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Trista on Losing the Weight After Baby, Not All Roses

Trista Sutter, perhaps the only person who's been in a successful relationship after appearing on The Bachelor, has added a new addition to her family. Turns out however, that losing the weight is not as easy as she expected. US Weekly got the scoop from Trista on how the weight loss has been going and while she's not a big Hollywood celebrity, I think it's interesting because she has a real perspective on it all.

Here are highlights:

How are you feeling about your body?
My friend said that when I came home from the hospital, I’d be back in my old jeans. Fifteen pounds did fall off immediately, but the fact that it’s been three months and I’m still not in them is a bummer.

What’s your routine? Five times a week for an hour we do a combination of yoga, Pilates and power-lifting exercises. But I’ve had abdominal pain, so I haven’t been able to do the more aggressive exercises. When I danced for the Miami Heat, a lot of times I led the ab exercises, so the fact that I can’t focus on it when it used to come easy to me is frustrating! Still, I’m getting into the groove. After Max has gone to bed, I do abs at night while I watch TV. I try to do situps for entire commercial breaks.

Is it hard to find the time to work out? That’s the question! If I have a date at the gym with Brock [her trainer], I’ll do it. But if I’m home, I’ll find something else to do, because there are a million things to get done. If I didn’t have a trainer, I’d have a friend call and say, “What’s your workout time today?” and put it in my calendar.

There's more, including what she's been eating, so

What’s your eating plan? I know if I try a crazy crash diet I will rebound from it. Those diets are just not realistic with my lifestyle. I’m trying to keep it a little bit looser, so I don’t burn out, but the main philosophy of my diet is that it’s higher in protein with healthy whole-grain carbs.

Because I’m breastfeeding until Max is 6 months old, it’s just not safe to cut calories, so I’m eating smart: five to six meals a day to keep my metabolism running. Sweets are a huge problem in this house — we love ice cream, especially Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk — but we don’t really drink, so that helps. My father-in-law just said this is a sad time, because we have more healthy food in our refrigerator than beer!

Is it tough to find time to eat healthy? I showed up at the gym one day at 3 p.m., and the only thing I’d eaten all day was a bowl of cereal! Max is my top priority, so when he needs me I’m feeding him or playing with him. Food just doesn’t pop into the picture a lot of the time; I really need to think about that, or I will ruin my metabolism by not eating.

