Liv Tyler Reveals Her Baby-Weight Struggle
04/18/2007 AT 10:00 AM EDT
"I was not one of those women who just dropped pounds instantly when I was breastfeeding," the Reign Over Me actress, 29, tells Britain's You magazine. "Actually, I got so homely I was ravenous for things like doughnuts and cakes."
Tyler – who married Brit rocker Royston Langdon in March 2003 – was determined to be a stay-at-home mom for the first year of Milo's life. She "hibernated" inside the house, she says, until she had a rude awakening about her weight.
"I can remember walking down the street one day – I was going to the nail salon – when ... a photographer took my picture," she recalls.
"I was wearing a very unflattering shirt that I had worn when I was pregnant and a pair of sweat pants, and when the picture appeared in a magazine they ran a caption asking if I was pregnant again. When I saw it I said, 'I think the holiday is over.' "
Once focused on taking action, "I did a million different things," she says. "I would be on a strict protein diet and then a raw diet, and then I would do colonics and fasting. And I did Pilates, yoga and working out with my trainer."
As the face of Givenchy cosmetics, Tyler also admits to discussing moisturizers with an unlikely partner: her craggy-faced Aerosmith frontman father. "My dad, Steven Tyler, and I always talk about creams!" she says.
Still, for all her healthy habits, Tyler has one vice she knows she must conquer. "I'm afraid I smoke sometimes. I did give up for a long time when I had Milo, but on my last film my character smoked and that was bad for me," she says. "I don't like it, but I secretly love it. I know it's terrible."