Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson welcomed her second child, daughter Penelope, six weeks ago. The fitness guru – who has been credited for sculpting Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna into “momshells” – is revealing her own rapid postpartum weight loss.
“A lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and that’s the worst thing,” Tracy tells DuJour magazine, revealing she’s already lost her baby weight.
“I’ve seen so many women who come to me right after (having children) with disaster bodies that have gone through hell, or they come to me years later and say, ‘Oh, my body is like this because I had three kids.’”
The former dancer says she put on 30 pounds during pregnancy by avoiding overeating and regularly working out. She struggled to slim down after giving birth to son Sam in 1988 after gaining 60 pounds on a steady diet of milkshakes and hot dogs.
“I feel like I’ve lived an entire lifetime since then,” she shares. “For 13 years I’ve been jumping around, dancing at such high levels all over the world and with no sleep for multiple hours a day. I thought, ‘Please, I can bust out an hour of dance aerobics, no problem.’ Wrong!” she says.
She adds: “I know that the journey of getting back to your best level of performance physically is very hard, but it’s an incredibly empowering place to be.”