pregnant again because she still had some extra weight. It’s sad.

Tee Tee on

It doesn’t bother me in the least that Jessica gained so much weight during her pregnancy. I figure that’s a personal thing and everyone is different. But I have to say, she sounds absolutely ridiculous when she says she didn’t realize it would magically disappear once she gave birth! A little bit of common sense goes a long way, folks. Gain all the weight you want but don’t stick your head in the sand about it!

Meep on

So many women who act as if they’ve never done a single thing before that would count as “not the brightest”. For goodness sake… she probably did realize that the weight wouldn’t just drop off… but she’s not the first person I’ve heard say “I expected the weight to come off faster”. With the way post-pregnancy weight is reported these days, I’m actually not surprised that so many people have a very unrealistic idea of what it’s like trying to lose baby weight. She’s doing the right thing now, and for that, I give her credit.

A. on

Jessica Simpson is speaking like the true moron/airhead she’s always been. While I’m glad she’s working on shedding the pounds now, pregnancy is not an excuse to eat like a whale just because you think it’s ok to indulge all you want. You’re suppose to eat a healthy and nutritious diet when you’re growing another human being. Jessica must have skipped over that part in her pregnancy books.

mel on

I’m probably going to get roasted for saying this, but how many 1st time moms really do expect to loose the weight faster than is realistically possible. I think that in this day and age, women tend to forget that it took 9 months (well, technically 10 months) to gain that weight, so it isn’t healthy to it to all go away super fast. And, at least according to my midwives, it takes a woman’s body a good 18 months to fully ‘recover’ from the job of growing another person. Just saying…..i enjoy that she is slightly dippy and comes off as a ‘real’ person instead of a ‘star’…..

Crystal on

I am not a mother but I did learn from reading articles in magazines and on the web that it took 9 months to put on the weight. It will take at least that long or longer to take it off. Be patient. It will happen. One thing I did notice was she has already weaned Maxwell. I I wonder what made her stop nursing so soon? I hope it wasn’t the weight watchers point system. That would be silly to me.

Anonymous on

Sierra- My thoughts exactly! We all make mistakes, and Jessica has simply proven that she’s no different (and at least she owned up to her mistake rather than trying to hide it or make excuses!).. She isn’t the first first-time mom who’s indulged a little too much while pregnant, nor will she be the last. I imagine she’ll be a bit more careful during her next pregnancy (assuming there IS a next pregnancy for her, of course!). :)

All of that said, it saddens me that Jessica stopped nursing Maxwell so soon. It seems like a lot of mothers only breastfeed for a few months these days. Nurisng mothers, in my opinion, don’t get nearly as much support as they should!

NickyAngel on

celebs concentrate way too much on loosing the baby weight, even before they’ve actually given birth – if you’re going to stress about loosing the weight…it’s never going to happen.

Catca on

I’ll just observe Jessica is being honest and I’ve got news for the judgmental women out there, many women who don’t indulge during pregnancy still don’t have the weight drop off like a supermodel. I’ll also observe that more than one of these judgmental women criticizing Jessica and calling her a moron or an airhead have some pretty glaring spelling errors in their comments with the most common one being “loosed the weight”. There is only one “o” in lose. The point is, worry about yourselves a bit more and worry less about other people. No one is perfect. At least Jessica is honest.

lifeasahouse on

We all knew she wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Reesca on

Give the woman a break – this was her first baby/pregnancy. Nobody knows how your body will grow and change the first time around. And it’s very common for first time moms to give into their cravings easier than one who has had more than one child. I gained 50 pounds with my first, and now 8 months pregnant with my second, I’ve only gained 15 pounds this time around. It’s a learning process so cut her a break.

Jennifer on

She is probably still chowing down on buttered pop tarts and wondering why she’s still a fat a$$. Kinda pathetic that an idiot like this was able to procreate.

