If you find it really difficult to lose weight and keep the weight off, you're not the only one. Turns out celebrities struggle just as hard as you- who knew?. It's just as difficult, if not more so when you've just had a kid or two.
As it turns out, Blake Lively suffered from the exact same strife and is now willing to share her weight loss tips. On Monday, the actress took to Instagram to reveal that she's lost 61 pounds since giving birth to her and Ryan Reynolds' second child in September 2016.
Helping Blake throughout her 14-month weight loss journey was her trainer, Don Saladino, who also trains Ryan and Blake's former Gossip Girl co-star Sebastian Stan. If you want to look like any of those three, or even just feel healthier, you've come to the right place.
Blake shared the picture above with her social media followers saying: "Turns out you can't lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through instragram and wondering why you don't look like all the bikini models. Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud."
Don spoke to E! news about his time with Blake. While training Blake, Don stressed her weight loss was about the quality of what she ate, and the activity she did alongside it.
"The biggest misconception is food deficit. I don't believe in that. I've had a lot of experience in the past with getting people ready for magazine covers, movies, fitness stages, and I probably know body composition better than anyone-not to sound cocky, but I have been doing this for 20 years. The big mistake is getting someone in a caloric deficit."
Something that is common to a lot of weight loss failures is jumping from a rich diet to a very restrictive one. The same can generally be said for having a baby. "Taking someone who is used to having cookies, pizza, or pasta" and "starving them of food" is not a good thing, according to Don, and I'm inclined to agree with him.
Don says: "I believe that food is medicine. I believe that we can still get a substantial amount of calories, proteins, carbs and fats to feed the body and become a fat burning furnace." And that's he did with Blake.
He continues: "If she's eating pasta, it's a good quality pasta. If she's eating cookies, its good quality cookies. She tries to avoid process foods, and junk foods. There's a list of foods that one can eat on any budget that isn't garbage. This is a very attainable way to do things, and I think anyone can do it the way she does it." This is of course all in moderation, making sure not to deprive herself.
An average day on her journey to 60 pounds in weight loss was eating whole foods, proteins, vegetables and carbs and understanding carbs weren't bad. This also allowed Blake Lively to eat what she wants when she wanted. Don says: "By taking that approach, and exercising, and relieving her body of stress. She was able to get her body where she wanted it. It took 14 months but she looks incredible."
On top of all this, Blake really never had a goal weight. This meant there was no stress to get to a certain thing and celebrate by eating once that had happened. Blake said: "this is the process, this is what we need to be doing and I have to enjoy it." Words we can all live by on our fitness journey, I'm sure.