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Ali Larter: It’s Hard to Impress Me with a Pre-Baby Body

08/19/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Ali Larter Health Magazine cover Courtesy Health

When Ali Larter was pregnant with her son Theodore Hayes back in 2010, the Obsessed actress gained 45 pounds — and unlike many Hollywood starlets, Larter says the post-pregnancy pounds didn’t drop off easily.

“A lot of women say that they breastfeed and the pounds come right off,” Larter, 37, says in the September issue of Health.

“For women who gain 25 pounds, that’s probably true … I gained 45 pounds. Mine came off at about five months, after working out a lot and doing a food delivery service,” she says.

The actress, whose cookbook Kitchen Revelry is due out next month, also tells the magazine that postpartum weightloss and toning is a whole different ballgame.

“It’s hard to impress me with a body that hasn’t had a baby. Have a baby and then let’s talk,” she jokes.

Still, Larter says there are few things she enjoys more than a good get-together — especially one she’s hosting!

“I can’t go a month without throwing a dinner party,” she says. “For me, entertaining has become a metaphor for life. If you mess up, laugh at it and order pizza. What’s important is putting yourself out there.”

And she’s also not too hard on herself when she gives into temptation and has some dessert.

“Like most women, I can’t eat half a brownie. It’s just not who I am,” she confesses. “I go for it, and then I try to be better. You have to enjoy life, right?”

– Lee Hernandez

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Laura on

I like her but a cookbook? Is she going to give us the recipes from the food delivery service she used??

Lis on

I agree with so many things she is quoted as saying in this article! :) Wonder if number two is in the future for them??!!

chelsea on

She has a cookbook coming out but needed a food delivery service to help lose weight. Interesting

JD on

I wonder what the “food delivery service” was. If it was a fresh produce delivery or one of the pre made meal systems that so many celeb moms endorse.

Christine on

One kid? Show me a mom who has come back from two kids! One kid was easy to recover from. Two kids? Let’s just say I will never wear a bikini again.

Cate on

Um, show me a mom who didn’t have a personal trainer or a food delivery service to lose baby weight, then Iet’s talk. Show me a mom who had to squeeze in working out at 5:30 a.m., go to work all day, then come home and make dinner for her family while bonding with baby for an hour before baby has to go to bed. Then let’s talk.

PS on

Christine, I’m with you! All the stretch marks and dimples I’ve got make the skin on my lower belly so rippled it looks like some desert wasteland, like there should be a caravan of camels crossing it.

Sherae on

She had a baby three yrs ago…that 45lbs should be gone by now. Who cares?

Missy on

@Christine-I had my second in September of last year and even though it was incredibly hard I was able to get body in better shape than what it was before I got pregnant with diet doing Jillian michaels DVDs in my living room. It’s hard and took over 9 months but it is possible.

Dawn on

Why do people ASSUME that celebs don’t work, have a personal trainer and chef, and have all this time to devote to fitness. They are humans just like us. You can bust your ass and watch what you eat just as well as any A list celeb. Stop whining about wealth.

Amanda on

Christine- it is different for everyone. Some moms have a hard time after their first and others never do. I was in the best shape of my life after my first, second and third kids…my fourth threw me for a loop and it took a year to get back to it. No cookbook necessary, just good old fashioned exercise, reasonable portions and real food.

mamamia on

So she actually looked like a “normal” person after a couple weeks, but she had to get a food delivery service in order to get down to a size 0. OH, ok, I get it. And her story is parallel to mine how?

Zeze on

Preach sister! You just described my schedule, lol!

Lesli on

Meow…there sure are some jealous hens clucking on here….

Mila on

Christine, I had 2 kids and gained 38-40lbs each pregnancy, my body is back to normal since my second baby was 6 months old. I dont have a personal trainer nor get food deliver and i’m a very busy mom, It is possible for everyone, you just need to have a goal and good will power! Let’s be happy for this young instead of questioning her ways of loosing weight! Get up and make a decision to change YOUR life and the way you feel about yourself!

Agatha on

What’s up with the oh she orders food so it’s in the cookbook..

My boyfriend cook’s everyday, (not going to say i cook, I just not good at it haha, maybe I should buy that book! :P )

But sometimes we order pizza, but don’t we all do that? Perfect when you don’t want to get out the door!

kay on

She eats brownies? right LOL

Iscis on

I’m sure she cooks for her dinner parties and was talking about the delivery service after giving birth…

Sherron Teal on

I had twins they weighed almost six pounds each! I lost the 20 pounds quickly, but my abdomen has never been the same. Guess what?? I don’t care! My sons who are now 42 years old have brought me such happiness.

blah blah blah on

Show us a woman who has 2+ kids with no trainer or deliverer service 5 months after giving birth.