Marky on

Congratulations to Jessica for working hard to lose the weight. Not everyone breastfeeds for the whole first year or two, and every little bit helps. Some BF is better than none. When I hear all you “negative Nancies” complain about how Kate Hudson gained 80 lbs while pregnant with #2 and looked every bit as big as Jessica did (except the boobs), then I’ll take you seriously; otherwise you are just being internet bullies! I’m just using Kate as an example, and you know what? She looks fine now….. bet half of you with your snotty comments about Jessica, didn’t look all that great while pregnant. Most of who didn’t get gigantic and lost the weight immediately, don’t feel the need to be rude about someone who gained weight!

my honest opinion on

She is happy and she is trying to get healthy…being judgemental and rude to a virtual stranger about stuff no one really knows (what she ate, how much, what meds she takes, what kind of exercise she COULD do) is unnecessary and mean.

meghan on

Marky, if Kate Hudson had told the world about her binging on buttered poptarts and fried twinkies, then acted shocked that she got so fat, I imagine more people would be giving her a hard time. Of course, Kate Hudson isn’t an idiot and Miss Simpson makes a point of proving her stupidity every time she talks.

Anonymous on

So she went a little overboard with the eating , so what. This is a person who has her entire life has been pressured to be skinny because she is a sex symbol. Lets be realistic, she will lose the weight. She has a personal chef, a trainer, and a million dollar weight watchers contract that relies on her doing so. She was in fantastic shape before( think her daisy duke days) and she knows what she needs to do. I bet one year from now we will all wish we looked like her!

Shawn on

For a gal who has always struggled with her weight, it is ignorant for her to think that weight wouldn’t all come off with the baby. And I totally agree with Kate, if she wanted to be healthy for her daughter, she would’ve practiced healthier habits during her pregnancy. Nine months of binging on crap is not healthy.

Rachel on

You didn’t realize eating like a disgusting cow would not come off when the baby came out. What an idiot. I would not be surprised if that baby turns up to have diabetes and serious health issues. Gaining that much weight is just irresponsible and disgusting. She should be blaming herself not the pregnancy.

ilc666 on

It’s so sad that she’s already stopped breastfeeding, no doubt b/c she wanted to be able to leave the baby with the nanny so she could do whatever she wants. She is so self centered.

Jen DC on

Jessica… JESSICAAAAAA!

#1, BS she didn’t know. Your OB/GYN is obligated to inform you as part of every check up about your weight gain and whether it is within a “normal” or “consistent” range for your age, size, size of the baby, size of the husband and other factors. If she had once listened to her doctor, she would not be in this predicament.

#2, yes, “regular moms” also make this mistake but since Jessica Simpson so recently got hammered for the high-waisted jeans/potbelly debacle, you would think that EXPERIENCE would have informed her pregnancy eating habits and she might’ve opted for fruit over Twinkies, Pop Tarts and mac n cheese. Not knowing how your body will react to certain foods/calories is one thing; but having experienced weight gain and difficult weight loss in the past and then asserting that you didn’t know it would be so hard is ridiculous.

I feel badly for her because at 32, her metabolism isn’t even what it used to be 3-4 years ago, so losing the weight and maintaining the loss is going to be that much more difficult. She can totally do it, but she’s going to have to stop abdicating her responsibility for herself and make informed choices.

Penny on

good grief did she honestly think that it really happens like that? Maybe if you gain a healthy amount of weight it does! I am preggo with baby #5 and not the skinniest person in the whole world, but even with self-indulging once in awhile i never gained more than 40 lbs and i had BIG babies. I realize every woman’s body is different, but i can never in god’s name figure out what on earth women are eating (or how many times a DAY!?) to make them gain 60-70 lbs or more during pregnancy, unless you are severely underweight and your body is making up for it by storing it. GROSS. eat some vegetables and skip the mac and cheese!

Shiv on

I just read on US Weekly’s website that she is 10 lbs away from her pre-baby size. Her words. So I’m wondering if this is all talk to unveil her ‘new’ body next week. Either way, it gets old hearing about these celebrity mom weight loss stories. Kate Hudson just said that she spent 3 hours a day working out to get to where she is right now. Good lord! So these articles do nothing for the average mother. We’re all different sizes, shapes and weights and it will continue to be that way forever. Why do we have to keep talking about it?

blessedwithboys on

How sad, Jessica, that you would be struggling so with your weight and still cut your daughter off from her birthright of mother’s milk so prematurely. I guess you also didn’t know that formula feeding will increase Maxwell’s chances of being obese.

