Jessica Simpson's Baby Weight Freak-Out Is Setting Her Up to Fail
Who didn't see this coming? Now that Jessica Simpson has given birth to her daughter Maxwell Drew, OK! magazine is reporting that she's completely terrified that she won't be able to shed the 65 pounds of baby weight she put on over the course of the last nine months. (Yes, even though she's gettin' paid the big bucks by Weight Watchers to do so.)
Apparently, she's freaked out by the glare of the media spotlight judging her at every turn. And I can't say I blame her for that. At the same time, she did make a choice to sign up to be a weight loss program's spokesperson, making her upcoming challenge an even more public one. But I have no doubt that she'll be able to pare the pounds ... as long as she chills out and adopts a whole new attitude.
I'm talking about being patient. Those 65 pounds aren't going to fall off overnight. Sure, breastfeeding could help her a long a bit, but the truth of the matter is that it's going to take a lot of work, willpower, and rigorous exercise over the course of several months to slim down. But that's completely fine! If she's legit losing with the Weight Watchers PointsPlus plan, they'll hopefully be telling her that slow and steady is the way to go. After all, the healthiest, longest lasting weight loss doesn't occur in a fast, extreme way.
I also hope she bears in mind one of the most underestimated keys to getting in shape: Self-compassion. Jess has gotta give herself a break! Knowing Hollywood and the gossip mill, I'm sure there will be tongues clucking if she's not looking super svelte several weeks from now. Unfortunately, her worries aren't unfounded. But who cares?! She just has to tune naysayers out, and take care of #1 -- and her new, beautiful baby girl, of course.
Did you feel like Jess after having a baby? How did you deal with your anxiety about weight loss?