Comedian, Martial Artist, and Commentator
Born in Texas, Jessica Simpson sang in the church choir as a child, and her singing career took off when she was still a teenager. Simpson dropped out of high school, but later obtained a GED. Her debut album was a huge success and sold 2 million copies. She was married singer Nick Lachey from 2002-2006 and made a reality series about it. She has also appeared in other reality series such as The Price of Beauty and Fashion Star. Her first film role was as Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard. She also has a line of clothing, perfume, housewares and other items, and she wrote a book that hit #1 on The New York Times best seller list. Simpson has 3 children with husband Eric Johnson whom she married in 2014. In 2012, Simpson signed on as a Weight Watchers spokesperson. She has millions of followers on social media. Simpson is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 125 lbs.
Jessica Simpson’s Diet
Once a fresh-faced sex symbol, Simpson’s weight soared up to 240 lbs. during her third pregnancy, and she hired celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to help her regain control of her weight and her health. Simpson followed Pasternak’s Body Reset Diet which promises to rev up metabolism, blast fat and shed pounds in just 2 weeks. The diet involves counting calories, and eating protein, fiber and fat at each meal. Water is also an essential part of the plan, as is exercise.
- Medium Carb 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
The Body Reset Diet
On Harley Pasternak’s Body Reset, you get 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Each meal must include protein and fiber, while the snacks are either more of the same or fat instead of fiber.
The first 5 days of the Body Reset involve 3 smoothies a day made from protein powder or Greek yogurt, healthy fats such as nuts or avocados and fiber in the form of fruits and veggies. The smoothies are later cut down as solid meals are introduced.
Snacks on the Body Reset are 150 calories or less, and might be celery sticks with almond butter or sliced turkey with fruit such as pears. Sugar is meant to be kept below 10 grams per snack, and protein and fiber should be at least 5 grams each.
The Body Reset Diet allows you to eat what you love, so long as it contains certain elements, like fiber and protein, and avoids other ones, such as simple carbs. It’s meant to be a healthier version of your previous diet.
The Body Reset isn’t meant to make anyone feel deprived because requiring too much will power leads to failure. On Pasternak’s plan, there are 2 cheat meals per week, which can include alcohol.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
High Glycemic Foods
Simpson on her Weight Loss
‘So proud to feel like myself again.’
Simpson on Being a Role Model for Her Children
‘I don’t want her [my daughter] to see me beat myself up for things like food choices or numbers on a scale.’
Simpson on Setting Realistic Goals
I’m taking it week by week so I don’t get frustrated with myself.’ If you eat cake and Ho Hos, and that’s all you eat, that’s what your body uses to regenerate cells, that’s what your body uses to grow. All of your tissue is eventually going to be made out of everything you eat.
Jessica Simpson’s Fitness Routine
Double Up on the Trainers
Simpson worked with both Pasternak and Sydney Liebes in her quest to get her pre-baby body back.
One Step At a Time
Simpson eased her way into exercise following the birth of her children. Pasternak had her start with a daily goal of 6,000 steps each day. Within weeks, she was up to 10,000, then 12K. Part of Pasternak’s plan in 14K steps, 7 days a week.
The right attitude is also a part of Simpson’s success story. Her trainers say she was extremely motivated and always stayed positive about her workouts.
Bookend with Cardio
Part of the plan to keep Simpson’s metabolism revved was to start and end each strength training session with cardio.
A Jessica Simpson Routine
Walk 14k steps/daily.
Warm-up: 5 min cardio: treadmill/jump rope/high knees/etc.
Strength Training circuits: 30-45 min, 3-5x/week.
Do 20 reps x 4 sets in circuits. Move from 1 exercise to the next without rest. Brief rest allowed between sets.
Single arm dumbbell rows
Dumbbell lateral flexion
Cool down: 5 min cardio.
Simpson on the Mind-body Connection
‘Workouts are an emotional experience. I exercise to clear my head. It makes me stronger on every level.’
Simpson on Sticking to her Exercise Routine
‘Even when it felt impossible, I chose to work harder.’
Simpson on Self-care
‘I want to be as healthy as I can because I’m a mom now.’
Jessica Simpson’s Supplements
Besides protein which Simpson would put in her daily smoothie, she doesn’t have much to say on the topic of supplements. Here are some supplements that may be appropriate for Jessica Simpson’s lifestyle.
Breastfeeding tea is soothing, and can help new moms relax, which is always a good thing. Breastfeeding moms might like to try out lecithin to improve milk flow.
B vitamins give energy, combat stress, and boost metabolism, helping to shed excess weight.
Breastfeeding mothers also need to ensure they get enough calcium each day to keep their own bones strong, as well as to nourish baby’s.
But adding probiotics can help you get the most out of what you eat, and help your digestive tract get back to normal following pregnancy and childbirth.
The herb moringa oleifera can help improve lactation, and it also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Iron and magnesium
Iron and magnesium are two more essential nutrients used to produce energy.
Getting sufficient vitamin D is also key for mom, baby and for weight loss.
Jessica Simpson’s Lifestyle
Quality sleep is key to good health and weight management, and Simpson makes a point to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
Simpson thinks lullabies are creepy, and so she sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” to her kids instead.
Part of Simpson’s body recovery plan was to unplug from technology for at least an hour each day. It helped her to relax, and get quality sleep.
In her memoir Open Book, Simpson reveals her struggles with alcohol and stimulant abuse, and that she was sexually abused as a child.
In Great Company
Simpson auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club at the same time as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. She says she was intimidated by Aguilera’s performance and blew her final audition, and was ultimately not selected for the show.
Grandma to the Rescue
Simpson’s first album went unreleased when the record company filed for bankruptcy. Her grandma paid to have some albums made, which led to her meeting Tommy Mottola, the head of Columbia Records.
Live & Learn
When Simpson split from Nick Lachey in 2006, she had to pay $12 million in the divorce settlement because they hadn’t signed a pre-nup. She says it was the biggest financial mistake she ever made.
Simpson on Getting Sober
‘I had started a spiral and I couldn’t catch up with myself…and that was with alcohol. Every day I would say, “I’ll stop soon. I’ll cut back.”’
Simpson on her Competition
‘I would love for the time to come where somebody can talk about me and not have to talk about Britney and Christina in the same sentence.’
Simpson on her Career
‘I never thought I’d be some fashion mogul!’
Simpson on Alternate Careers
‘I respect knowledge of the psyche. I would be a therapist if I weren’t an entertainer.’
Simpson on Being a Mom
‘Motherhood is by far the best thing I’ve ever experienced.’
Simpson on Lullabies
‘Like, “When the bow breaks, the cradle will fall…” That’s scary! You’re, like dropping your baby. So I just say, sing the national anthem.’