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How Bethenny Frankel Lost Baby Weight in Three Weeks

Three Weeks After Birth of Bryn, Bethenny Frankel Has a Waist

New momma Bethenny Frankel has always taken care of her body through diet and exercise, so it's no surprise that she's already lost 29 of the 35 pounds she gained while pregnant. Just three weeks after an early C-section delivery of her baby girl Bryn on May 8, she's sporting a size 4 bathing suit.

Bethenny tells Us Weekly, "I don't believe in diets," and has naturally lost the weight by walking 30 minutes a day. While most doctors recommend waiting six to eight weeks before returning to moderate exercise, gentle walking encourages healing and helps prevent complications such as blood clots. Eating a low-fat diet was also key in dropping the baby weight. A typical day of eating for Bethenny includes: muffin and fruit for breakfast, a veggie sandwich and soup at lunch, and BBQ chicken and half a sweet potato for dinner.

The 39-year-old Housewife of NYC stayed active throughout her entire pregnancy, alternating between yoga and 45-minute walks three times a week. Portion control also played a huge role and her healthy vegetarian diet. Although the private chef and author of Naturally Thin and The Skinnygirl Dish has said goodbye to most of her baby weight, she says, "I'm still wearing maternity clothes because they're comfortable."

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SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 5 years
I agree Crystal... people on here are absolutely ridiculous. Bethanny is a smart, sensible woman who's ALWAYS desperately wanted a baby (yes, I watch the show). Plus she's 39 years old, and I'm sure she knows what kind of danger the pregnancy is already under. Do you idiots really believe everything you read? How do we KNOW it was elective surgery? In every single interview I've seen Bethenny do, she's proudly proclaimed the baby was due in the first week of June. Who would actually go into 30 hours of labor for a C-section?And about losing the baby weight, she's always been extremely healthy and active, so I'm sure it wasn't hard to lose once the baby came. Man, uninformed jealousy really gets to me.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 5 years
I agree Crystal... people on here are absolutely ridiculous. Bethanny is a smart, sensible woman who's ALWAYS desperately wanted a baby (yes, I watch the show). Plus she's 39 years old, and I'm sure she knows what kind of danger the pregnancy is already under. Do you idiots really believe everything you read? How do we KNOW it was elective surgery? In every single interview I've seen Bethenny do, she's proudly proclaimed the baby was due in the first week of June. Who would actually go into 30 hours of labor for a C-section? And about losing the baby weight, she's always been extremely healthy and active, so I'm sure it wasn't hard to lose once the baby came. Man, uninformed jealousy really gets to me.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Her c-section was not elective, her water broke while at home and the baby was coming. I also don't think her weight loss was too sudden. Crystal is right, if you take care of yourself during pregnancy, there shouldn't be a heck of a lot of weight to really lose and it should come off quick. Not everyone bounces back this fast, but just because a woman does, doesn't mean she starves (or starved) herself. My sister was back in her size 2 pants a few weeks after having her daughter.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 5 years
I always love seeing the jealousy and criticism that comes after an article about a woman losing pregnancy weight quickly. If you take care of yourself during and after pregnancy it's not difficult to get back to your pre pregnancy weight. I gained a little under 20 pounds and was back in my pre pregnancy clothes within 3 weeks. My son was over 8 pds and we were both incredibly healthy. It is very possible to do without crash dieting. It's also ridiculous to assume she endangered her child to stay thin. There is no evidence of that and it is an awful assumption to make about a mother.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I didn't know she had an elective C-section. That's probably why her baby was so small--when they do the elective C-section, many women get them done when they're only 8 months pregnant to minimize stretch marks and make the procedure easier. To me, it's insanely selfish to subject your baby to that much stress.
KMattes KMattes 5 years
I would give her the benefit of the doubt about losing the weight, but was it really necessary to pose in a bathing suit for US magazine when she has a 4 pound, 3 week old baby at home??
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Anon 20 - Wow, because c-sections are caused by vegetarian diets. Thanks for the laugh.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
It's the wording "her healthy vegetarian diet" rather than "a healthy vegetarian diet" that makes it sound like she ate chicken while claiming to be a vegetarian. Another article has the wording different, saying she maintained a vegetarian diet during the pregnancy (doesn't say after). UsMagazine is where I read that. When you say "her" diet it sounds long term because vegetarianism is a lifestyle, not a short term weight loss plan.
deanna024 deanna024 5 years
Thanks, Bethenny, for setting another impossible standard for us real women to be judged by.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 5 years
She also had an extremely small baby - only 4 pounds, 12 ounces. Obviously I have no idea what the surrounding circumstances were, but given her public statements in the past, I really really don't think she is a good example of sensible pre- and post-natal nutrition.
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
I just don't get all these celeb women (and other women too, I suppose) who have elective C-sections. This is not how your body is meant to give birth. It's abdominal surgery people! Your stomach will never be the same. I would totally believe though that she had a tummy tuck at the same time - the recovery time would be the same and no one would be the wiser.
outstripped outstripped 5 years
Have you read her book? There is NFW she eats that much in a day. She has really dysfunctional eating habits and obsesses about every bite she puts in her mouth.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Vegetarian fail. I don't see how that mistake wasn't caught.
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