Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel Drops The Baby Weight in Just Three WeeksPosted on Jun 4th 2010 3:00PM by Emily Shetler
But Frankel's not alone: Other new mom celebs have been slimming down fast recently, like Kourtney Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson. This Real Housewife's daily menu includes a muffin and fruit for breakfast, veggie sandwich and soup at lunch and barbecue chicken and a half of a sweet potato for dinner. To get the real story behind the weight loss, That's Fit talked to Frankel just before "The Real Housewives of New York City" season finale.
That's Fit: How did you modify your diet for pregnancy, before and after giving birth?
Bethenny Frankel: I believe that your diet is a bank account. The same held true for pregnancy, except that I had a bigger bank account! I always indulge and never deprive myself, but I rarely overeat. Bingeing is a no-no, and I believe that most pregnant people use it as a license to pig out. I was healthy before, during and after my pregnancy.
TF: What about exercise while you were pregnant?
BF: I did my "Body by Bethenny" yoga DVD two or three times a week, and walked to different neighborhoods of Manhattan for exercise. Walking is always accessible, affordable and attainable.
TF: How has your husband Jason Hoppy been supportive of you post-baby?
BF: We haven't been focused on weight loss. We like to explore different areas of Manhattan and restaurants by taking walks in the nice weather. I haven't been doing anything except occasional short stints on my elliptical since Bryn arrived.
TF: Are you having any complications from the C-section that affected your walking or holding the baby?
BF: I thought the C-section wasn't a big deal. I'm not much of a complainer, or one who is affected greatly by pain. I didn't even take the pain meds, except Advil. I feel good. I did nothing whatsoever except run around the house and breastfeed for the first three weeks. Now I'm out and about, no big deal. My stomach still feels numb, however, and I keep the scar covered -- though it is healing well. I am very sleep deprived, though!
TF: How are you dealing with urges and hormonal snacking?
BF: I never resist anything that I want, nor did I while I was pregnant. For instance, last night for dessert, I had a few bites of blueberry crisp and red velvet cake. No two days are the same. People always want me to hand them a plan, but the key is that there is no set plan. The reason people have lost hundreds of pounds from my books is they have worked out what works for them by ridding themselves of food noise.
TF: Do you have any tips for other new moms struggling with losing the baby weight?
BF: Don't get crazy and vow to "be good." Start the process of taking care of yourself while pregnant. I'm not trying to plug anything, but the advice in "Naturally Thin" changes lives. It teaches to not binge, to turn food noise into a voice and to not beat yourself up or be obsessive. Your diet is a bank account, so manage yours according to your life.
TF: And what about your new show?
Tune into Frankel's new show, "Bethenny Getting Married?" Thursday June 10 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
Read our review of Bethenny's "Body by Bethenny" DVD.