How did Jessica Simpson lose 60lbs in five months?

FitnessBytes with Wes Ferguson

I must have ESP or something, because last October when Jessica Simpson announced she was going to be a “mummy” I told anyone who would listen how she could make a mint by simply losing her baby weight. She did everything I said; made $3 million dollars and lost 60 pounds. I can’t get you a contract with Weight Watchers, but I can tell you how to drop the weight in the same time frame.

Us Weekly says she’s using the PointsPlus program and doing four-times-a-week training sessions. Most people lose about one pound a week following by counting calories and exercising regularly. Sixty pounds in five months is three pounds a week. So how is Jessica maximizing her weight loss?

  1. Avoid sugars, rather than cutting carbs. You need carbs (veggies, grains) to fuel workouts, but you’re probably getting way too much sugar.
  2. Effective workouts with little rest in-between exercises, combining weight training and high intensity cardio. (Hire a trainer!)
  3. Be effective with your time. Research shows 30 minutes of activity 3 times a week makes significant changes to the body. Despite conventional wisdom that more is more, research also finds that sessions an hour or longer don’t have a significant difference — because at a certain point you begin to burn muscle, not fat.
  4. Prioritize your muscles. Given your time each week, dedicate more hours to resistance training over cardio. (This is why Jessica’s legs look muscular, not just “thin”)

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Wes Ferguson About Wes Ferguson

Wes Ferguson is a former Senior Editor at Entertainment Tonight and is a certified personal trainer; specializing in his own brand of combination moves that target multiple areas of the body at once for maximum results in minimal time. He has a background in martial arts, gymnastics, yoga and dance, He currently trains in Hollywood and runs a wellness website, wesferguson.com.

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