Please, these Hollywood poo poos need to give it a rest.

Sarah on

Moms, don’t let this photoshopped cover get you down. Women who can’t/don’t/won’t have kids, you’re beautiful, too.

Sick of magazines putting women down for their choices with doctored images. We can do better.

Iota on

Cate – you NAILED it….

Um, show me a mom who didn’t have a personal trainer or a food delivery service to lose baby weight, then Iet’s talk. Show me a mom who had to squeeze in working out at 5:30 a.m., go to work all day, then come home and make dinner for her family while bonding with baby for an hour before baby has to go to bed. Then let’s talk.

kim on

she looks fabulous

kim on

@ cate, where would would you like me to send a pic to? it doesnt take a miracle to get back in shape after baby. i did it. twice. no gimmicks. no gyms. no special food. yes, i worked full time. i was back in a size 1 one month after i gave birth to each of my kids. 20 years later, im still the same size. its called eating healthy and not using your ”baby” as an excuse to be a fat pig.

zusje on

I’ll paraphrase “It’s hard to impress me with a body…show me someone who doesn’t judge other people and their choices/lifstyle/looks and then let’s talk!”

Kim on

Yet another celebrity that doesn’t think before they speak. “Not impressed” by a body that hasn’t bore a child. Yep, all those cancer patients and people that come through other obstacles, burn victims, amputees, etc that struggle to build their bodies back up. Yeah they don’t count. You must give birth and gain at least 45 pounds to be awesome like her.

dsfg on

I gained 40 lbs with both my kids and lost it all within a week of delivery, both times. The majority of my weight gain was just water. I did eat more than normal during my pregnancies, but not a ton, and I didn’t eat junk. Actually, dessert food made me sick for some reason.

Riri on

You don’t want to, Christine.

Debby on

I have several friends who have great bikini bodies after 4 and 5 kids! They are weekend athletes and business women! They look better than those who haven’t had babies .. Lol hate em!! Lol !! Biggest hearted ladies I know!! When I was sick, they took the time to mother me.. Lol!

Martina on

I am in great shape, but after two kids (both over 10.5 lb) a bikini is never going to happen again. Everyone carries differently, loses weight differently, etc. I have friends that worked really hard to regain their pre-baby bodies, but it was simply impossible. Whatever. We should support each other, not judge.

Debby on

Congrats!! Yay you!! Awesome!

Momoftwo on

Why do we women feel the need to bash each other? What purpose does it serve? I gained over 40 pounds with my first. I didn’t really try very hard to lose weight, but it fell off. Lucky me. I gained only 25 with my second and it took a lot more effort to take less weight off. Even still, baby two wrecked my belly permanently. Who cares either way? I have two healthy snugglers. It certainly doesn’t make me a better mom. Also, some people really truly have serious hormonal changes that effect their ability to lose weight no matter what. They are not fat pigs and should not be judged as such. Goodness! I hope I raise my kids to be more caring, empathetic, and less judgmental than what I’m reading.

Surf City on

A lot of you snarky women need to get off your high horses. Just because you fit into your stupid size zero a month later does not make you a better woman or mom. How about a little support for your fellow moms? Just a reminder that every woman has a different body and shape. I am a very curvy, busty woman and my sister is a flat board which means we will NEVER be the same body in a pair of jeans!

Mother of six on

I give her credit for admitting it’s not easy and nursing alone doesn’t make you lose weight. I have 6 kids with my last two being twins and I’m smaller now than before my first kid and the twins will be 18 weeks tomorrow and I tell you I work out 6 days a week and I’m not getting food delivered but I am proud of myself. Any woman can do it whether they have money or not.

jennyisamule on

I hate the term “baby weight.” It’s not the weight of the baby; it’s pregnancy weight, or post-pregnancy weight, or whatever.

Why do people gain more than 30 pounds with a pregnancy anyway? I’d say 33-35 tops unless you have more than one fetus in there. Sheesh. My doctor said I should gain 28, so I did.

Edie on

I really like this woman and I don’t even quite know WHO she is.

Is she an actress?

jay on

hey Blah Blah Blah, i personally know of about 5 people (my mother included) who had 2+ kids, no trainer or delivery service and had AMAZING bodies after. My best friend actually has a better body after 2 kids because she worked double hard. Not impossible. Hens.

real love on

“It’s hard to impress me with a body that hasn’t had a baby. Have a baby and then let’s talk,”

I get her comment and good on her for accomplishing somuch. Still, how about a body that has been through multiple illness and is living through chronic illness and is unable to have children? How about a body with severe skeletal structural problems that has caused endless pain?

