Jenna Dewan-Tatum lost 33 pounds just seven weeks after giving birth to daughter Everly by following a vegan diet and doing cardio dance workouts, hiking and strength-training. Like other super-fit moms, Dewan-Tatum says the key to her rapid weight loss was exercising and eating well during pregnancy.
"I stayed in shape [throughout my pregnancy]," Jenna told Self Oct. 15. "I was working out almost every single day or walking or hiking, anything that made me feel good. My favorite workouts are anything that involves dance. If it's fun, I'll do it more, so I'm really drawn to dance."
I do a 35-minute hip-hop workout my trainer gave me. Chan laughs because he walks in on me doing my routine to Lil Wayne in the living room. He hasn't jumped in yet, but I'm going to have to work on that!"
Jenna, 32, is a longtime vegan and fitness fanatic who has always made eating well a top priority. Interestingly, her husband, Channing Tatum, tried to follow a vegan diet last year but lapsed after gaining weight on it. “I gained weight, because I don’t like vegetables, so I basically had to wrap them in bread,” said Tatum, 33.
Jenna says her husband is an amazing partner who was so supportive during pregnancy and afterward as she tried to lose her baby weight. "Channing is super-supportive," she said. "He can't stop saying how amazing it is what the woman's body goes through. Chan loves my new [curvier] figure. There's no complaints on his side, for sure!"
Dewan-Tatum, a former dancer, has become less obsessed with her weight since becoming a mom. "In the past, if my jeans weren't fitting right, I'd work out," she said." Now if they're not fitting right, I'm like 'Oh, well! I'll get to the gym soon.' "
As the Tatums navigate parenthood, one thing they agree on is they will never medicate their daughter if she winds up having a learning disability such as ADHD, which Channing was diagnosed with during childhood.
Tatum, who has dyslexia and ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder), took prescription drugs as a child to cope with his learning disabilities.
He said he experienced severe depression and emotional distress as he built up a tolerance for his ADHD medication and the drugs became progressively less effective. As a result of his harrowing experiences, Tatum vowed never to medicate his daughter.
"For a time, it would work well, then it worked less and my pain was more," he said. "I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”