27/04/2009 13:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Celebrity Post-Baby Diet Tips

By now we all know a little bit about how star mamas look so fabulous mere moments after giving birth.

They have those little extras, like personal chefs, personal trainers and the resources to devote solely to looking amazing. Don't even get me started on their best secret: Expert tailors.

Yeah, yeah. But what tips do they have that everyone else can actually follow? Christina Aguilera says her post-baby body bounce-back was all about the breastfeeding. For Halle Berry, it was yoga and swimming. Then there's sensible Salma Hayek.

"It was so hard because I gained a lot of weight and had gestational diabetes," Hayek told Oprah in 2008. "As soon as the baby was out, like many other new mums, I thought 'I'll just lose the weight. I'll breastfeed and it will fall off.'" As if.

The only approach is to take your time. "There are shortcuts, but it's not good for the baby," she continued. "But I'm still losing even if it's slow, and I've been working out...and the rest is going to go when it's time to go."

With miles of walking-it-off and some helpful family genes (thanks, Mum!), I lost most of my baby weight within a year. This was a nice thing. But for seriously helpful tips for taking off post-baby weight, check out the weight-loss secrets over at Diet & Fitness.

Sabrina Weill is editor-in-chief of