Laila Ali gave birth to her second child, daughter Sydney, but she’s already working to get her pre-baby body back.
The 33-year-old pro boxer and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is taking it easy though.
“We all want to (get straight back in shape), but you know, it’s a lot of work. I’m nursing so I have to take it slow. But I gained about 45 pounds. I have 20 more to lose,” Ali told RadarOnline.
“I know how to put in the work and eat right being an athlete but I have to have a certain amount of calories, you know, for the baby. Right now I’m trying to find out like what’s the least amount I can have and still feed the baby and still lose weight. So I’m trying to lose 4 pounds a week.”
Four pounds a week will be quite the challenge! I remember when I nursed, I dropped quite a bit of the baby weight at first but then reached a plateau – until I stopped nursing, a year later!
For motivation, Ali has made a public challenge – for herself and others to join.
“I’m doing a public challenge on my Facebook page for anybody. I said I have 25 pounds of baby weight to lose. Who wants to lose weight with me? So I have like 300 people and we’re all, you know, encouraging each other,” Ali said.
So how is Ali planning to lose the remaining 20 pounds? Spinning, running on the treadmill and strength training five days a week, along with eating right.
“I’m cutting out sugar basically, eating a lot of vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, salads and trying to work out at least 45 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes a day.”
Even though Ali is working hard to get her athletic body back, she is enjoying motherhood.
“I’d be dead tired and then this baby starts smiling at me and it just gives me my energy for the day,” Ali said.
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