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Reality Check: Ashlee Simpson Thanks Her Youth and Genes

From breastfeeding to boot camp, celebrities have countless ways of quickly shedding their baby weight — some of them more believable than others. But Ashlee Simpson-Wentz is refreshingly honest about her method, which isn't as easy to imitate.

Simpson told Celebrity Baby Blog that she credits her youth and genes with her ability to slim down after having Bronx, who is now eight months old. Though she exercised, she confesses that getting back in shape didn't require much effort:

"After I had Bronx I lucked out," she admits. "I mean, I’m 24 years old, [I have] the genes from my mother and I did work out for three months."

As many of us know, age can be a big factor when it comes to gaining and easily losing weight. I've often secretly rolled my eyes when the media marvels at how quickly young starlets like Simpson and Jessica Alba get their bodies back after baby. Do you think that age and genetics are a major factor in someone's ability to lose weight?

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inlove23 inlove23 7 years
to caty1221: don't forget the personal nanny!! I heard Jennifer Hudson talk about how great her nanny is, I was like seriously? Of course it's going to be easier to loose weight when you have someone doing all the dirty work.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Whatever. I think it's weird how models like Gisele boast about how they were back in pre-pregnancy pants the day OF the birth. Like my mom said, you put on 30+ in 9 months you can't expect it to vanish in a few days.
princessya princessya 8 years
I think your diet and exercise routines DURING pregnancy help towards the weight loss afterwards. I was an unhealthy 164 lbs pre-pregnancy, but hopped onto a great dieting plan (fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat, protein, etc...) and did lots of walking and pre-natal yoga and now, after giving birth to my baby am 125 lbs. I still have flab from my tummy stretching, but going from a 12 to a 2 is definitely possible. So, in my opinion it's not so much to deal with your age and genes as much as it has to deal with your habits.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
An older mother -- I love you!!!! I'm 35 and about to have my first child (due Sept 12). Thank you for sharing some GOOD news instead of bad. I think genes has a ton to do with it. As does your fitness level/ eating habits before you got pregnant
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Can some women lose all of the weight by bf-ing? absolutely ! Asche is absolutely right though --- many celebs credit "good genes" and "yoga" to losing ridiculous amounts of weight after baby.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
is that her old nose in that picture?
arianamarie arianamarie 8 years
i do believe it's genes, some people just have the ability to go back to per-baby weight...i hope i do!
Asche Asche 8 years
Smacks83: When someone like Ashlee Simpson, who, when you look at old photos, is clearly not naturally that small, this b*s just gets old. She has battled eating disorders before, and she seems to have lost too much weight too fast. My point is that I am just over hearing these lies. The lengths that new mothers in Hollywood go to to get thin are just sick (and do nothing but make the rest of us feel insecure). Multi-week hospital stays for an I.V. drip diet (which, actually, Ashlee Simpson was rumored to have completed) and Lap Bands to lose that last ten pounds (Debra Messing according to Lainey)? It's just so sick! Anyway, obviously gossip isn't always true, but in my experience, where there is smoke there is fire.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Ok, so when celebs make fake comments about losing weight ("I just breastfed!" "I just do yoga!") people attack them as being fake. Now we have a celeb-mom who is being truthful in saying sometimes it really just good genes, people still attack. Honestly, there is no right answer is there?
skinnypig skinnypig 8 years
Hold up. This is coming from someone who has been documented as having anorexia - twice - and someone who has had a nose job? Genes ain't got nothing to do with whatever you are now, honey.
Asche Asche 8 years
Age and genetics def. do play a role, but I also think your health and workout regiment pre-baby are big factors as well. In Ashlee's case, I think it's all three, plus maybe more. I don't know what she was doing to herself, but I felt like she dropped her baby weight too fast and was looking quite gaunt.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
I just hate how the celebrities have to starve themselves and do other unhealthy things to look so emaciated, and then shrug and say some transparent explanation for the weight loss. She's way too thin now and back in the day, I used to like her for the very fact that she wasn't rail thin. Being friends with Shanae Grimes won't really help her either, because I've read a lot of things about her having a less than stellar outlook on food as well.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
Look, I was 27 when I had my first daughter and 30 with my second. I gained 30 pounds each time. And both times I had lost all the baby weight plus 10 pounds in a week. And I did NOTHING, not even breast feeding. However, the tone is not there, I have what I lovingly (?) call the "hangy thing" this flap of floppy skin on my lower abdomen. But I wasn't in great shape before I had my daughters, if I had been, this weird belly might have shaped up instead!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I don't really buy this from her either. Based on the way she dressed and her body language, she seemed super self-concious of her body for the first few months after she had her baby. Then, when the weight did finally drop off, she was everywhere in these tiny dresses. Based on her history (which the Anon poster outlined), I'm willing to bet she stressed a lot about getting that body back.
dani17731 dani17731 8 years
And they're sisters. Their dad is super skinny, but their mom, which is my mom's sister, is a little over weight. I don't know if age played more of a role than genetics.
dani17731 dani17731 8 years
From what I've seen, yes. Two of my cousins had a child young (one at 17 and one at 22) and they both got back into shape very quickly. The one who had a baby at 17 gained a lot of weight but lost it very quickly. The baby was born in December and she was slim and trim in her prom dress in May. The 22 y.o. was all stomach and was back to her normal size in about 3 months.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Genes? Maybe not. Age, quite possibly. Your body just doesn't behave the same way at 40 as it does at 20 -- no matter how you slice it. There will always be some form of difference, some metabolism slowing, etc. However, the weight you gain is a huge factor in losing your baby weight. My mom gained 25 lbs with me, and didn't even have to wear maternity clothes, obviously. As soon as I was born, boom, back to her normal weight (just with huge boobs). So, she was skinny, gained a ton of weight with my brother and has never been the same. She had me a few days after turning 26, and my brother when she was about 27. The big difference wasn't age, but how she treated her body. Pizza, junk food, tons of bagels, tons of ice cream -- and she was pretty big with my brother. My mom puked at the sight of huge meals and any candy or other junk food -- so it was all healthy. Genes and age are a factor in some things. I just don't think it's a huge factor in losing your baby weight.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Sunbelle I agree. For most people weight loss takes a ton of effort and hard work and it can be so discouraging to hear thin celebs claim to do nothing and look that way.
caty1221 caty1221 8 years
yeah and a personal trainer and chef probably helped.
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