ICYMI, actress and singer Jessica Simpson is busy AF right now. From releasing her extra-revealing memoir, Open Book, to managing her fashion line to taking care of three adorable kiddos, Simpson’s got quite a lot on her plate. That said, she accomplishes it all while still managing to stay extra-fit and gorgeous as ever. Basically, Simpson is kiiind of killing it. We could all learn a thing or two from her ability to hustle and keep her body and mind heathy in the process. Here are the health tips Simpson lives by that help her stay fit—mentally and physically—amidst all that hustlin’.
Track your steps
Simpson weighed about 240 pounds after giving birth to her third child, Birdie Mae. She wanted to shed some of that baby weight without doing too-intense of training, so she worked up to walking 14,000 steps per day, which helped her return to her normal.
Work with a trainer if you can swing it
Simpson has worked with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak for 12 years. “Beyond proud of this incredible woman,” Pasternak wrote in an Instagram post. “She’s always the most warm, sweet, polite, and respectful person in the world. And on top of it all, after being nonstop pregnant for as long as I can remember, she’s down 100 pounds and looks younger today than she was when we met.” Aww.
Enjoy a well-rounded diet
Treat yourself from time to time
Jessica’s diet is all about #balance, which means it’s fine to have sweets sometimes if she wants to. “If she has a birthday party one night and a date night another night, she’s going to indulge both of those nights, but that’s it,” Pasternak told People. “It’s about balancing in a way that doesn’t make it painful or too much of a departure from your life before that.”
Give yourself rest days
Unplug for better sleep
“Unplugging from technology” for at least an hour every day helped Simpson get the best quality sleep possible, Pasternak told E News. It was little habits like this that made the biggest difference for Simpson in the long run.
Get at least seven hours of sleep
“So many people undervalue the importance of sleep in weight loss and weight management,” explained Pasternak to E News, which is why he encouraged her to get at least seven hours of deep sleep per night.
Meet your body where its at
After having a baby, Jessica’s trainers didn’t want her going too hard right off the bat, which is why she didn’t do any intense workouts until after she got approval from her doctor. “We started with doing a full-body workout, one set of each exercise, not really doing too much intensity per body part and gradually increasing the volume and intensity,” Pasternak told E News.
Send progress reports
Pasternak and Simpson had communication every day throughout her weight loss process, according to Us Weekly. “We had a nightly email [check-in],” he explained, in which Simpson would tell him whether or not she reached her step, food, sleep, and no-phone goals for the day.
Be proud of what your body can do
”She was saying that her body has not belonged to her for the past decade,” Pasternak told People with regard to Simpson’s latest pregnancy. “Not in a bad way, in a positive way—her body has been designated to create life and now it’s hers again and she’s going to make it fantastic in a really enjoyable way.”
Stick to a skincare routine
Let your skin breathe
If you follow Jessica on IG, you’ll know that she’s kind of the queen of no-makeup selfies as of late. Her skin also looks absolutely ageless and glow-y, which is just a testament to the fact that leaving your face free of makeup for extended periods can do wonders.
Avoid alcohol if you can
Simpson has almost completely cut out alcohol from her life, according to Pasternak in an interview with Us Weekly. “She’s not drinking and losing all that weight. That’s for sure,” Pasternak says. “She’s living a healthy, balanced life.”
Remember that confidence comes from within
In her memoir, Simpson revealed she had complications after a second tummy tuck surgery post-pregnancy. From those serious issues, however, she learned a valuable lesson: “I can tell you that plastic surgery does not cure what’s inside,” she said. “Really, it’s about how you feel emotionally, and I was still just as hard on myself once those stitches were out.”
See a therapist if you need to
Simpson talks about her positive experience with therapy in her memoir as well, which she goes to twice per week. “With work, I allowed myself to feel the traumas I’d been through,” she said. “I found direction and that was to walk straight ahead with no fear.”
