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How Jessica Simpson Lost 60 Pounds of Baby Weight

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jessica Simpson Collection(NEW YORK) -- In just six months, singer, reality star and fashion designer Jessica Simpson has lost an astonishing amount of weight.

New photos taken over the weekend are the most revealing look at her post-baby body since Simpson was a special guest on ABC's Good Morning America in September.

“After having the baby, I’ve had to really, really focus and start training,” Simpson told GMA then.

And all that training now appears to be paying off.  Simpson says she’s shed 60 pounds since giving birth to daughter Maxwell in May.  That’s just 10 pounds shy of her pre-baby weight.

Simpson, also a Weight Watchers spokesperson, says that in addition to changing her eating habits, her personal trainer is her secret weapon.

Harley Pasternak trains Simpson, along with other stars like Megan Fox and Jennifer Hudson.  With a masters of science in exercise physiology and nutritional sciences from the University of Toronto, and an honors degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, Pasternak is a renowned fitness and nutrition expert and best-selling author.

Pasternak’s workout is made up of five phases:

  • Phase One: Cardio Warm-UP
  • Phase Two: Upper Body Strength Training
  • Phase Three: Lower Body Strength Training
  • Phase Four: Core Training
  • Phase Five: The Cardio Cool Down

Simpson says she’s not giving up on shedding those last few pounds, but she is giving up macaroni and cheese, her favorite pregnancy craving.

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

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- During pregnancy, Jessica Simpson told USA Today, she was “constantly hungry” and had a “big appetite.” Her go-to indulgence was macaroni and cheese.

“I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was ever pregnant, and I wanted to enjoy it,” the singer turned fashion designer said. “I wanted to be happy and eat what I wanted.”

But since giving birth to her daughter, Maxwell Drew, May 1, the weight hasn’t come off as quickly as she would have liked.

“I didn’t realize [the weight] didn’t all come off with the baby,” Simpson said.

The singer shocked fans when she posed nude, and pregnant, on the cover of Elle magazine in April. The 5-foot-4 star weighed 170 pounds at the time, she told USA Today.

Simpson will unveil her weight loss on the Sept. 10 premiere of Katie Couric’s new talk show, Katie. She’ll also appear in Weight Watchers ads beginning next week. The pounds are coming off quickly, she said, adding, "I’ve lost weight every single week.”

“I’m 10 pounds away from my pre-baby size,” Simpson told Us Weekly.

To lose the weight, Simpson is following Weight Watchers’ PointsPlus program which assigns points to foods. At first, she was eating foods that totaled 34 points a day but has since dropped to 28 points. She also has Weight Watchers meetings at home with her mom and close friends.

Along with the PointsPlus program, Simpson said she is eating less but not depriving herself. She hasn’t eaten macaroni and cheese since starting Weight Watchers but she struggles to stay away from M&Ms.

“I’m a woman who wants her chocolate,” Simpson said. “I allot myself a fun-size [bag] M&Ms. I eat one of those, and my craving is satisfied. I don’t need the whole bag of M&Ms.”

Simpson is doing 60 minutes of cardio a day. Her fiance, former NFL tight end Eric Johnson, goes on long walks with her and their daughter, Maxwell.

“My boobs are way too big to run at this point. I’m just walking,” she said. She also does simple toning exercises with a trainer four to five times a week.

“Her waist is going in, and her thighs are getting smaller,” Simpson’s celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak told Us Weekly.

Simpson has been keeping her fans up to date on her weight loss via her Twitter account.

“Just bought all the girls in my @weightwatchers group pedometers to track their steps. 10,000 steps a day = 5 miles! Let’s step it up!” she tweeted July 19.

Simpson insists that any woman can drop the pregnancy pounds and get in shape, just like her.

“I’m not a supermodel. My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel,” she told USA Today. “I’m just your everyday woman who is trying to feel good and be healthy for her daughter, her fiancé and herself.”

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Jessica Simpson Panned Over Pregnancy Weight

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to Jessica Simpson's pregnancy weight, it seems everyone has an opinion.

Simpson, who is eight months pregnant with her first child, has been called "huge," "a house," and "an absolute porker," the latter coming from a Florida OB/GYN.

"I hate how judgmental people are about pregnant women," said Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.  "You have to have a thick skin and recognize that people don't have the right to criticize you.  No one's closer to this pregnancy than you are."

Doctors say putting on 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy is healthiest.  And while it's unclear how much weight Simpson has gained, critics have accused her of "letting go" and being a bad role model for pregnant women.

"No one should ever look like Jessica Simpson," Dr. Tara Solomon, a OB/GYN in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. told Slate.  "She's an absolute porker… I cannot believe how heavy she is."

Simpson has taken flack over her figure before.  The Fashion Star mentor's weight has been tabloid fodder for years.  But pregnancy weight is a touchy topic.  Gaining too much or too little can harm both mom and baby.

"Early pregnancy weight gain is associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy," said Greenfield.  "Weight gain also tends to make bigger babies, which means a tighter fit through the birth canal."

Gaining too little weight, on the other hand, can affect the baby's growth, "and that's really not a healthy situation," said Greenfield.  "Surprisingly, gaining too little weight actually increases the chance of the child being obese later in life."

Gaining a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy doesn't have to be hard, Greenfield said.  Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein is a smart way to stay within the recommended range.

"If we all had fantastic, healthy diets to begin with, we wouldn't need to do anything differently during pregnancy.  The only difference is you need 300 extra calories a day," she said.  "That's an apple and a yogurt.  You're certainly not eating for two adults."

Greenfield said moms-to-be should practice moderation and listen to their appetites.

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Jessica Simpson Pregnant in Stilettos; Is It Safe?

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Even with her huge baby bump, Jessica Simpson is sticking to her heels.

The pregnant singer recently stepped out to do a bit of shopping in towering platform heels.  She coordinated brown sky-high peep-toe shoes with a suede handbag and long rust-colored dress.

Fortunately, she had an assistant with her to tote around the bags she collected during a shopping excursion at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.

The 31-year-old pop star and actress, who is engaged to NFL player Eric Johnson, told Us Weekly she had no intention of going lighter on her feet.

"I'm probably going to deliver my baby in these [4-inch YSL heels]," she joked to the magazine.

Stilettos for pregnant women are not inherently dangerous, according to doctors.  But when a woman's weight and shape change during pregnancy, so does her center of gravity.  Because of this, Simpson may be more prone to falls, falls that could have dire consequences.  Otherwise, a lot of the risk is to her own comfort.

Dr. Manuel Porto, professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, also said that most pregnant women use an arched back posture to accommodate the change, which often leads to low back pain.  Wearing high-heeled shoes and boots can exacerbate the problem, especially as feet start to swell in the later months.

"Most obstetricians recommend that patients wear flat shoes or those with less than a two-inch heel, especially in the third trimester," Porto said.

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