When it comes to celebrities and diets, there are two distinct categories: High Maintenance Mission Impossible - and Achievable Weight Loss Plans. In the first category, we have celebrities telling you to follow diets consisting of 12 almonds, 3/8 cup of a specific brand of Greek yogurt and three hours of exercise daily. And in the second, there are the rare stars like Jessica Simpson, who turned to Weight Watchers and walking to take off her baby weight, reported the Chicago Sun Times on Dec. 25.
Jessica set a goal for herself that focused on using a pedometer to measure her steps, aiming for 10,000 steps per day.
She told reporters that walking eased her anxiety and made her "a happier person to be around." Her goal: "Walk about four miles a day consistently. It makes me feel better."
Jessica has lost more than 50 pounds, first shedding the weight in her first post-pregnancy experience with Weight Watchers, then repeating the process after her second pregnancy.
So what role does her daily four-mile walk play in her weight loss?
"Walking is great exercise," says Boston-area sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, author of "Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook."
"You can do it in small increments and build it into your lifestyle."
One mile burns about 100 calories for a woman who weighs between 120 and 150 pounds, according to Clark. By tracking your steps like Jessica, you can motivate yourself with your calorie burn.
But diet counts too. Jessica used the new Weight Watchers "Simple Start," according to the company. It's designed to allow dieters to customize their meals from a list of foods that they call "PowerFoods." The key is simplicity.
And for those who remember the old days of Weight Watchers that required endless measuring and cooking, Weight Watchers emphasizes that the new approach requires no measuring.