Beauty & Body Image, Hollywood Moms

Nicole Sullivan: “I just couldn’t get how moms like Jessica Alba lost so much weight so quickly”



The full story from US Weekly:

“I would flip through celeb magazines…and I just couldn’t get how these moms like Jessica Alba lost so much weight so quickly—and yet I couldn’t,” the actress tells Us Weekly in an exclusive interview at “The Real Women of Jenny Craig” event in NYC on Jan. 23. “They all lie and say, ‘Oh, I lost the weight running after the kids or breastfeeding.’ It’s not true!”

“I felt broken. I felt like an outsider in my own community,” she continues of her postpartum experience after giving birth to her son, Dashel, now 5. “There just are not a lot of overweight people in Hollywood. I felt like the jerk who couldn’t figure it out.”

The actress finally figured it out, she claims, when she signed on with Jenny Craig as its brand ambassador. “I had tried every other diet in the world and decided to give Jenny Craig a try. The first week, I lost five pounds and then lost an average of two pounds a week for 16 weeks. I lost 35 pounds total. It changed my life.”

Sullivan has since given birth to another son, Beckett, now 3. “When I look back to when I had my first son, I was unhappy. I couldn’t understand why the weight wasn’t just falling off. I wish I could have that time back. With my second son, I enjoyed the whole process of him being an infant more because I wasn’t mad at myself. When you are mad at yourself, you are mad at everybody. That’s the problem…. I may not look like [Alba], but at least I can keep up with other actresses now. I feel really good about myself.”

… says 42 year-old Nicole.

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  • misscheeks

    Oooh it’s Holly from “King of Queens”…I loved (and still love) that show when it was running! 🙂

    • Mara

      Oh God, I feel old now…

    • Sofia

      She was also on MadTV!

  • sarah

    She’ s been so real and I appreciate it.
    But I do’t think that all the celebrity moms ,who lost weight vey quickly, need to be blamed or condamned: being skinny and beautiful is part of their job,so they have no choice

    • cloud9

      she’s awesome, but she should get bangs

    • cat

      Really??? I think her comment sounds completely contrived and stereotypical…

      “I was in such a bad place…blah blah blah….I just couldn’t lose the weight… and then I found Jenny Craig- Now my life is complete!”

      I guess its an ad so she has to really sell it but it just reads very fake and cliche to me

  • Mia

    The number one mistake any woman (or man) makes is comparing themselves to other women. Yes, there are basic rules that govern the human body, but there is also variability in how the body reacts to diet and exercise. I’m sure each and every one of us can think of people in our lives who lose/gain weight more easily than others. Is it annoying that Jessica Alba bounced back seemingly without doing a lot of work? yes! Does it mean that she’s lying? not necessarily! I wish people would just focus on their bodies, and what their bodies are capable of, instead of criticizing or envying others.

    • annemarie

      Exactly! Plus Jessica is 10 years younger than Nicole,and was always thin.

      • Candy

        Jessica admitted to being on a 1000 calorie diet and exercising. She has always admitted to having to work at it and having an overweight family. Why do people still think celebs are naturally skinny even when they admit they aren’t? Most skinny people WORK at it, whether fat people want to believe it or not. 98 percent of people have very similar metabolisms. Most people CAN have jessica albas body with work so stop making excuses. Ive been thin since I was a teen, through work not genetics.

        • Powwow

          *Starts 1000 kcal diet*

        • annemarie

          I’m not saying she’s naturally skinny, I’m just saying she was always thin. Even if it came thanks to diet and exercise, she was still thin, even when she was pregnant she didn’t become a blob and then suddenly lost weight.

          And only if a country has obesity epidemic then there’re few naturally skinny people. I’m from Eastern Europe, and most people here are naturally skinny, seeing fat kids or young people here is very unusual.

  • Debbs

    We can’t all be Jessica Alba lol! There is at least a 10 year age different between them and Alba has always been in great shape. Plus, she didn’t say that she lost it only by running after her kids. She was on the elliptical soon after giving birth! I don’t think you should put others down to sell a product.

  • Kate

    Damn shes 42 she looks so much older…. gabrielle union and her are the same age and gabby looks likes she in her late 20s

    • Mara

      Rachel Zoe is allegedly younger than her. Just to put things into perspective…

    • Powwow

      Yeah but Gabrielle Union stopped aging a while ago! lol

  • wonderwoman21

    She doesn’t look like she has the body type to lose weight fast; plus she’s older and that has effect too. I’m pretty sure Jessica Alba was pretty open about how hard she worked to lose weight after her baby.

  • Marie

    Well she’s not fat but she’s ugly :s

    • Cecil

      she’s not ugly, she’s just not hot.

      • hasita

        lol that sounded funny

  • Megan

    I don’t see this as putting Jessica Alba down… I took it like she was being real with herself and it sucked.

  • Mara

    She reminds me of a healthier but older-looking Fiona Apple.

  • annemarie

    So, it bothers her that she can’t look like Jessica Alba, so she’s calling her a liar. But she doesn’t look like, for example, Jessica Simpson either, so why doesn’t she say anything bad about that too? Oh yeah, right, because it’s only okay to bitch about women who are thinner than you :/

  • Amanda

    What I don’t get is how she thinks they did it? It’s really hard to tell if she thinks they lied or if what they did just didn’t work for her.

