Most Hollywood moms appear to bounce back into perfect bikini-body shape just weeks after welcoming baby, but in a new exclusive interview with Life & Style, Hilary Duff explains how her journey was quite the opposite.
“I’m finally at a comfortable place with my body,” the 25-year-old star confesses in this week’s Life & Style. “It took me a full year!”
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Flaunting her super-toned figure in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on May 12, Hilary admits she struggled long and hard to lose the 50 pounds she gained while pregnant with son Luca, who was born in March 2012.
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“I never had to lose so much before, and it took a while to get mentally motivated,” the 5-foot-2 star admits. “I was enjoying being home with my baby, and I wasn’t super strict with my diet.”
But in late 2012, the first-time mama realized, “This isn’t coming off!” She revamped her diet and added trainer Gabe Johns.
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The big breakthrough? Boxing! “It makes me feel super fierce,” she tells Life & Style with a laugh. “Gabe and I box outside my home, so my neighbors watched the whole shrinking process! They cheered me on!”
For more from Hilary on her post-baby diet and upcoming projects, pick up this week’s issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now!