Megan Fox showed off her stunning post-baby weight loss just five months after giving birth to her second son on the August 2014 cover of Cosmopolitan.
Megan, who's hailed for her sultry beauty, said the secret to effortless sex appeal is self-confidence. "Women don’t have to be desperate and try so hard," said Fox, 28. "Allow yourself to be strong and powerful and men will be crawling on their hands and knees."
Of course, when you look like Megan, having men fall all over you is an everyday occurrence. Fox, who has regained her hot pre-pregnancy body in short order, is a follower of the low-carb Paleo diet, which emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods.
Judging by her slim figure, it's hard to tell the brunette bombshell just gave birth in February. But given Megan's track record, her rapid weight loss isn't surprising.
In 2012, Fox regained her slender pre-baby body just two months after giving birth to her first son, Noah. Megan gained just 23 pounds during her first pregnancy and shed the weight quickly by following the dairy-free Paleo diet.
Paleo Diet Shown Twice as Effective for Weight Loss
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a huge celebrity following, including Tim McGraw (who credits it for his jaw-dropping 40-pound weight loss), "True Blood" hunk Joe Manganiello, and Victoria's Secret supermodel Adriana Lima.
Research suggests the low-carb Paleo diet promotes weight loss without calorie restriction, lowers blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer's. TV star Jack Osbourne and singer Chad Vaccarino both use the Paleo diet to treat their multiple sclerosis.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
The two-year study tracked 70 overweight, post-menopausal women who were assigned either a low-fat diet or a low-carb (higher-fat) Paleo diet. Study participants were measured for weight, cholesterol and blood sugars after six months on their respective diets, and again after two years. The results showed the Paleo dieters lost significantly more weight (14 pounds) compared to the low-fat dieters (5.7 pounds).
What's more, the low-carb, high-fat Paleo dieters lost 4 inches from their waists after six months, compared to just 2 inches for the low-fat dieters. In previous studies, the Paleo diet has routinely beaten low fat diets at controlling cholesterol and diabetes.
The results are noteworthy because older women — especially those who are post-menopausal — have historically reported having a hard time losing weight, especially from their mid-sections, due to slower metabolisms and hormone disruptions.
"The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic," said fitness expert Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet.
Studies shows the Paleo diet works well for women because it reduces the blood sugar spikes and hormone surges that fuel overeating, mood swings and weight gain, said Nell Stephenson, author of Paleoista: Gain Energy, Get Lean.
Megan's Workouts Combine Cardio With Weight-Training
Fox's longtime trainer, Harley Pasternak, credited Megan's workouts during her pregnancy for her speedy post-baby weight loss. "We worked out throughout her entire pregnancy," Harley told People. "She was a model of health through the whole process."
Fox's workouts combine cardio exercise with strength-training and stretching. While Fox often downplays the efforts she takes to stay fit, she's actually quite conscientious when it comes to diet and exercise.
"Megan really educated herself big-time and had a great relationship with her physician so she really understood the safe boundaries of how to exercise and eat well during pregnancy," said Pasternak, who has trained Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, and Jessica Simpson.
Fox and her husband, actor Brian Austin Green, both make a healthy diet a top priority. "Megan and Brian eat really well," said Pasternak, author of The Body Reset Diet. "They both cook and love using their blender. Megan's favorite is the red smoothie, which is whatever berries are in season, Chai tea, a scoop of protein powder and little bit of almond milk."