  • Casey

    ““They all lie and say, ‘Oh, I lost the weight running after the kids or breastfeeding.’ It’s not true!””

    Why isn’t it? It’s not ridiculous and it can be true.

    My sister had 2 children, and is the same weight as before any children. She didn’t work out or diet, the weight just came off. The only sign that she had children was extra skin on her stomach which gradually went away.

    I’m not saying the above to say, “This is how it should be.” I’m saying it to point out that everybody’s body reacts differently to pregnancy. My sister had it easy. Others struggle for years. It is what it is.

    I think the goal is to do what is reasonable, healthy and best for you, your schedule, and your baby. Some people actually enjoy working out a lot after giving birth…it gives them more energy. They’re NOT bad mothers. Others don’t enjoy it, and find working out straining so they’d rather use that energy for other things, like spending time with their baby. That’s okay too.

    I know it’s a habit, but I really think people should put in an effort to stop comparing themselves to others and just do what they think is best.

  • Ana

    Holy shit, she looks like she’s in her late fifties.

  • lc

    Who is she???! Anyway, she is quite unattractive.

    • Sofia

      She used to be on MadTV and King of Queens

      • lc

        Never heard of it!

      • Neri

        I know her from Scrubs! Loved her little character in that show…

  • Sassy

    Some of you shouldn’t even waste your time posting. You sound ridiculous. 32 year old mother of 3 here..ages 3-10…..Until you have a oarent don’t talk..period….Her comment was directed at Jessica Aba..her comment was directed at the society we live in. Post pardom depression has a lot to do with societys expectations on to raise your chikd, how to discipline, what you should eat/not eat….yiu are under so much pressure to be perfect..mix that in with body image…it doesn’t help. I’m first pregnancy I bustd my butt off getting back into shape immediatly…..the point – Just stop comparing your family and your body and your life to others.

  • Pixie

    Everyone is different when it comes to losing pregnancy weight. I lost mine in 4 mths, and it wasn’t from breast feeding….I ate extremely clean and healthy and did a lot of cardio and yoga. It takes hard work, that’s how a lot of ‘celeb’ moms do it, some just don’t want to admit they worked their ass off. But, I’m pretty sure Jess Alba said her loss was through diet and exercise.

  • ha

    OK. I’m probably going to get major hell for this but I can’t resist. There’s this magical thing to which many celebrities have unbridled access. It gives them tons of energy and suppresses their appetite. And they don’t use that thing while they’re pregnant. But when the baby’s born, they’re magically skinny again.

    That’s right, I’m talking about white, powdery celebrity chefs. 😛

    • lc

      Yep, not to mention personal trainers.

    • Loxy

      You mean they have the ‘sniffles’?

      • ginx

        She mean’s they’re baking a lot with… flour…

    • Mara

      I seriously doubt anyone except maybe Jenelle Evans would use while breastfeeding.

      • Mara

        Well, okay, maybe some would, but I don’t think it’s the wide norm and I certainly don’t think it’s something Jessica Alba would do.

  • Emilie

    Of cour$e she figured it out with Jenny Craig…. it’$ a $hame that $he felt like an out$ider in her community…

    The fact that she is getting paid by JC, doesn’t make help me believe that the plan works. $$$ is a motivation for a lot pf people


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  • lol

    There is NO WAY this woman is only 42. 52 is more like it.

    • serena

      She has a baby and a toddler, and it’s unlikely she had them around age 50. I think she just looks old for her age!

  • Adriana

    I don’t know why but her thinness looks forced and unnatural and she has that face shape that looks better with more weight on it.
    IMO some people suit being really lean, some people suit a softer look and other’s suit an inbetween.
    I can’t believe im saying this because im usually a fan of being thin and lean but I think Nicole would look better with a softer look. Just a little more body fat. Not alot, just a little.

  • Beckers

    When I read about all the ‘ I lost my 40 pounds of pregnancy weight ‘ etc. I just feel like its all emporers new clothes. Most these celebs don’t even put on that much weight. I’m
    Pretty sure they are just including the actual baby and fluid in the weight. You can see in their arms and face they don’t put on much at all.

  • Lenah

    Well I think that age is a large part of it. It’s a hell of a lot easier to lose the weight as a 20-somthing year old than a women in their late 30’s.

  • Cristina

    It seems to call out Jessica Alba specifically. Didn’t Alba say she was on a 1200 cal diet on top of working out and was “basically starving?” Also, pre-pregnancy bodies play a large role as well.

  • Lisa

    I didn’t understand dropping pregnancy weight until my sister in law had her babies. She didn’t drop it overnight, but when I lift up those two kiddos — she had twins — I believe every word! Carrying them around, taking them from room to room when they fuss, going back and forth to get bottles and clean up, you’re moving! Just imagine lifting 15lb weights multiple times a day, sometimes times two.

  • Amanda

    She’s also A LOT older than Jessica Alba. Jessica has also always been fit…extremely fit in fact. She also had a fit pregnancy, so dropping the baby weight wasn’t that difficult for her.

    Nicole has never looked fit…thin…just not fit. Thin and fit are two entirely different things. If you’re physically fit before pregnancy and continue to stay fit through the 9 months, dropping the weight isn’t too bad.

    Unfortunately, too many people decide to get fit and healthy once they find out they’re pregnant. It’s still a good thing, but they should have been that way in the first place. You have to work hard before…not just after.

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