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Jessica Simpson flaunts weight loss: Her sugar-free low-carb diet and fitness

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After suffering through media exposure when she gained weight during her pregnancy, Jessica Simpson is happily using social media to show off her post-baby weight loss success. She shared a photo of herself in a waist-whittling sleeveless black dress, reported the Mirror on Sunday.

Jessica gained 70 pounds during her first pregnancy and struggled to lose it. But Weight Watchers helped her take off the pounds, and she hopped back on the plan after she had her second baby.

Now Jessica's enjoying showing off her weight loss. She even posed in the car with her fiancé Eric Johnson while hiding from photographers, reported People magazine on Sunday.

"Hiding from the paparazzi, so why not pose for Eric?" Jessica posted. But although she's joyfully sharing her slim-down, Jessica has admitted that it wasn't easy.

"I will never understand why people give pregnant women such a hard time," Jessica told the New York Daily News. "We are creating a human life: I think we get every excuse in the world to eat a doughnut!"

To take off the weight following the birth of her second baby, Jessica enlisted celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak. His number one rule: Walk at least 1,200 steps daily and track it using a pedometer.

Jessica's not the only celebrity who has benefited from that advice. In an exclusive interview, "Extra" TV host Maria Menounos told me that Harley is her own secret weapon when it comes to weight loss.

Author of "The EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness: How I Lost 40 lbs and Kept It Off-And How You Can Too," Maria lost 40 pounds by following Harley's advice on how "to exercise without having to spend a lot of money," she told me enthusiastically.

"The pedometer was introduced to me by Harley Pasternak. Harley is a big believer in walking, and in striving to get in 10,000 steps a day and that's what I shoot for," she revealed in our interview.

Harley, author of "The Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat, and Shed Pounds in Just 15 Days," also emphasizes the reduced carbohydrates weight loss approach that worked for both Maria and Jessica. Because refined carbs such as pasta and bread cause blood sugar spikes, they can cause cravings that make it challenging for dieters to succeed.

In addition, Harley emphasizes the importance of shunning sugar to everyone who wants to lose weight. He recently described how a client walked into his gym with an enormous yogurt parfait.

The problem with that popular supposedly healthy breakfast? It has "hundreds of calories and grams of sugar," blogged Harley. Granola and yogurt often are loaded with sugar, and Harley warns that these combos can contain up to 1,000 calories.

Another celebrity trainer chanting the "no sugar no grains" mantra is Vinnie Tortich, author of "Fitness Confidential." Like Harley, he advises everyone to avoid sugar in any form and boost exercise to shed pounds and keep them off.

And Vinnie is even more adamant about the impact of sugar and grains. "They're killing you," he writes. Choose quality over quantity and you'll win your weight loss war.

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