Jessie James Decker Didn’t Lose Weight Until She Stopped Breast-Feeding Son Forrest

Kristin Cavallari, Mila Kunis and Gisele Bundchen credit breast-feeding for their post-baby transformations. But for Jessie James Decker, who welcomed her third child in April, it’s the exact opposite. 

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When I’m nursing, I’m not anymore, but when I am, I don’t lose weight very well,” Decker, 30, told Us Weekly on Wednesday, January 9. “I’m holding on to, you know, extra fat on my body to produce milk for [the baby].”

The country singer isn’t alone. Tennis superstar Serena Williams switched her daughter, Alexis Olympia, over to formula after six months when her weight wouldn’t budge despite following a strict vegan diet. When the the athlete stopped breast-feeding, she lost 10 pounds in one week. 

Once Decker weaned her son Forrest and started the South Beach Diet, she began to see results. Workouts with trainer Shawn Booth have also helped the Eric & Jessie alum to fit back into her skinny jeans. She also loves exercising with her husband, Eric Decker — but only if someone is leading them.

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I know I just posted a lot of videos and a picture but I’m just so excited about this program and really feel like it could help anyone who is struggling with weight loss! I know you’ll see a lot of people in the public eye and they drop weight in what seems like five minutes after having a baby and I think we all feel like we should live up to those expectations. I’ve even been guilty of that myself and thinking I need to rush and lose weight two months after having a baby when I see all these skinny girls post baby but that is just not realistic for the majority of us. I have been every shape and size over the last 4 1/2 years from having children and never had to worry about losing weight until I had kids. I had good metabolism and had always been that way before. Having children definitely changed everything and I’m so blessed and grateful to have my babies as y’all know but it definitely can test your self-esteem when you are used to looking and feeling a certain way. I got up to 165 pounds with my first baby and being 5’1 it was really hard on my frame and I definitely struggled self esteem wise. I wish I would have known about the South Beach diet then. This is the fastest I have ever lost weight from all of my pregnancies and I truly think it’s just from educating myself and knowing what to do and having this program right in front of me. My goal now as far as my body goes is to be healthy and happy and fit not “skinny” just fit and healthy and the best version of myself. don’t ever feel like you hit a dead end road or you want to give up or feel hopeless. I see y’all’s DM‘s every day asking me and I can finally really share with you everything combined in one Instagram post!! I want to answer any questions y’all have in the comment section about this program. I even have provided a before and after shot. I’m a little nervous about showing y’all that before because I was pretty uncomfortable but I want to keep it real with you guys! I really feel like this program can help and it keeps you on track and is not complicated. I love y’all and also want to add that I got South Beach to give you guys 40% off if you use link in bio @southbeachdiet

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If Eric’s in charge I get frustrated,” Jessie quipped. “‘He’s all about, ‘You’re not doing it right.’ It’s like,  leave me alone!’”

Jessie and the former NFL player, 31, are parents of Vivianne, 4, Eric Jr. 3, and 9-month-old Forrest. Life has been nothing short of perfect since Eric retired from the NFL in August.

“I’m so happy to have him home. I can’t believe it sometimes. I feel like he’s gonna tell me, ‘Oh, I’m going back to work,’” the South Beach Diet ambassador admitted. “I’ve just missed him.”

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