After two back-to-back pregnancies, Jessica Simpson hasn’t been shy about her weight struggles. “I gained a lot of weight,” she’s said of her first pregnancy. “More than I thought I would. And when it came time to try to take it off, it felt overwhelming.” So now that she’s getting ready for her upcoming wedding and had her second baby last year, she’s been working hard to get to her goal weight. Her secret? Weight Watchers, of course — she’s a spokesperson for the brand — as well as trainer Harley Pasternak. Let Jessica motivate you to get going on your own goals with her inspiring workout selfies and tips from her trainer.
Call a Buddy
What makes working out more fun? Someone to exercise with. Studies have shown that having a motivated workout buddy can help you burn more calories than going it alone.
Don’t Fear Muscles
No, you won’t bulk up, but you can have strong, extremely toned legs like Jessica. Take her trainer Harley’s advice: focus on your legs twice a week by doing different types of lunges as well as squats. In her gym, we also spy kettlebells, which are another great way to build muscle and burn tons of calories — on average, 400 calories in 20 minutes!
Have a Ritual
Jessica takes morning walks with her fiancé, Eric Johnson. Instead of meeting friends and family at a bar, take a walk at a nearby park or around your neighborhood to burn calories while you catch up.
Jessica takes a stroll with daughter Maxwell to fit in a workout. Another of Harley’s tips: invest in a fitness tracker or pedometer, so you make sure you take at least 12,000 steps every day in order to “burn fat all day,” he says.