Losing It Fast

They're breaking speed records, but celeb moms like Denise Richards know that getting back in shape after baby – whether it's the first or fourth – takes sweat and sacrifice

ANGIE HARMON

After giving birth to daughters Finley, 2, and Avery, 4 months, Harmon (from left, while pregnant and three months after) learned, “It’s not about starving yourself. It’s about listening to your body.” Doctors say new moms who severely cut calories and go on workout binges risk losing more than extra pounds. “A dramatic weight loss would affect the supply and quality of the milk,” says Dr. Sheryl Ross, a Santa Monica gynecologist. “We recommend losing only 1 to 2 lbs. a week."