A personal trainer who got her pre-baby body back in just two weeks is revealing her top tips and tricks for postpartum weight loss while claiming that all mothers are capable of achieving the same astonishing transformation after giving birth.
Fitness fanatic Nancy Anderson, 32, who was responsible for helping Real Housewives of Orange Country star Meghan King Edmonds shrink into shape post-pregnancy, has devised a specific diet and fitness plan for pregnant women and new mothers.
Currently nine months pregnant with her second child, Nancy still works out up to five times a week, for 60 minutes at a time, and tells DailyMail.com that she did this throughout her first pregnancy too.
Before and after: Celebrity fitness trainer Nancy Anderson (pictured left at nine-months pregnant) regained her pre-baby body just two weeks after the birth of her first child (right)
What a drag: The 32-year-old fitness fanatic loves using weights during her pregnancy workouts, and encourages other expectant mothers to do the same
Bootcamp babes: Nancy (pictured left) works as a personal trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp and has continued to do so throughout her pregnancy
The soon-to-be mother-of-two is a firm believer that all new moms can transform their flab to abs if they put their minds to it.
Having gained only 25 pounds when pregnant with her son, she was left with just five pounds to go to reach her pre-baby weight within two weeks of giving birth to Kenzie, now four.
And while most women view pregnancy as a time when they can let their usual diet and fitness routines slide, Nancy advocates that pregnancy doesn’t – and shouldn’t -have to mean scaling back your normal regime.
‘It’s not necessary for a healthy normal pregnant woman to scale her output level. It is not dangerous for baby, but actually beneficial for Mom and baby to workout at moderate to vigorous levels throughout the whole pregnancy,’ she told DailyMail.com.
Although she does admit that most pregnant women will have to ‘scale back in some way, maybe by lowering the weights she is using, taking out exercises that cause her discomfort, or lowering the speeds she is running at in exchange for adding some incline, just to name a few’ to ‘accommodate the growing baby who may start crowding her pelvic area and/or diaphragm’.
And when it comes to diet, Nancy certainly doesn’t advocate ‘eating for two’, sharing that controlling weight during pregnancy is essential if women don’t want to gain a lot of weight.
Squat goals: The petite redhead loves lifting weights and says that it is perfectly healthy for expectant mothers to continue with this kind of gym routine during pregnancy
Hot mama: Nancy put on just 25 pounds during her first pregnancy, and quickly regained her impressive abs after giving birth to son Kenzie, now aged four
Mini me: Nancy gets her son involved in her workouts too, and ensures that her entire family remains active
Spot the difference: Nancy’s post-baby abs (right) are as impressive as her pre-baby efforts (left) and she uses this to show others that regaining their physiques after birth is possible
She credits the pregnancy nutrition program she has devised along with a gluten and dairy free diet with helping her keep weight gain to a minimum during both pregnancies.
Her main advice for mamas-to-be struggling with cravings? ‘Get rid of extra carbs and sugar,’ she says.
‘Pregnancy cravings are usually unhealthy food cravings and isn’t always your body’s way of telling you that you ‘need’ something that you may be lacking. For example, if your body is craving a steak, then maybe there is something to that. Maybe you need the iron or protein. If you’re craving something like Cheetos or gummy bears though? Maybe not so much.’
Instead she says you have to know when to listen to your cravings and when to ignore them. ‘Even pregnant, I recommend my clients eat on a 80/20 rule,’ the lithe redhead reveals. ‘80 per cent of the time you’re making healthy choices and 20 per cent of the time you can treat yourself.
‘During the 80 per cent of the time, my advice is to eat real whole foods, get rid of most of the processed foods in your diet. Pick colorful fruits and vegetables, lots of healthy fats, lean proteins and healthy carbs like potatoes, quinoa and brown rice.’
And she also suggests drinking between three and four liters of water every day: ‘Every single time I drop my urine sample at my OBGYN’s office, almost all of the other samples in the window are so terribly dehydrated. Baby needs lots of water and so do you, so drink up.’
After giving birth to Kenzie, Nancy followed her 30 Day Slim Down plan , a fat-burning meal plan that lays out your exact breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack and dinner.
It claims to reset your metabolism, balance hormones and insulin levels, without restricting carbs and helped her regain her abs of steel within six months of giving birth.
Family time: Nancy fits in her workouts around her busy family life
Whipped: The California native loves mixing up her workouts and uses a variety of props
Planning ahead: Nancy has devised her own pregnancy nutrition program
Real housewives: Nancy helped Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds (right) to get in shape after giving birth
And one woman who can vouch for Nancy’s method is Real Housewives of Orange County star, Meghan King Edmonds.
The 33-year-old reality star took to Instagram to credit Nancy’s program with helping her snap back into shape after the birth of her daughter Aspen, posing alongside the personal trainers.
‘A lot of people have asked me how I got my body back after having Aspen – well this is it: combined with breastfeeding, it was also important for me to consult someone who not only talks the talk, but walks the walks,’ she wrote.
‘She’s a trainer and nutritionist (and fellow Mama!) who specializes in designing effective nutrition and workout programs for women (like me!) I know from experience’.
The fitness fanatic who is a trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp in Irvine, CA, says she was inspired to create a pregnancy program over a decade ago when her clients started getting pregnant.
‘I studied pre and post natal exercise in my Master’s program and I found it the research about the power of fitness during pregnancy fascinating. I became consumed with learning it and implementing it with my clients’ pregnancy journeys as well as my own,’ she says.