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Jessica “I’ll Starve Off the Baby Weight” Alba: Every Pregnant Woman’s Role Model

By Meredith Carroll |

Jessica Alba

With a little luck and starvation, maybe she'll lose a few inches off the top of her hair, too (it's looking kind of big, no?)

Attention pregnant women: Look no further for miracle solutions on how to lose the baby weight after giving birth. Forget what you heard about the calories you will burn breastfeeding. Never mind what you read about eating right and exercising regularly

C-list Hollywood actress Jessica Alba has the solution to that unwanted baby fat: starvation.

That’s right, the Spy Kids 4 (straight to video?) star has announced her intention to starve herself in order to get in shape after her second child is born this month.

And with her announcement, no doubt countless pregnant women are breathing a sigh of relief — someone has come up with a reasonable and effective way to take care of the most pressing postpartum issue: a mom’s reflection in the mirror (forget about the baby – let dad or the hired help take care of him or her if you’re too weak to, like, hold or cuddle it). Thanks for your bravery in speaking up about a previously taboo topic, Jessica Alba!

“I have a hard time with portion control, so I have 1,200 calorie meals delivered,” she says in the September issue of Lucky. “But I also work out, so basically I’m starving. It sucks. I drink a lot of water.”

Even better, Alba admits she’s not gym obsessed.

“In the gym, I have like five things to distract me: TV, iPod, magazines. Working partners are good, too, so you can chat and not just drown in your own misery,” Alba says. “Sorry, does that sound bad? I just hate working out.”

Alba, like so many other working moms, is career-oriented, which is probably why she’ll need to focus on her outer appearance, and not her actual health and how that will affect her children presently or in the future. But don’t mistake her for being shortsighted.

“I’ve kept my future in mind,” she said. “I wasn’t going to be a flash in the pan. I want my career to last a long time.”

Starvation – yes. Eating and exercise – no. Setting a good example for your impressionable kids? – hell no. Got that?

Will you try the Jessica Alba diet to shed your baby weight? And will you actually tell people about it if you do?

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Jessica “I’ll Starve Off the Baby Weight” Alba: Every Pregnant Woman’s Role Model

  1. Stacia says:

    Each of her meals is 1200 calories?? That’s crazy!!! She’s eating easily twice as much as she needs to pregnant, I wouldn’t call that starving. And even hating to work out, she’s probably active enough to be perfectly healthy now. And even after baby is born. Still don’t see the starving part…

  2. Stacia says:

    (Twice as much as needed- approximately 1800 calories is recommended for pregnant moms, dependent on needs of course…1200 x 3 = 3600, 3600/2 = 1800)

  3. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Stacia — Her TOTAL calorie intake PER DAY is 1,200 calories on those meal delivery things.

  4. Voice Of Reason says:

    There’s some confusion here.

    Jessica Alba claims each of her *meals* is 1200 calories so, assuming she eats three meals per day (and who knows if we can assume that, given that she’s in Hollywood), Stacia would be correct in assuming that she’s consuming 3600 calories per day.

    If Jessica Alba is trying to say that she has meals *totalling* 1200 calories per day, well then that’s different… there’s no way anyone (particularly a pregnant woman) should be eating half of that!

    Either way, there are some disturbing ideas about normal eating and exercising patterns in this interview.

  5. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Voice of Reason — Believe me, she’s talking about her total calories for the day. She’s not eating 1,200 calories per meal. Look into any of those meal delivery services.

  6. Stacia says:

    Okay..then that is crazy for her. I, actually, fight for 1200-1500 calories – weight loss surgery restricts what and how much I can eat- I feel like I graze constantly to get those calories- and I have gained what was recommended based on my weight/height and general healthy. No more, no less… Thanks for the response Meredith!!

  7. Meagan H says:

    At least shes being honest and not selling the usual bullshit about breastfeeding keeping her in shape.. If she lied there would be a dozen articles about how “shes setting an unrealistic example for other women” she damned if she does damned if she doesn’t, at least this way you can applaud her honesty. When the world stops valuing women based on their weight we can complain about about actresses starving themselves until then Jessica Alba has mutli-million dollar contract on the line and she is the primary breadwinner for her family.

  8. Bunnytwenty says:

    Yeah, this is what she has to do to keep her job – that’s the problem, not her behavior. At least she’s being honest about what it takes to look like a Hollywood actress instead of pretending that it’s easy or fun.

  9. Laura says:

    At least she’s being honest about it! Being a size zero takes eating 1200 calories (a DAY, obviously) and working out for hours a day. So many actresses lie and say they’re just naturally thin and can eat whatever they want, making normal women feel bad for even their healthy habits not making them a size zero. It’s also nice to hear an actress admit she hates working out! But she has to do it to keep her job in Hollywood. God forbid they ever cast someone with a normal, average figure as anything other than the ‘fat friend.’ Hate the game, not the player!

  10. MsFortune says:

    If you want to lose weight, you need to cut calories. You want to lose more weight, you need to cut more calories.

    I don’t understand why this is so shocking.

  11. Erma says:

    @Laura Starving yourself after pregnancy is just plain stupid, completely unhealthy. But.. It it not always true that you must starve yourself or work out like crazy to be a size zero. SOME people ARE naturally thin. I myself am a healthy size zero, 95 lbs before pregnancy. I eat a lot! Like a teenage boy sometimes. I’ve never been to a gym, never have “worked out”.

    It seems to be an accepted thing to be judgmental towards the “skinny” woman. Somehow it is perceived that she is more self-centered than her average weight or overweight peers. We all deserve a place and respect. Some people ARE naturally thin just as some are naturally curvy. I grow really tired of explaining that I am a normal woman, as here in the USA, normal is not small.

    However, I too get annoyed at the lack of diversity in Hollywood movies. My friends are different sizes but everyone on TV and movies is pretty much the same.

  12. jennifer says:

    I love Jessica Alba and I think your post trying to say how she is a c list actress is rather annoying! She is just being honest. I live in LA and she is just like everyone else here. Its just the way it is. She says it sucks and yea it sure does having to be so anal about limiting calories/exercise. But the results are worth it for her, and her career demands it. Don’t hate on her for it.

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