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Julia Roberts Knows the Importance of Good Genes

After giving birth to her third child, Julia Roberts, has been working out to get back into shape. She does want you to know, however, that you shouldn't believe all the hype about celebs getting back into shape after having children. She said:

"I have been working out, but listen, it is 97 percent genetics. Don't let anybody tell you any crap about anything else, because that's what it is: 97 percent genetics and 3 percent just get your ass moving. Because I've never met a cookie I didn't like."

Got to love Julia's sense of humor and realistic approach to losing weight. I am not sure about the facts behind her 97% to 3% ratio, so don't feel totally hopeless. If you're looking to lose a little post pregnancy weight, slow and steady (along with healthy eating and exercise) wins the race. Besides, while she remains one of my all-time favorite celebrities, 97% of all my genes don't contain those would make me look like, well, Julia Roberts.

For anyone looking to up her own chances of staying fit pre/post pregnancy, be sure to check out Gabby Reece's moves to keep fit while pregnant.

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PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I think she is just trying to say, yes, she is working hard and many people do...but ultimately you don't get to dictate to your body how it changes or what shape it's going to go. There is only so much you can do. The numbers are just a slightly sarcastic way of saying that too.
tyra tyra 8 years
THANKS, ella bella..but i am really trying to avoid diabtes, cuz that seems like a pain in the butt! it hard becuase i have such a big tooth :)
Kelly-O Kelly-O 8 years
I think the point she's trying to make is that it's not the way some celebrities try to play it off. "Oh, I just eat like everyone else does" or "I do a little extra cardio." Or the ones who hire trainers and personal chefs and spend hours in the gym in an effort to maintain the "perfect" size 4. I hate to break it to some of y'all, but there are things you're genetically predisposed to. I'm working with my doctor now to try and avoid Type 2 diabetes and cholesterol problems. Yes, I need to lose some weight too, but I tried blowing off the potential for a long time, and now at almost 30, I realize they weren't lying to me when I was 21 and being warned to be careful about certain things. Not that "oh it's genetics" is an excuse for anything, but it does affect your health in a lot of ways. No reason to get angry about it, but you do choose how you react to it.
nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
Well Julia Roberts obviously has some good genes, and I think some good sense. But it is nice to hear a celebrity be honest about weight loss and shape. I love that she's not trying to make normal women feel bad for not bouncing back into shape and looking like covergirls weeks after giving birth like some of the other celeb moms. Healthy lifestyle is still a huge part of it though. Good genes will only carry you so far if you don't take care of what you've been given.
syako syako 8 years
almostloli - nicole rithchie starved herself and did cocaine - it wasn't genetics.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Hahaha oh so true...mmmm cookies...my weakness!!! 3 kids! Wow, a Supermom!!!
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
I wouldn't go as far as to say 97% genetics (possibly 97% get moving, 3% genetics), but I think she was just exaggerating to prove a point. I like her outlook.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
its more to 70 - 30 % LOOK AT NICOLE RICHIEEEEEEE!!! :o :o :o :o
EllaBella EllaBella 8 years
Tyra forget that 97% ! That is just a number Julia Roberts got out of the blue. I mean all celebs want you to believe it's natural, it's genetics, oh I am struggling to put on weight blah blah... But the truth is that most of them are workimg like hell to get their bodies and some of them even go to the step of throwing up and/or taking drugs to stay thin... I have a friend who really overweight and everybody in her family was either overweight or obese, especially the women. For years she was saying it was genetics, everybody in my family is overweight blahblah. For 2 years ago she stopped talking sh*t, started to exercise and eat decent healthy meals, guess what, she dropped like more than 80lbs/40kg and is now in the best shape of her life and has been maintaining her weight down. And a year ago her mother started the same program and she is shedding the pounds too. So was it genetics? No! The downright truth was they were eating too much and had a very passive lifestyle, not exercising. That is the reason why most people are overweight. Slow metabolism and other conditions can make you put on weight but they are far from being the classical reason. And genetics? It nearly doesn't count!
tyra tyra 8 years
i really don't want to hear that...BECAUSE MY FAMILY HAS A HISTORY OF DIABTES, HIGH CHOLESTROL, HIGH BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL AND ALSO ARTHITIS,,,ALL OF THIS FROM MY MOM AND DAD.. plus the weight is also a worry for me because my mom has big tummy, which also puts you in a high risk for a heart attack, THE SCARY THING IS I HAVE LOST WEIGHT BUT BARELY ANY FROM MY STOMACH, ALSO MY SISTER LOST A SCARY AMOUNT OF WEIGHT AND HER STOMACH IS STILL THE BIGGER SIZE OF HER WHOLE BODY... SO YES IT MIGHT BE GENETICS, BUT I AM DEFFINTAILY NOT GOING TO SIT AROUND ON A MAY BE...I AM WORKING MY ASS OFF NOT TO END UP LIKE MY MOM, AND TO HEAR THAT IT IS 97% GENETICS , THATS HEART BREAKING.
EllaBella EllaBella 8 years
That is NOT true! Genetics plays a role yes but not that big. Saying "everybody in my family is big" for example is just a bad excuse for not starting to eat and exercise better... Whatever your "genetic body type" is, whether thin or big, it will only get better if you exercise and eat healthily. It so crap to say What Julia Roberts says. And I mean ALL those celebrities must have said once "it's genetics" or "i can't put on weight"!!! The truth is thay have a lot of help through personal trainers, chefs and coach in the best cases, and/or they throw up their food in the worst cases...
emalove emalove 8 years
I feel like she's right, a lot of it just comes down to genetics. If that's the case, then I should be okay...the women in my family are all naturally thin and don't seem to have a problem taking the weight off after pregancy. I haven't had children yet, but I'm hoping the same will be true for me.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't know if it's necessarily 97% genetics, but it does have an effect. My husband never moves his butt and eats pizza and beer nonstop, yet he isn't as fat as his friend who runs every day and eats better. I think I may have gotten around the genetics thing...my family is all obese and I manage to stay in shape by exercising and eating right. Some people just have to work a little harder than others, I guess :P
nikecold nikecold 8 years
Hey at least she was honest. And that IS true, I can't even begin to think what will happen to me when I have children because I'm already pear shaped as it is, and my poor mother got her whole body destroyed when I was born.
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