Postpartum Secrets of Celebrity Moms

Star Strategy #2: They Feast on Healthy Food

You don't need a nutritionist to tell you to reach for an apple instead of a bag of chips or to eat baked chicken instead of fried. The problem with most of us is that we keep falling off the healthy-eating wagon because junk food is so convenient. For celebrities, though, avoiding sweets and fats is a job requirement.

Currently it's the rage to avoid carbs -- diets like Atkins, South Beach, and the Zone are huge in Tinseltown, though you may want to stick to a modified version, especially if you're nursing. The idea is to cut down on carbohydrates such as pasta and white bread and opt for more lean meats, fish, and veggies. Tips and recipes from Web sites like the-zone-diet-recipes.com can help.

Start eating right during pregnancy and just don't stop. "If you can keep up good habits after you give birth, you'll be ahead of the game," says Melissa Rivers, a host on the E! Entertainment network. Bell echoes that sentiment: "If you pig out during pregnancy, you might develop a taste for the bad-for-you stuff. You have to eat more because you're eating for two, but you should eat the right kind of food."

Other Hollywood tips include guzzling water all day and steering clear of the fridge at least two hours before bedtime. If you're at a restaurant and you can't seem to stop stuffing yourself, sabotage your plate: Celebs have been known to dump a drink in their dish to discourage picking.

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