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vanprooyen vanprooyen 9 years
Actually the New York Times (who I trust more than the stupid FDA, which is wrong about diet and fitness on many levels) says that "An easy way to determine your own desirable body weight is to use the following formula: Women: 100 pounds for the first 5 feet of height plus 5 pounds for each additional inch. For a small body frame, 10% should be subtracted. For a large frame, 10% should be added." If she is 5'3" then 115 is desirable for a medium build, but I would say she has a small frame. So, then she should weigh about 105 pounds, which is what she is trying to acheive! I don't think she is so crazy.
surferamy27 surferamy27 9 years
WOW *erinbee* you are sooooooo right on this one. It's very sad that people feel this preasure. She's sexy just being a mom. Chill Out GEESH!! Is she still a Celebrity?
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I don't have a baby, but I know that if I do, I'll probably have some weight to deal with for a while. I hope that I'll be more interested in enjoying my new family than in obsessing about my weight. And don't get me started on the idea that being a size four is too big. Seriously, ladies, we have GOT to stop accepting those sorts of warped ideals. I'm with a lot of you — being her weight and size, especially after having a baby, is nothing to worry about! Also, the minute my husband "shakes his finger at me and says, ‘Uh, uh, uh!’" when I want a snacko is the minute that dude gets to sleep in the bathtub. yargh!
Marci Marci 9 years
I had the same reaction to that article as PeachBellini. It annoyed me totally. She had such a struggle having that baby and now she's obsessing about the weight? She looks great already but it's not good enough. And when the baby goes to sleep she works out instead of spending time with her husband? Okay. AND her husband tells her 'no, no no' if she eats something she shouldn't? If my fiance ever did that to me, I think I'd have to punch him out AND dump him.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
Well, you saw what she looked like before - she was super fit and a cheerleader so I think her definition of what most of us think is acceptable is different. So although I think I would like to be 5'3 and 116, for her it is not where she was it. She does need to realize that sometimes it takes 6 months, maybe a year.
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 9 years
i bumped into trista and ryan at the airport back before her baby, and to tell you the truth, she looked great even then! i do like her better blonde, but that's besides the point. she looked healthy. ryan is too skinny for my liking, unfortch, but i think trista just needs to chill and realize 5'3'' and 115 is just fine.
kellyanne kellyanne 9 years
Ugh, what an annoying article. Who complains about being disgusting as a size 4? Does that mean that I am hideous as an 8? I am so sick of Hollywood body dysmorphia. I am sort of surprised that Fit didn't comment on how silly this article is.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm so afraid about this part of childbirth! I will bust my butt to get that weight off, I know it! And thank God I have good skinny genes! I think Trista can do it!
juju4 juju4 9 years
Ben and Jerry's has stopped making Oatmeal Cookie Chunk (sniffle, sniffle) so that should help her out.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
I would upset with the hubby as well tiff, but maybe Trista has asked him to do that with her? I know friends who have asked me to do that for them when it comes to spending.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I'm pretty sure that she also said that Ryan will shake his finger at her and say "Uh, uh, uh" when she eats something bad. WTF?! I guess it works for them, but I would be furious if my boyfriend did that to me!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I like her diet philosophy a lot, but yeah, judging by her measurements and how much she currently weighs, I think she's perfectly fine, and not just as someone who just had a baby either. By anyone's standards, that's pretty freaking good, even though right now she may not be able to fit in her skinny jeans or do the same ab exercises she used to do.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
She is being unrelistic in wanting to lose weight. she should focus on her child and not size right now.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I'm surprised that this post isn't one of FitSugar's "fitteningly mad" posts. Trista is 5'2" and 116 pounds and she is "definitely not pleased" when she looks in the mirror. Furthermore, she feels "totally disgusted" when she shops for a bathing suit. I'm not sure how Trista is providing some "real perspective" for the rest of us. The only thing this article provides me with is an opportunity to roll my eyes and ponder why she's working with a personal trainer instead of a psychologist.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
106 pounds at 5'3" is a BMI of 18.8- which seems on the really low side of healthy, especially considering that models aren't allowed to walk the catwalk in Madrid with a BMI lower than 18.5- which for a woman her height (and mine, actually) would be 104 pounds. That's only two pounds of difference between "naturally beautiful and thin" and "you're too skinny even for a model". While I can admire her candor and what bravery it must take to announce one's weight loss plans to an entire nation, I have to roll my eyes at her thought that she's overweight in the first place. I'm her exact height, small boned, and my healthy weight is 116. So to have her "disgusted" at the way she looks at that weight... I don't know. Celebrity ideas are so weird.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
I actually understand her unhappiness, some of us moms went through that phase too, wanting the pre-baby body so soon after pregnancy. I was like that. Ahh, vanity. I learned the hard way. It takes LONGER and it's HARDER when you're 'alone' (no personal trainer, no nutritionist, no baby sitter, and a not quite helpful-around the house and baby- spouse), then there's that first few months of breast feeding, definitely can't curb healthy food, I couldn't for the sake of my son too. At least she sounds 'normal' and not doing things unreasonably. :p
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Awwww, good luck to her! What a sweet baby!!!
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Its good to see a regular woman on the front of a magazine talking about how difficult it is to bounce back. She actually looks like she had a baby. I know someone who works in the industry who has told me that most celebrities have plastic surgery right after having kids, then proceed to either starve themselves or ditch the kid with a nanny and spend their days in the gym. Then they go on magazine covers a month after having a baby and are air brushed to perfection. Real women aren't so lucky and we can't expect ourselves to have the same results. I'm glad to see her admit that yes it is difficult, it is going slowly and it is hard work. You can't criticize her for wanting to be thin. She was very small in the first place and all she wants is to go back to her regular size which is what most women aim for.
vivalasvegas vivalasvegas 9 years
You didn't quote her on her more ridiculous statement of how unhappy she is to be 116 lbs (at 5'3'') and how the jeans she can't fit into are size 26. She's looking to drop to 106 lbs. She does seem to be going about things pretty reasonably, but as others have already pointed out, it may be UNreasonable to expect your body to return to exactly what it was pre-baby, especially only 3 months post-partum.
PeachBellini PeachBellini 9 years
I was so annoyed when I read this article. She is 5'2" and weighs 116 lbs and is a size 4 and her attitude makes it sound like that height and weight combo is gross. I'm 5'2" and I currently weight 115 lbs, up about 10 lbs from my college days so I understand where she is coming from about not feeling like yourself when you first gain weight but at 115 I feel like I look pretty good. To do a cover story on how an already skinny woman wants to get even thinner just frusterated me and I'm usually all about reading everything there is to know about weight loss and celeb diets. Imagine people who are really struggling with weight loss and food issues reading that. Someone who is already at a healthy weight should not be plastered across a national magazine saying they need to lose weight.
Rigatoni Rigatoni 9 years
Amen, erinbee- and theres nothing wrong with looking like youve just had a baby when you DID have a baby. There are more important things than getting all of the weight off! This article was really encouraging. Im tired of reading about "healthy" celebrities who spend all day in the gym, dont eat sweets and avoid carbs after 4pm. Its just not practical, and it makes the rest of us feel like crap! Hooray for Trista- for being a real human being- for being healthy but admitting faults, and not going overboard on diet or exercise!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ah yes I heard about this on E!, she's hoping to drop it all by New Years.
erinbee erinbee 9 years
I think it's sad that our society is placing so much pressure on women to immediately lose baby weight. Hello, some women diet and exercise for years and their bodies NEVER bounce back to their pre-baby weight and shape.
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