Know when to ask for help
In her memoir, Simpson said that she gathered a group of her friends at her house and told them about her drinking problem. “I need to stop. Something’s got to stop. And if it’s alcohol that’s doing this and making things worse, then I quit,” she remembered saying to them. It was after this confession that she got the help she needed.
Don’t take your body too seriously
In an Instagram post, a pregnant Simpson shared a picture of herself after she literally broke the toilet seat cover from leaning back while doing her, ahem, business. “Warning,” she wrote. “Don’t lean back on the toilet when pregnant.” Noted, lol.
Be patient with your pregnancies
Simpson had lots of issues during her pregnancy with her third child, Birdie Mae. She didn’t just get suuuper swollen feet, but she also got bronchitis four times in just two months of her pregnancy, she wrote in an Instagram post.
Don’t be afraid to try different (but safe!) health hacks
Target different parts of your body
Pasternak had Simpson targeting areas on certain days of the week, and the workouts included “resistance exercise, a circuit of a few different body parts per day,” he told Good Morning America. “We’d pick different body parts each of the three or four workouts a week.”
Keep a journal
In an interview with Glamour, Simpson noted that she’s kept journals since she was just 15 years old. When going through her old ones for the memoir she was able to see her past more clearly.
Drink lots of water
“Hydration is a secret weapon for weight loss,” Liz Josefsberg, Simpson’s former dietitian, told Hollywood Life. “Much of the overeating we do is mistaking thirst for hunger.”
Make healthy versions of your favorite foods
“We did not diet in a tasteless, extreme, radical way,” said Pasternak to GMA. “[Simpson] loves Tex-Mex flavors so she had a lot of healthy versions of Tex-Mex foods.”
Block out the body-shamers
Bring your family along for motivation
Simpson often brought her family along during her postpartum walks. “She likes walking in her neighborhood, and people often see her doing that,” a source said to People. “She goes for walks with her kids and her [fiancé].”
Skip the scale
“I never work with scales,” says Pasternak about Simpson’s workout regimen to People. “My work with her is more about the habits she’s created and kept up.”
Take up swimming
Like most big-time celebs, Jessica’s got a pool at her house. She posts all kinds of pics swimming alone and with her kiddos, which is a great way to burn some cals while also cooling off.
Snack when you need a snack
Part of Pasterak’s Body Reset Diet plan includes snacking every day. So yeah, you’ve got full permission to not skimp out on that apple with peanut butter you’ve been eyeing all day long.
Splurge on the wellness gear you love
Surround yourself with people who build you up
When asked about her relationship with her husband, Eric Johnson, Jessica told InStyle the following: “He’s always loved every curve on my body,” she said. “And we’ve always had a healthy sex life.”
She takes good care of her hair
Know when to say ‘no’
If you’re feeling down, write it out
Let your partner motivate you
Simpson told Entertainment Tonight that her husband keeps her motivated to stay healthy. “He’s always throwing around the kids, and he’s just an amazing father, it makes me want to stay young,” Simpson shared. “Like how can you be so active? I mean watching the kids running makes me exhausted.”
Try making smoothies
Set time aside for you
For Simpson, Me time comes in the form of doing her makeup. “I always like set time aside to, you know, love on myself for a little bit,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I feel like as women we all need that, every day. Like, kind of a little pep talk in front of the mirror with some contour.”
Use working out as a tool to reduce anxiety
Simpson revealed that she now uses exercise as a means to cope with stress. “When I work out, a lot of it is to release anxiety—that’s one of my tools for sobriety,” she told People.
“I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” wrote Simpson in her memoir. When struggling with something mental health-related, Simpson urges readers not to make her same mistake of self-medication and instead seek the help of a doctor.
Accept who you are, no matter what
“Housewife of the year looks a little different these days,” wrote Simpson in a recent Instagram post that referenced an old Rolling Stone cover. (Celebs, they’re just like us!)
Madeline Howard is a New York-based writer with a love for all beauty, sex and book-related content.
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