A Dad Tries a 'Soccer Mom Diet'
They say the camera adds 10 lbs. On the set of Heroes, "we use three cameras, so that's 30 lbs.," jokes Greg Grunberg, who plays telepathic cop Matt Parkman on the hit show. "I saw the [pilot] before it aired," says Grunberg, "and I was really big!"
How big he won't say, but "I was barely squeezing into my 40"-waist jeans." His wife and mother each had had success with Weight Watchers and wanted Grunberg, 40, to try it. With due respect to the women in his life, he says, "to me it was an old lady's diet, a soccer mom diet." And yet Grunberg was soon one of a few men attending meetings.
At home, the dad of three made changes: no processed foods (save for sugar-free popsicles) and no eating for four hours before bed. He now bikes 30 minutes a day and lifts weights every other. Although he took some on-air ribbing from Conan O'Brien about counting points, Grunberg eagerly agreed when the company asked him to be its first male celeb spokesperson.
Down two sizes and 33 lbs. (with 20 to go, he says), "he is standing prouder," says wife Elizabeth. "There's an extra spark of confidence," adds costar Ali Larter. And, says Grunberg, "my agent said if I lose 15 more pounds I can do more leading man roles." One thing you won't see him do? "I'm not," he insists, "going on a talk show wearing a bikini."
LILY ALLEN BODY-IMAGE CRISIS
Call it bad timing: Singer Lily Allen brought out her Lily Loves collection of "real women" dresses (featuring, she told Britain's Grazia magazine, "wider straps to hide the arm bits we all hate") just as model Kate Moss
was promoting her own fashion line. When several papers in Britain ran photos of the two celeb designers side by side, it was too much for Allen, who has been a vocal critic of the pressure to be waifish. "I used to pride myself on being strong-minded," she wrote on her blog May 12. "I felt like it didn't matter if I was a bit chubby, because I'm not a model, I'm a singer, [but] I'm afraid I have fallen victim to the evil machine. I write to you in a sea of tears. I have spent the past hour researching gastric-bypass surgery and laser liposuction." The remarks moved fans to post almost 2,000 chin-up comments like, "Lily ... don't fall on the skinny Paris Hilton
wannabe bandwagon. You are what makes us normal girls actually feel normal." By the next day Allen was "feeling a lot better," her rep tells PEOPLE. "I shan't be getting any surgery," Allen wrote May 14. "I will be eating bread and pasta and thinking about what to write about for the next album."
PILATES WHILE PREGNANT
Tone your core with a baby onboard? Yes, but carefully, says Daniel Loigerot of DL Fit Pilates in New York City, who works with Naomi Watts
(left, on May 4). The actress, 38, who is expecting a baby with boyfriend Liev Schreiber in July, has kept up her twice-weekly sessions—even continuing to use the intimidating Reformer apparatus. "I customized a program for her," says Loigerot, who accommodates Watts's growing bump by having her work on her side, on all fours or propped up with pillows. Before starting your own routine, check with a doctor. Loigerot offers a few tips:
• Avoid exercising on your back after the second trimester. "Baby weight can compress blood vessels in the abdomen." Instead, lie on your side, sit or stand.
• Don't overstretch. "When you're pregnant, your muscles get looser, so joint stability decreases and you can pinch a nerve."
• Breathe. Getting oxygen to muscles is key, he says. "You're breathing for two now."
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