Faith on

WOW!!! I have never seen such petty, cruel, spiteful, rude(etc.) remarks in my life. I have never commented on this site, but you should be appalled with yourselves. She made a bad choice and is now working to fix it, why don’t you all put down the rocks. I do believe that stoning is illegal these days…

Kitty on

What was her doctor saying at her monthly appointments?

meghan on

blessedwithboys, why are you so obsessed with breastfeeding? It is so off putting that the only topic you jump on is BF. Her birthright of mother’s milk???

Extremists like you make me want to formula feed.

anonymous on

Ok..is it just me, or does anyone else realize no matter what she gained, she will have professional chefs, personal trainers not to mention nanny’s and housekeepers and doctors etc all contributing to making her shed the pounds? What does, however, throw me off a bit is how since I heard she had this kid, I was under the impression it was a boy due to the fact. She named her child Maxwell. I could see Maxine, Maxi, something but Maxwell? And yo further make me think it was a boy is her middle name is DREW! What the hell?

Grace2 on

Really and truly, why are women so hard on each other? I don’t know her obviously, but honestly, I am happy for her that her baby is healthy and in her arms. I’ve known two women in the last year who were 9 months pregnant and healthy, who went on to lose their babies, one in utero and one hours after birth. Arguing about the weight a woman should or shouldn’t have gained when pregnant isn’t productive and overshadows the joy of a healthy baby. Lose the weight or don’t….it’s not what we should focus on.

me on

Well said, Grace2. Maybe a lot of the women who are attacking and judging Jessica have low self-esteem and this is their way of making themselves feel better. I know it’s not a case of them being perfect mothers, because there is no such thing.

It would be nice if we could concentrate on building each other up and not tearing down.

And yes, everyone has the right to their opinion, but I wish some opinions weren’t expressed so hatefully… that’s my opinion.

Danielle on

Weight Watchers has an excellent plan for nursing moms. I plan to use it following my current pregnancy!

Anonymous on

Anonymous- (the one who’s wondering why Jessica and Eric named their daughter such a “masculine” name) Jessica explained when Maxwell was born that the name honors family. Maxwell is Eric’s middle name and Drew is Jessica’s mother’s maiden name. And while Maxwell IS mostly a boy’s name, Drew can actually go either way (Drew Barrymore would be an example of another female Drew).

blessedwithboys- I’m very pro-breastfeeding myself, but I question the recent “studies” about formula feeding increasing the chances of obesity later in life. My main reason for this is quite simple: Most of the people in the “baby boomer” generation were formula-fed (due to it being thought that breastfeeding was unhealthy at the time for some reason).

Yet the rate of obesity among boomers doesn’t seem to be any higher than that of younger (or older) generations. If anything, boomers might be a little LESS likely to be obese than younger people (due to the simple fact that Americans ate healthier when they were kids)! If formula-feeding really increased the risk of obesity THAT much, I doubt that would be the case!

meghan- If and when you do have kids, make the feeding decision that’s best for YOU and YOUR family. Don’t worry about what other people think! :)

torgster on

Blessedwithboys, you need to see a psychiatrist. Every word you type on every post makes me question your sanity.

mary on

damn you people are bitchy. I don’t get why women can’t support each other.

SmiaVS on

I refuse to celebrate someone who “let [herself] indulge in everything [she] wanted.” If you’re going to conceive a child and carry that child to term, then you need to realize that the decisions you make for them start in utero, not after they’re born. Exposing your unborn child to unhealthy food isn’t much better than exposing him or her to drugs or alcohol.

Mandy on

Oh absolutely let’s all bash the star! You guys need to grow up, and quit being bullies. I gained 35 lbs in 33 weeks with my daughter. I tried to fit into my pre pregnancy jeans just because I THOUGHT I could, not that I didn’t believe I could. I felt I’d lost enough that I tried them on. It didn’t work. I’m sure we all have those stories out there. Grow up and quit bashing celebrities!

Anonymous on

Mandy- I agree! This was Jessica’s first pregnancy, and like many first-time moms-to-be, she made some mistakes. Big deal! She’s not perfect, and neither are any of the rest of us!

Meialy on

I would believe her more if she didn’t make a multi-million dollar deal with Weight Watchers while she was still pregnant

Amanda on

I’m sure the bitchy people on here bashing her for her weight gain would still be bashing her if she were model thin. Get over yourselves.

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