Mariah Carey has lost her pregnancy weight, dropping about 30 pounds thanks to Jenny Craig (the weight loss program formerly known as Jenny Craig), according to news reports announcing that she’ll also be the company’s new celebrity spokeswoman. She’s publicly struggled with her weight in recent years, reportedly trying crash diets like the Master Cleanse that have set her the yo-yo track. But she says thanks to “Jenny,” as the company’s now calling itself, she feels better than ever, despite her tough pregnancy with twins Monroe and Moroccan.
Carey has been opening up about her weight loss and pregnancy this week in hopes of inspiring other women who are struggling with their weight:
“I gained an enormous amount of weight,” Carey told US Weekly in the magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands today. Apart from weight gain, Carey also suffered gestational diabetes and preeclampsia throughout her troubled pregnancy.
“People don’t want to hear you complain,” Carey says. “(Pregnancy), it’s a blessing — they want to hear that. And it is a blessing — I got doubly blessed — but with twins, they wreak havoc on your body.”
“Physically, putting on all that weight for me was so difficult and so dehabilitating,” Carey says.”I mean, for people who have struggled with this their whole lives, I feel for them so much more now just as a human being, that I want to do something that helps.”
Carey says she lost the weight in three months by sticking to a 1,500-calorie-per-day diet (which may be too little for many nursing moms) and working out three times per week.
I’m not sure that I buy her ability to understand every woman’s lifelong struggle with weight, but at least her post-baby weight loss methods set a more realistic example than chalking it up to yoga or rapid weight loss by astrology.