The star shares how she got that body.
Blake Lively is one of those women who somehow has managed to look more fit than ever after giving birth. The actress filmed the action-packed movie The Shallows just eight months after she gave birth to her daughter James and looked absolutely phenomenal (in a bikini, no less). More importantly, she mustered up the stamina to perform in such a physically demanding role—and she credits her rigorous diet and exercise regimen for that.
Lively, who is 28 and expecting her second child with hubby Ryan Reynolds, has been candid about the fact that her postpartum weight loss strategy is not normal. She freely admits that her position as a top actress gives her access to elite trainers and nutritionists, something that's probably not in the cards for most women. That doesn't mean we can't all take a bit of inspiration from her experience, though.
Lively spilled that she eliminated two major ingredients from her diet to score that toned body. "I did no gluten and no soy," she told radio station KIIS 1065. "Once you remove soy, you realize you're eating no processed foods. So that's basically what I did. No processed foods and then working out."
Soy might not sound that difficult to avoid, but according to the foodie star, cutting it out is much harder than it sounds. "[It] seems like, 'Oh, that's really easy to cut that out,' but then you realize, there's soy in everything," she said. "Like, everything you eat, there is soy in it. Even if it's healthy, whole foods-organic stuff, there's always soy in it. Just try no soy and no gluten and watch how hard that is."
We've always been huge fans of Lively's attitude about her postpartum body—she works hard for it, but she's vocal about the fact that moms should not be expected to look "Victoria's Secret-ready" right after giving birth. Her diet definitely sounds tough—but at the same time, it seems like she went about losing her baby weight the healthy way...she even left room for the occasional indulgence.
"I was still able to have sugar and all of those things. It's all in moderation. You just have a balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables. And it wasn't the worst. Like, I was eating rice and sushi," she said.
The star did admit that being around craft services on set was difficult, though. "That was the hardest part," she said."They were making these fresh muffins every morning—those jackasses. They smelled so good!"
Trainer Don Saladino shared the philosophy behind Blake's diet with PEOPLE. "We made sure that her meals were well-balanced. She had a protein, a vegetable, and a slow-burning carb. We tried to give her enough so that she wasn’t stuffed, but she was comfortable," he said.
While Blake generally stuck to "healthy" carbs (think sweet potatoes and oatmeal), her trainer was committed to making the diet work for Blake's lifestyle. "This is not training a fitness competitor or a model," he said. "This is about feeding a woman who's got a child who's got to have certain nutrients in her body. She's got to take care of herself. She's got to eat healthy. The way that we did it was the right way, and it wasn't through starving her." Bravo to that!