How about a body that was once morbidly obese and through hard work is now healthy.

How about a body that has been scarred for life. How about bodies that were beaten and abused or that have been starved and have overcome to find health. Motherhood is a beautiful thing, but we all have our stories and women need to learn to support ALL WOMEN, not just the ones we can personally relate to.

brandiwoods1 on

A christine– I’ve had 2 kids and wear a bikini in summer.. why cant you? and no, my kids were not little 6lb babies– 8lbs and 9lbs, respectively. I gained 30+ lbs with both pregnancies too. I just had to work hard at cutting out sugars and fatty foods in order to wear my bikini/jeans/etc about 5 months later. So, even after multiple pregnancies, it’s always possible to get back into shape and be healthy.

JulieQ on

I don’t like the way her comments, joking or not, pit women against each other, trying to force them into categories. They are the mommies worthy of acclaim in her eyes, then there are us “others.” As someone who will never have children due to my husband’s sterility, this article touched me in a negative way and fleetingly made me feel sad.

mb on

Wonder how much she is photoshopped. Real talk however and that’s nice. I don’t know her much.

No hen here on

Really Kim? Just because some women gain a lot of weight is no reason to call them fat pigs. I know what you wrote, but throwing stones is just tacky, regardless of how you phrase it. You’re such a nasty woman the majority of the moms despise. So judgmental

Hey on

I had twins and was back in my clothes in two weeks. It’s based on genetics and not gaining 45 lbs. I cooked for myself and my husband and I take care of the kids with zero help.

Jen on

@Christine and Cate,

A post-partum body is different for everyone. My body is most definitely NOT the same, but I dropped all my pregnancy weight fairly quickly (kids are 2.5 and 4.5), I’m toned up, and in the best shape of my life. My skin is certainly stretchier than it was in the past, but I have no stretch marks at all (lucky for me), and I’m happy to wear a bikini because I think I look good AND I’m proud of all the work I put in to get where I am.

And I did it while working a full time job outside of the home, exclusively breastfeeding both my kids, co-sleeping, and just the support of my husband (we don’t live near any family). We are a teacher and social worker and don’t make much money, but we eat clean, stay active as a family, and make it a point to work on our fitness. It IS possible.

Anonymous on

It is amazing how every time an article like this comes out, fellow moms have to bash celebs and play the “poor me card,” instead of sticking together. It’s so pitiful and pathetic!

I have five children, including twins and I look similar to her. I don’t have a trainer or a chef. How do I do it? I take care of myself and don’t use having children as an excuse to eat unhealthy and be lazy!!

I know it can take time for everyone and it did for me with one of the pregnancies, but you don’t need money to be healthy, lose weight, or look good.

Stick together as moms and stop sounding so bitter. Your children deserve better!

Anna on

@Cate – Ya, I have a picture to send to you also. And I have 3 kids all 2 years apart. It can be done without food service & without a personal trainer.

Anonymous on

Puhleeez… Why do some people over analyze stuff like this. Cancer patients? Amputees? Are you effin serious? You must not be a mom, Kim. Because if you are then you would know how hard it is to lose that much baby weight. Sure, for some people it might be easy breezy, but we’re all different. Give the girl some props. She’s keeping it real.

Anonymous on

Cate- And celebrities don’t have to work (and thus squeeze exercising- trainer or no trainer- into THEIR busy schedules)?! Also, she never said she a personal trainer, just that she worked out a lot (which, last time I checked, people are perfectly capable of doing on their own!).

Anyway, I, for one, think Ali is a breath of fresh air! It’s refreshing to hear a celebrity admit that the baby weight didn’t drop right off, and that they didn’t do anything outrageous to lose it (plenty of ordinary people use food delivery services and work out, too!).

Lana on

Haha, it’s funny how everyone thinks they know how to lose/ not lose weight after birth. Gee…every woman is different. I was slimmer than before pregnancy two days after giving birth. Yep, seriously! I started with 59 kg and weighed 53 kg afterwards. Did I do anything for it? No. Lucky me, I guess. Still, I don’t assume that’s the way it is for EVERY woman. And honstly…there a way more important things after birth than one’s weight. Enjoy your babies and eat healthy. Worrying about weight can lead to post-natal depression.

Suzee on

I’m so confused. So she has a cookbook coming out but she doesn’t cook?

Sandra on

Laura, what a hysterical comment. That’s so funny. I do like her though. She’s smart and real. Although, being that beautiful in life gives you that extra confidence, doesn’t it?

