02/08/2013 07:54 BST | Updated 02/08/2013 07:55 BST

Jessica Alba Reveals The Secret To Her Post-Baby Figure (It's Not What You Expect)

Many are the times we roll our eyes at celebs who ping back into shape mere seconds after giving birth.

But Jessica Alba, will be appearing on the front cover of the August issue of Women's Health, has revealed a nifty secret.

“After both pregnancies, I wore a girdle! People have been doing it for years. And, let’s face it, I don’t have the body of a 14-year-old anymore. I think the more we try not to have that unrealistic ideal, the happier we’ll be.”

Earlier this year, Jessica published a lifestyle book The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You, and launched her own organic baby range The Honest Company. In the interview, Jessica is frank and honest about working out to maintain her shape.

She talks through her workout plan in the interview and says: “I have a brutally short attention span. It means I’m useless at working out. I get so bored.”

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Her lack of enthusiasm about exercise is echoed by her trainer, Ramona Braganza, who said to Celebuzz: "Jessica has never loved to exercise; however she appreciates the benefits that exercise provides her.

"She knows when she needs to focus at times and will take it up a notch by doing extra cardio -- such as spinning or taking a boot-camp class. Other times, she can coast a little and enjoy workouts like yoga. She includes regular strength training in her weekly workouts and loves to go walking and play with her kids."

Jessica famously grew up from rags to riches, and had to develop her own healthy attitude to nutrition. “I started cooking for myself when I was 12 because a lot of the food my family ate was processed. I wanted fresh. I eliminated microwave food, things with too much salt and tried to eat more natural food, things that were cooked in a kitchen as opposed to a factory.

“I like a naughty treat as much as the next person, but I’ve tried to change my taste buds. So if I’m craving something salty, I’ll have dried seaweed or almonds. Rice crackers and Popchips are also good. If I need a sweet fix, I’ll stick to natural sugar. Who can say no to fresh cherries or strawberries?”

Despite her dislike of exercise, she did follow Ramona's 3-2-1 Baby Bulge Be Gone (interesting name) to get in shape. The diet involves three meals, two snacks and one litre of water per day.

She emphasises low glycemic carbs, lean proteins and fresh vegetables. Fruit is kept to a minimum because of the sugar content, and the exercise involves a combination of fat-burning cardio, muscle-building strength training, and shaping and toning circuit training."

We're somewhat in disbelief at Jessica's confession that she has "cellulite and stretch marks – and...a muffin top!” but can't knock a sister for being honest.

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