Tori Spelling lost 45 pounds just eight months after giving birth to her fourth child in August 2012. In media interviews, Spelling credited a healthy diet and swimming workouts for her impressive weight loss.
In reality, she slimmed down by following an extreme low-calorie diet and didn't exercise at all, Us reported Oct. 29.
In her new memoir, "Spelling It Like It Is," Tori confessed that she had lied about her post-baby diet and workout regimen under pressure from her publicist, who didn't want Spelling to be criticized for basically starving herself and not exercising.
"I really don't exercise much, period," she wrote. "So I took off my weight the old-fashioned way: I like to call it the 'Just Keep Your F--king Mouth Shut and Eat Air' diet. It's all the rage.
My publicist had given me clear instructions about what to say about my weight loss. Women didn't want to know that I had lost weight through dieting, not exercising. I didn't want to be the a--hole who didn't work for it, so I said that I swam. It was sort of a bad choice. I can't do much more than a doggy paddle."
Spelling's admission may come as a surprise to some, but not to actresses like "Cougar Town" star Nicole Sullivan, who said Hollywood moms routinely lie about their diet and workout regimens. "They all lie and say, 'Oh, I lost the weight running after the kids or breastfeeding.' It's not true!" she said.
In reality, many actresses and models chain-smoke, starve themselves, and take drugs (like appetite-suppressants) on top of exercising obsessively to lose weight after having a baby or just to maintain their slender figures.
As it is, fitness experts say diet trumps exercise when it comes to weight loss. So while Spelling's low-calorie diet may not have been the healthiest way to lose weight, it was definitely the most effective.
"It is all about your diet," said the "Biggest Loser" star Bob Harper. "I used to think a long time ago that you can beat everything you eat out of you, and it's just absolutely not the case."