Bethenny's Skinnygirl Tips

Bethenny Frankel's Sunny New Life

Perry Hagopian
As usual, there are 10 things going on inside Bethenny Frankel's New York City apartment. An assistant mans the phone. A hair-and-makeup team arrives for an evening event. And here is Bethenny, clad in a white robe, trying to catch a few minutes' rest.

This is a multitasker extraordinaire: the natural-foods chef, former Real Housewife, and star of the hit spinoff Bethenny Getting Married? is also the best-selling author of healthy-lifestyle books Naturally Thin and The Skinnygirl Dish. The 39-year-old is, as you'd expect, friendly and hilariously candid. (She nursed her 4-month-old daughter, Bryn, as we talked, joking about her breasts, 'You're not special, everybody in the country has seen them by now.')

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Swigging Kombucha tea, bare feet propped on the coffee table, Bethenny dished on her diet history and favorite guilty-pleasure reality show.

Q: You look great! Was it hard to lose the baby weight?
A: No. I gotta attribute it to being healthy before and healthy during [pregnancy]. I just weighed myself for the first time-I don't have a scale-but I'm probably three or four pounds more now. Maybe that will take a long time to come off, and I don't really know that I want to take it off. I'm just kind of not even concerned about it.

Q: Many women who have struggled with body image in the past find having a baby triggers a relapse. How did you avoid that?
A: The one thing a baby brings on is what's really important. I don't look the same in a bikini as I used to, but it's not like I'm running around in a bikini. You just need to look decent in your clothes! I think it's very selfish to be obsessing about your body when you have a new baby.

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