Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mariah Carey reveals her new figure after losing her baby weight... but is her stomach really as smooth as the hand-out picture - or has she been airb

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Incredible weight loss: Mariah Carey has showed off her taut abs in an advert stepping into her role as the new ambassador for Jenny Craig

She has shed a whopping 70lbs in the past six months after giving birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe.

And Mariah Carey’s impressive weight loss is clear to see in a new photo in which she looks super slim and her stomach appears completely flat.

But is the singer's post-baby tum really as flat as it appears, or has the professionally shot photo benefited from a little help from the airbrush?

Flat as a pancake? The photo appears to have been airbrushed, but does Mariah's tummy look as flat in real life?

Wearing just a boob tube top and a low riding maxi skirt the singer revealed a very flat stomach devoid of stretch marks or any sign that she had given birth in recent months.

She has dropped an incredible 70lbs over recent months - with 40lbs being water lost due to her difficult pregnancy.

Conveniently, the 42-year-old mother-of-two unveiled her taut abs as it was announced that she was the new ambassador for diet company Jenny Craig.

The stunning photo saw her roll back the years revealing a body that would put ten years younger Britney Spears to shame.

But while she seemed keen to show off her stomach in the promotional shot, at the launch yesterday she kept it firmly under wraps in a slinky red dress with spaghetti-string straps.

Hot mama: Mariah looks back to her best in photographs which advertise her role as ambassador for company Jenny Craig, and seen right at the launch for the company yesterday

Her new look was a marked contrast to her appearance at the start of the diet when she was much heavier.

The proud singer, now mother to Monroe and Morrocan has also graced the cover of Us Weekly magazine.

Wearing a very youthful outfit of white shorts and crop top she is pictured as part of an interview in which she reveals the low calorie diet plan which helped her beat the bulge.

She said she knew needed to lose weight after seeing a photograph of herself shortly after being visited by friend Reverend Al Sharpton in hospital.

'I looked at myself in the photo after and thought "Who on Earth is that?' Mind you, I thought I looked good at the time!'

Slinky and svelte: The 42-year-old singer has lost an incredible 70lbs since giving birth to her twins Monroe and Morrocan, and right as the beginning of the programme three months ago

Double trouble: Mariah's twins Monroe and Moroccan are seen in their baby carriers

Mariah began the regime with a 1500 calorie a day special menu and workouts three times a week.

'When I started, I got really strict with myself,' she told Us magazine.

'Losing weight is about eating what you like, just in the appropriate portion sizes.
I wouldn't say it was really hard, but it required focus and determination.

'The first week, I lost 40 lbs of just water. It was just water, initially. When I started with the programme, I lost at least 30 lbs of weight that needed to be lost.'

She works out for 45 minutes five to six times a week with Sunday as a rest day doing a mixture of cardio and aquatic workouts in water along with crunches, push-ups, triceps dips, lunges and squats.

Very slim: The 42-year-old mother-of-two is dressed in just a bandeau top and a black maxi skirt which is split on both sides up towards her hips

Looking good: She is seen gyrating her way out of a material cocoon which perhaps symbolises her body after losing the weight

However, the star had to wait six weeks before she could start the programme after giving birth to the adorable twins Monroe and Morrocan via Caesarean section.

She told the magazine: 'I gained an enormous amount of weight. I was scared I was never going to walk again.
'I feel incredible but it was a long road,' she says.

'Being pregnant felt longer than it was. It was a huge blessing to be able to have the babies but I felt trapped in my body because I couldn't move.'

Red alert: Mariah posed with Jenny Craig CEO Dana Fisher as she was announced as the Jenny Craig ambassador

Meet the brand: Mariah with Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, Dr. Tim Church, and Jenny Craig CEO Dana Fisher

'In our society we tend to just eat and eat because it's there. I'd love to sit around and eat whatever I want all day, but now I have to watch it.'

Mariah, who is married to America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon, gave birth to her twins Moroccan on April 30, the couple's third wedding anniversary.

'Even thought my weight loss was mainly from dieting, I'm never going to stop working out.

'It releases stress,' says Mariah, who says she'd like to return to her 2008 weight. I know I'm not going to look my thinnest every day, but I know how to get back there if I want to.'

Changing shapes: Mariah pictured last April days before giving birth and, right, last month having trimmed down

Happy families: After a difficult pregnancy, Mariah Carey, pictured with husband Nick Cannon, is relishing motherhood to twins Moroccan and Monroe

Speaking to Rosie, she explained of her fight back to form: 'In the beginning, when I first had the babies, I had so much edema … water and swelling.

'Most pregnant woman have that just in their feet,' she explained.

'One day I was doing my thank-you notes and I noticed it started rising up the leg, so I had edema (oedema) I didn't think I would ever be the same person.'

Arriving in style: Mariah Carey made an appearance on Rosie O'Donnell's OWN television programme The Rosie Show last night where she talked about losing 70lbs since giving birth to twins in April

Looking good: The 42-year-old singer showed off her svelte figure in a short mini-dress and cleavage-baring leather jacket

Mariah said it was not just her appearance that gave her the motivation to get back into shape.

Daily tasks, such as going to the bathroom, were also difficult for the diva.
'I had a really tough pregnancy. I was supposed to be on bed rest, but it was so bad that even bed hurt,' she said.

'I learned a lot being pregnant, watching my body change.'
She added: 'The whole point of this is not just like: "Oh, hey, look at me and my weight loss, I'm fantastic." It's really health.'

Weight loss secrets: Mariah Carey reveals to this week's issue of Us Weekly how she slimmed down after giving birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe



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