Jaime Pressly: How I Got This Body

The Emmy winner shares how she lost the baby weight, how she deals with Hollywood’s forever-young pressure, and what her ideal workout is.


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Jack Guy
Jaime Pressly, 32, sits on the balcony of her Los Angeles home, looking incredibly content. No surprise: Pressly—who won an Emmy for her role on My Name Is Earl and is at work on a new TV pilot—is loving life with her husband of eight months, Simran Singh, and son, Dezi. Here, she shares how she lost the baby weight, how she deals with Hollywoods forever-young pressure, and what her ideal workout is. (Its so not yoga!)

Q: Last fall, you took the plunge and got married. How did you know that Simran was The One?
A: I just knew. It was like, Oh my god—there he is. There was a feeling of security that I hadnt felt with anyone else. But were polar opposites—hes quiet, and Im the talky pants. Hes a lawyer, and Im like the crazy client he has to represent. We work well together.

Q: Your husband is a vegetarian and youre not. Have your eating habits changed as a result?
A: I eat a lot less red meat. And believe me, Im from the South—I love meat and potatoes. Im good at cooking fish, but Im also good at cooking sauces because Im Southern, and sauces are our thing.

Q: Are sauces partly why you gained 42 pounds while pregnant?
A: Yeah. I didnt care. It was the first time in my life I could eat whatever whenever I wanted, and I did. Honey, I ate everything I could see.

Q: How long did it take you to lose the weight?
A: Three months. But I lost the first 32 pounds by my 30th birthday, which we celebrated in Vegas. We had pool parties, and I was not about to be chunky. I did the cabbage soup diet twice in a row. It lasts six days, and you eat cabbage soup three to four times a day. But one day, you can also eat up to eight bananas.

Q: Did you really eat eight bananas?
A: I did, because I was breast-feeding and hungry. On the third day, youre so excited because you get half a baked potato. You can have any size potato, so I was at the store trying to find the jumbo ones. I was like, Where are the ones that they genetically made ginormous? I was also working out two hours a day—you have to work out.

Q: Whats a typical workout for you?
A: I get bored easily, so my trainer, Mike Jones, introduced me to the [suspension training system] TRX. Its two handles you can attach to a bar or a doorway. You use your body weight for resistance. We also do abs, plus 150 to 200 squats. We work the inner and outer thighs, the quads, the hamstrings. I enjoy feeling the burn and pushing myself.

Q: Are there any fitness trends you regret trying?
A: I am not a yoga person. They say it would be good for me because Im a Type A person, and it would relax me, but I like action. Yogas too Zen for me!

Q: How do you deal with the pressure to stay young and beautiful in Hollywood?
A: Ive never felt that pressure. Part of that is because I know myself. Im someone who likes to be in shape because it makes me feel good. But I eat junk food, too.

Q: Is there a beauty product you cant live without?
A: My La Mer moisturizer. Also, my St. Ives facial scrub that Ive been using for 12 years! And LOreal Voluminous mascara.

Q: Any more kids in your future?
A: Not right this second, but definitely. One or two more.

Q: Whose body do you covet in Hollywood?
A: When I think of legs I always think of Shirley MacLaine on Broadway. Shes always been one of my idols because shes funny, sassy, ballsy, smart, spiritual.

Q: Is there anything wrong with plastic surgery?
A: I believe in the saying, “To each his own.” Who knows, when Im 56 years old I may want to change something. I dont want anyone to judge me, so Im not going to judge them.
Alison Prato
Last Updated: May 21, 2010

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