Mariah Carey is the latest glowing face of excellent, healthy, not-bad, very good weight loss. Six months ago she gave birth to twins, and since July, she's lost 30 pounds. She says she did it eating 1,500 calories a day and exercising three times a week. No insane numbers here. She's slim, but not were-you-ever-even-pregnant Miranda Kerr skinny. As a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, Mariah makes the weight-management program look good.
BUT WILL SHE KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF? Dun dun dun! Recall that fictional letter Kirstie Alley "wrote" to Carrie Fisher a while back. "Turns out, those little teeny-weeny meals Jenny is supplying you with now will eventually slow down your metabolism." Okay, Kirstie didn't actually say that, but we're all haunted by the memories of Kirstie's post-Jenny Craig weight gain.
Yikes. Back to Mariah: She lost 30 pounds in 3 months, which sounds like a reasonable pace -- presumably she lost around 10 pounds a month. (She lost a lot of water weight before she started with Jenny Craig.) That's still a little fast -- doctors recommend 1-2 pounds a week, which means 4-8 pounds a month.
But listen to what Mariah is saying about her weight loss. She's making it about improving her overall health -- and inspiring her fans to take care of their health, too. At her press conference Wednesday, she said, "Today I want to use my voice to draw attention to a serious matter. Two-thirds of the country is placing themselves at risk for heart disease and diabetes. Largely, that is due to unhealthy eating patterns and lack of physical activity." I like that! When was the last time you heard a celebrity who just lost weight talking about HEALTH?
If that statement truly reflects her attitude (and she's relaxed about her body image), then she stands a much better chance of keeping the weight off -- not because she stays on any specific weight-loss plan, but because she's making long-term lifestyle changes that put the focus on good health.
What do you think about Mariah's approach to weight-loss?
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