Jessica Simpson has had a very public battle with her weight for well over a decade. From a stunning, beach body figure in her late teens, the ups and downs of fame and a messy personal life have seen her pack on the pounds, only to ditch them and then, almost inevitably, pile them back on again. Recently, however, the 35 year old superstar revealed a smoking new look which has her appearing hotter than ever.
Want to know what Jessica’s secret is? The Weight Watcher’s spokesperson has none. According to star herself, her body is forged from pure dedication and hard work.
In just six months in 2014, the singer, fashion designer and reality star went from frumpy to fantastic. After having her second child, Maxwell, in May 2013, Jessica was faced with an extra 60 unwanted pounds. After having the baby, she was determined to really focus and start training to get her body back.
That focus really paid off, with Jessica losing the entire 60 pounds. In addition to changing her eating habits, Jessica has another secret weapon – her personal trainer, Harley Pasternak.
Along with Jessica, Pasternak also has in his roster such Hollywood A-Listers as Megan Fox and Jennifer Hudson. Here’s a look at the program that Harley used to help Simpson get back her sexy body.
Phase One: Cardio Warm Up
After 5-minutes of medium paced walking on a treadmill, Jessica would perform 1 minute of high knee sprinting, following by a minute’s worth of but kicks. She’d then do 60 seconds worth of skipping.
Phase Two: Upper Body Strength Training
Pasternak would put Simpson through a routine built around free weights that emphasized compound movements that allowed the body to work as a functional unit. These would include the bench press, bent over rowing, lat pull-downs, and deadlifts.
To hit the smaller muscle groups, the singer would perform barbell curls supersetted with triceps push downs. Dumbbell shoulder presses would be supersetted with hammer curls.
On all compound exercises, Jessica would do 4 sets, increasing the weight and decreasing the reps each set on a pyramid schedule. On the smaller body parts, each super-set would be completed three times.
Phase Three: Lower Body Strength Training
Pasternak would start the reality start off with full squats using an Olympic bar. The weight would pyramid up while the reps went down on each set, to a final set of six reps.
The next move would be dumbbell lunges. Three sets would be completed with an emphasis on getting a full stretch and contraction through the glutes and thighs on each rep.
From there, Jessica would perform reps on the glute ham developer. She’d go for a full extension on every rep of the three sets.
Phase Four: Core Training
Core training is very important to Jessica. Not only does it allow her to showcase her sexy mid-section, it also forms the basis of her power. Everything from carrying her baby to lifting a suitcase relies on core strength. Here’s the exact core program that she and Harvey did every session . . .
- Jumping Split Lunges: Standing, feet together, and with hands on hips, bend your knees and jump up, landing with your right foot in front of you and your left foot behind. You’ll want to get as deep a bend in your knees as possible – 12 reps each leg.
- Halo Deadlift: Grab a light dumbbell and squat down fully with the weight hanging between your legs. Keeping your back arched rise to a standing position as you lift the weight and rotate it around your head in a circular motion. Return to the start position and repeat – 12 reps.
- Dumbbell Rotational Jumps: Start in the same position as the previous exercise, but this time the dumbbell should be held in a top curl position. From a bottom squat perform a rotational jump that allows you to spin 180 degrees before landing. Jump from the bottom position into your next rep – 12 reps
- Elbow, Plank, Row: Start by lying on your stomach in a plank position, resting on your elbows. The only points of contact with the floor should be your toes and forearms. Position a pair of dumbbells on the outsides of your arms. One arm at a time, rise up to grab the dumbbells. Now pull the dumbbell in your right hand towards your chest. Repeat with your left hand. That’s one rep – 6 reps
- Mountain Climbers: Start in a traditional push-up position, keeping your core tight. Bring one knee up as close to your chest as possible while balancing on the opposite foot, and then quickly switch legs. Keep your butt down and your palms on the floor at all times – 12 reps
- Plank: Lie face down on the floor and prop yourself up on your elbows so that your body is supported only by the balls of your feet, elbows and forearms. Keep your back straight in one solid line. Hold this position for 30 seconds.
Phase Five: Cardio Cool Down
5 minutes on the treadmill as a medium pace.
The Jessica Simpson Post Baby Diet
Jessica’s new look diet began two months after giving birth, with a fifteen day smoothie diet. This comprised having three smoothies per day and then gradually adding in snacks and meals as time went by.
Here’s a recipe for Jessica’s favorite metabolism boosting smoothie . . .
What You Need:
- 5 raw almonds
- 1 red apple
- 1 banana
- ¾ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup non-fat milk
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
What You do:
Mix all the ingredients in a high quality blender.
Taking this smoothie in the morning will provide you with all the protein, fiber and calcium that you need to fuel you through your day.
After the fifteen day smoothie diet, which acted as a full body cleanser, the star went with a weight watchers diet. Based on the premis that if you make healthy choices, you’ll eat less, the diet emphasizes fruit, vegetables and lean proteins. While no foods are officially off limits, you do have to adhere to a daily points plan.
The Weight Watchers plan gave Jennifer the flexibility to design her own eating plan. Commenting on the pressure to stay trim, Jessica recently commented,
‘There is a lot of pressure to lose weight but I’m not a supermodel.
‘I’m just Jessica trying to eat real food in the real world and I really just want to be healthy for my daughter so I knew Weight Watchers was the only way to go.
In order to achieve her weight loss goal, Jessica had to give up her favorite carb craving – macaroni and cheese. She wanted to minimize carbs as much as possible in order to control her insulin release, thus encouraging her body to use stored fats as its preferred energy source.
Hard Work Pays Off
As a result of her hard work and discipline, the post baby 35-year old singer looks as good as she did in her teens, which is definitely saying something. She has definitely secured her charter membership in the Yummy Mummy club.