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Debra Messing Took the Pressure Off and Lost Weight

Debra Messing looks absolutely vibrant on the cover of Shape's January issue, and why shouldn't she have that radiant smile? The actress's outlook on life is positive and she hopes that 2009 will be her healthiest year yet, and it seems this beautiful redhead is more than capable of accomplishing her personal goals. I've always been a fan of the funny actress, but developed a new sense of appreciation for Debra after learning her attitude toward the opinion of others.

Regarding her post-pregnancy weight, she told Shape, "It was written about in the tabloids a lot. On one page it showed all the actresses who got skinny in six weeks or less, and on the other page was me!" This external criticism didn't get her too down though, and after briefly working out with a trainer she realized that she needed to figure out a routine that fit her lifestyle, not the expectations of others.

To see how she lost the 42 pounds she gained during her pregnancy,


Debra said, "[The personal trainer] helped me drop the first few pounds, but I was exhausted! I couldn't work out three hours a day and do my job as a mother and an actress. So I took the pressure off: I cut back on seeing the trainer but started eating healthier. Ultimately I'm very proud of how I dropped the weight because I think it was the healthy approach. I've finally taken ownership of my body."

Nice to hear that not every Hollywood mama loses her baby weight before her baby begins to teethe!

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mtiger mtiger 8 years
She looks great. Good for her!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I am horrified by the way the tabloids treat women following the births of their children. It's insidious to think the speed in how quickly they lose baby weight is more important than their health and their time to bond with their children.
photodee photodee 8 years
i <3 Debra! More power to the mommies!
gemini7827 gemini7827 8 years
Love Debra Messing! She looks great. Can't wait to get my issue in the mail :)
nancita nancita 8 years
Working out three hours a day?! It's nice to have a reminder of how celebs really drop the baby weight so fast
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
Her hair looks amazing as well as her body. I always liked her.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
I'm glad she has a healthy attitude now, she didn't use to. In the early days of Will & Grace she said to a magazine that she decided to drop weight (to become a 0, I believe) because "the clothes looked better." She did fight to not use chicken cutlets in her bra on the show though! That made me happy.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
She looks great!
honeyhoney77 honeyhoney77 8 years
Aww Debra! I really like her. It's nice to hear of someone in Hollywood that doesn't slim down post baby's encouraging!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
At first I was a little confused because she's always been super thin, but then I remembered she was pregnant.
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