Mom of 2 on

Cate I’m with you! Did the same thing here. It’s hard but it’s worth it! I feel bad for these celebrity moms who try to get sympathy from the public they are clueless to how easy their life really is. Show me a mom with regular everyday issues making it, I’ll buy her book any day.

Kris on

Love her! Always have. Naturally gorgeous and down to earth. Scandal free.

Ljh on

I am pretty tired of celebrities who have personal trainers and food services tell me how hard it was to lose their baby weight. Get real.

Susan on

Another article apt to make new moms feel somewhat inadequate. Those fresh food delivery services are horrendously expensive, and the others have “food” I wouldn’t feed to my dogs. Give yourselves a break. If it takes you 9 months to put on the weight, it may take you 9 to take it off. Buy two or three “bigger” slacks and blouses for work, and live your life. If you’re up at 5:30, taking your tike to daycare, coming home and making your own dinner, you need to give yourself a break and take your time. This is the real world we’re living in, not LA-LA Land.

Anonymous on

She looks good. Im trying to loose weight after baby number 2 ( 3 months). It is deff harder then the 1st time, but Im going to get to my pre-baby shape no matter how long it takes.

Lea on

That’s what I thought too when I read it. Wish I could have had a food delivery after my kids!!! Show me a woman that loses 45 lbs without a food delivery and makes a cookbook… That would impress me!! But she looks great!

Heather on

Meow, is right! Yes, I’m sure most celebs have a personal trainer, food delivery, etc. post baby…but I’m a 29 year old mom of TWO, lost all of the baby weight within months (I’m 5’8″ 125 lbs), didn’t go to the gym once and ate banana splits once a week. It is, in fact, very possible that some of them do just simply have good genetics…why the hate? Who cares? Any woman who has had a baby deserves to be proud of their body after. no matter what. So sick of listening to the “curvy” women whine….thin girls deserve to be proud of their body just as much as you do!

Anonymous on

Hey Ali – try being poor, then we’ll talk. F*cking celebrities.

Anonymous on

Other anonymous,
Poor people, middle class people and rich people can look as good as her. It has nothing to do with money. Stop being, bitter, angry and jealous. It is not becoming.

Anonymous on

Mom of 2- Or perhaps WE don’t know how difficult their lives really are at times with the unique issues THEY face (fame doesn’t just come will all sorts of perks. It has it’s downsides, too, one of them being that, if you’re a woman, your body is constantly being scrutinized by the media and the general public alike!).

We like to think we know what celebrities lives are really like, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t! Just because something seems easy and carefree on the outside doesn’t mean it’s that way on the inside. Bottom line: Unless and until you’ve walked a mile in someone’s shoes, don’t judge!

Lydia Lockhart on

Try a C-section followed by another abdominal surgery to fix a bladder problem, and then a abdominal hysterectomy 2 years later….then we can talk!

leenf on

EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING! HAHAHA

Minn on

That’s great you were able to gain the right amount… I will say everyone gains differently though! I did NOT change my eating habits but managed to gain 60 lbs all 3 times I was pregnant! It was horrific. I could not stop gaining. My BMI is actually underweight when I’m not pregnant, so the doctor never said I weighed to much, but it was really hard carrying all that around.

grace on

Some women CANNOT give birth. Dont make them feel like even less of a woman than they already feel! Just because a woman has kids doesn’t mean its not hard to lose weight. Why would u bash another mother. You women have the greatest gift on the planet. Your children. Reproduction is a god given right.that some women just can’t have. No ones fault. Remember what you have and that 1 in 6 women deal with infertility. When u complain about “baby weight”, remember someone else would kill (literally) for that baby weight.

Anonymous on

Suzee’s comments the best

“I’m so confused. So she has a cookbook coming out but she doesn’t cook?” hahahahaha! perfect!

rachel on

Hard to impress you with a fit body just because someone hasn’t had a baby?? The rudeness of this statement really bothers me. Does that mean that someone has not worked just as hard or harder than you to get that body? How about someone who was plagued with depression and gained weight and had to STRUGGLE to get that weight off?

I lost 80 pounds and worked damn hard at it- I didn’t have a baby, and cannot, and I do have stretch marks, etc. It took me a long time to be proud of my body…. I worked for it. It’s not “that easy” for everyone to have a pre-baby perfect body, so give us a break. And it has nothing to do with “eating like a pig” to be a size one, as one lady put it.

I’m happy for her that she feels happy and healthy, but I also feel happy for any woman who has worked hard to get the body that makes them feel that way, baby or not.

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