Jessica Simpson, 28, is both a pop singer and actress. She has achieved seven Top 40 hits, and has three gold and two multi-platinum RIAA-certified albums. The highlight of her acting career could possibly be her role as Daisy Duke in the 2005 film version of The Dukes of Hazzard.
She also appeared on the film’s soundtrack, releasing “hese Boots Are Made for Walkin“, a cover of the 1966 Nancy Sinatra hit. The song’s video featured Simpson as Daisy Duke flirting and singing in a bar and then washing her car in a pink string bikini. In some countries the video was banned for this!
Jessica Simpson’s Workouts
Jessica has employed the celebrity fitness instructor Mike Alexander to formulate her personal fitness plan, and to motivate her and ensure that she stays on track. He also ensures that she sticks to he diet, by overlooking her meals.
Jessica’s workouts generally consist of one hour of weights and half an hour of aerobic work. The main exercises were lunges and squats, which help to tone and strengthen the thighs and buttocks. She only used light weights for these exercises, as she was training for muscular endurance rather than bulk. This was to ensure that her legs remained toned and shapely without becoming bulking and too athletic looking. The lunges and squats also has the advantage of building extra muscle on her bum (glutes) to provide a curvier backside. Many people think that an attractive butt must have lots of fat, but this is simply not true. A woman’s bum should be muscular too, to help keep a good shape. Her fitness instructor explained that “Jessica wanted more of a bump for her rear end instead of a flat butt.”
Jessica Simpson’s Dukes of Hazzard Workout
- Treadmill – running for eight minutes at 6.5mph to warm the legs up for intensive leg work
- Bodyweight squats: A few sets of 2–25 squats, followed by dumbbell rows while in squat position
- Reverse Lunges: 2 – 3 sets per leg of 12 lunges
- Squat Jumps - plyometric set of squats with a dynamic jump up afterwards.
- Bicep Curls while standing in a Lunge position – 18 reps. This is super-setted with;
- Lateral Raises from a Lunge Position (switch leg position) 1 set of 18 reps. This superset is done for 3 sets
- Dumbbell Triceps Extension (laying on back): 2 – 3 sets of 20 reps
- Treadmill – running for eight minutes at 6.5mph
- Incline Crunches: 20 reps
- Prone Kneeling Leg Extensions: 2-3 sets per leg x 18 reps per set
- Treadmill: 7 minutes of gentle jogging to cool down
- Forward Lunges: 2 – 3 sets of 20 reps
- Travelling (walking) Lunges: These are just lunges but instead of staying in place you walk across the room. If this is too easy, try doing it holding a pair of dumbbells at your side.
Jessica Simpson Diet
She has stuck to a strict junk free diet to ensure that she stays in great shape and keeps her skin looking young and healthy. She eats mostly grilled chicken, seared fish, broccoli and asparagus. She avoids bread and drinks iced tea without sugar. She also does not eat desserts, even those which are given to her free of charge by friendly restaurant owners! Jessica Simpson’s diet is really very similar to the zone and med diets.
Jessica Simpson Tries a Vegan Lifestyle Diet
In February 2011 she announced that she was on a vegan diet to help lose weight again. Vegan diets can be an effective way to manage weight although it is important to ensure that you follow a well planned vegan diet to get all the essential macro-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and oils. Vegan diets are generally low in fat and essential amino acids, so a variety of food is essential.
Also she shared on Twitter that she has been drinking Chinese Pu-erh tea which reportedly aids weight loss by increasing the amount of dietary fat that is excreted instead digested and absorbed.
Jessica Simpson Loses Baby Weight
In September 2012 we learned that Jessica Simpson has lost weight again – this time after giving birth to her baby daughter Maxwell. She lost 40 pounds since the birth of her daughter in May 2012.
She talked to Katie Couric about her weight loss experience, and explained how she did not realise how hard it would be to lose weight.
“All the weight did not come out with the baby.”
This is a classic experience. Many women think that most of their weight gain is a combination of the baby weight and the water that is also carried. However, the reality is that much of it is additional fat that is accumulated during pregnancy.
WeightWatchers to the Rescue
Jessica sought aid from the WeightWatchers organisation. Her main method is to just be more active. She aims to take 14,000 steps a day, as measured on with a pedometer. Many of theses are done when pushing her daughter around in her pushchair or carrying her in a baby harness.
However, Jessica does have an added incentive to lose weight – she actually signed a contract with WeightWatchers to promote their system, and it is rumored that she is being paid in the region of $4 million for the task.
Her main tip is simple:
“You have to be completely honest with yourself, and I think just creating that relationship of honesty with yourself is so good.”
This is so true. Most people who fail to lose weight are actually living in denial – they eat junk food and snacks, but believe that they are eating healthy. Few people manage to stick to strict diets, and many people fail to complete their daily fitness workout. The blame always lands on other people, the diets and the workout plans – not on their own lack of willpower!