Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Trainer Defends Claim Moms Use Pregnancy as Excuse to Gain Weight

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson has raised the bar for the celebrity “momshell” in the race to lose weight after giving birth, and has recently come under scrutiny for her claim that women use pregnancy as an excuse to pack on the pounds.

“A lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and that’s the worst thing,” Anderson told DuJour magazine for its September issue.  “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.’”

Anderson, who has famously whipped Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow into shape, revealed to the magazine that she has lost nearly all her baby weight six weeks after giving birth to daughter Penelope in May.

She spoke with ABC's Lara Spencer Wednesday morning to clear the air on her remarks that have sparked conversation among mothers.

“What I mean is that pregnancy is difficult,” Anderson said on Good Morning America.  “And every pregnancy is completely unique.  We crave a lot, and I think in today’s society women have all this pressure to look a certain way or they feel as if they have to look a certain way.  I think that they turn to diet a lot because that’s what works for them, because fitness routines usually let them down.”

The former dancer said she put on a healthy 30 pounds during pregnancy by avoiding overeating and working out during her pregnancy.

“We do have to be conscious of it,” she said.  “Our instinct is the most important thing, though.  We as women have to listen to our own bodies, have to listen to our cravings.  Our bodies will tell us what we need for sure.  And I exercised very conservatively through my pregnancy.”

Anderson’s quick rebound only highlights the pressure many moms feel reading about Hollywood mothers or “momshells” (mother-as-bombshell) who seem to jump right back into their busy Hollywood careers looking svelte and stylish with no signs of baby weight.

More magazine editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour told Good Morning America last week that ordinary women need to remember that celebrities aren’t just like us.

“Nobody can live to that standard,” Seymour said.  “[Celebrities] have $40,000 exercising gurus. You’re not being paid for that. That is not your job. They have to get in shape in two weeks because they’ve got to go on the set. That is not the normal human being.”
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