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Mariah Carey Talks About Her 70lb Weight Loss To Us Magazine…

by Erika Nicole Kendall

…and her hubby talks to Men’s Health Magazine. Shirtless. Pardon me as I lift my glass to that.

I don’t even know which to talk about first. Phew.

From Us Magazine:

Six months after welcoming twins Moroccan and Monroe, Mariah Carey has lost 30 pounds — and shows off her toned legs and flat stomach in size-6 short-shorts on the stunning new cover of Us Weekly, out now.

“I gained an enormous amount of weight,” the Grammy-winner superstar tells Us of welcoming her son and daughter April 30 with hubby Nick Cannon.

How’d she slim down? Beginning in July, Carey buckled down with a nutritionist and a workout plan from Jenny (formerly Jenny Craig), keeping to a 1,500-calorie-a-day menu and thrice-weekly workouts.

“I feel incredible,” the “Fly Like a Bird” singer tells Us, three months after her body transformation began. She and Cannon, 31, famously struggled to conceive their twins (born via C-section at 35 weeks) after a heartbreaking miscarriage.

“It was a huge blessing to be able to have the babies,” Carey says, “But I felt trapped in my body because I couldn’t move.”

Adds the once-again svelte star: “I’m proud of how hard I worked to get my body back…I had to do this for me.”

She also made an appearance on Rosie O’Donnell’s new show to talk about the weight, her pregnancy and her health:

During their conversation, she told Rosie about her shocking body transformation saying,

“In the beginning, when I first had the babies, I had so much edema … water and swelling. Most pregnant woman have that just in their feet.  One day I was doing my thank-you notes and I noticed it started rising up the leg, so I had edema. … I didn’t think I would ever be the same person.”

So how did that affect her famous figure?

“The first week, I lost 40 lbs. … of just water.  It was just water, initially. When I started with the program, I lost at least 30 lbs. of weight that needed to be lost.”

And though she’s all smiles when talking about Moroccan and Monroe now, she reveals being pregnant was a rough experience.

“I had a really tough pregnancy.  I was supposed to be on bed rest, but it was so bad that even bed hurt.  I learned a lot being pregnant, watching my body change.”

And on the weight journey, she says,

“The whole point of this is not just like: ‘Oh, hey, look at me and my weight loss, I’m fantastic.’ It’s really health. Like I said, I learned it when I became helpless and felt so vulnerable like never before in my life.”

Now… a songbird… who loses weight… of course you know what happens next, right? Madame Paula spotted it:

From JennyCraig.com:

“Jenny Craig® is excited to announce Mariah Carey as its newest brand ambassador. Mariah, like Jenny, hopes that by living as an example, and by teaching healthy habits, we can start to make a change. We can educate, raise awareness, and create a movement for a healthier life.” PC Addendum: For a small fee of either your left arm, or right leg.

Numerous weight loss-focused companies reached out, following the birth of her twins Morrocan and Monroe, for spokesperson-ship. But it was only after a call with Jenny executives, that she felt a special “kinship.” I guess that’s what we’re calling the dynamic of whoever has the biggest check?

I love Mimi – how can you not love the woman who brought us “these chickens is ash, and I’m lotion?” – and I’m happy she’s finally found some peace. Now, if they get her wailing on a commercial, too…

On another note, can we take a moment to just…

Nah, let me stop. I’m including Nick in here because he said something beautiful that I think we all could stand to read, here:

MH: A lot of men say they lose some of their mojo after settling down and starting a family.

NC: Oh man, I think it’s the exact opposite. Obviously my wife has made me such a better person. She’s made me more attentive. She’s made me more detail-oriented. She’s made me more caring and loving. And from that, I’ve become sexier. I’ve noticed that I get a lot more attention now. After all, they always say that married men are more attractive than single men.

MH: But how does someone who feels that way—like they’ve lost the very essence of what makes them a man—regain his mojo while still honoring the commitments he has made?

NC: Change your outlook. What was important to you as a single man should no longer be important, and if you’re trying to hold on to your single-man values, then you’re definitely going to be down in the dumps and depressed. To me, it’s easy being a single dude. But to be able to be a leader and the head of a household, that’s a true accomplishment right there. You can’t worry about what the grass looks like on the other side of the fence, especially when you’ve been in that grass before, and you know what it has to offer.

MH: Mariah’s such a strong-willed woman with really high standards. What advice do you have for men who want to date someone like that?

NC: I think it takes a strong man to be in a relationship with a strong woman. A lot of people hear the word “diva” and think of it as a negative. I see it as a positive. I want somebody who knows what they want out of life and isn’t afraid to show it. Confidence is probably the sexiest thing to me, and my wife is definitely confident. But it can be intimidating if you’re not a strong individual—and I’m up for the task.

Love that. Love them!


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IrieDiva November 10, 2011 - 10:35 AM

i do love them but i can’t help be critical of mimi’s belly. i don’t believe it really looks like that after carrying them babies! at least, not without some snip snip help

Tachae November 10, 2011 - 11:06 AM

They probably just photoshopped her.

Erika Nicole Kendall November 10, 2011 - 11:18 AM

Play nice!


KjenNu November 13, 2011 - 8:57 AM

No shade, but I do believe any media-produced celebrity image I see nowadays has been photoshopped. Not that they erase 70 lbs., but they definitely “enhance”/”clean up” celebrity figures for their photos.

But I also think that she had the mommy tuck when she had her surgery. She’s free to do so, but I wish she would mention it as well. (Why? I refer to the Star Jones syndrome here – if they were able to accomplish their results totally without medical intervention, they would have shouted it from the rooftops, but since not….crickets).

Diet, exercise and good genes and execllent plastic surgeon.
I just feel we should be honest about everybody’s “winning” formula.

Mariah Lover February 6, 2014 - 8:56 PM

I’m very proud of Mariah. She has overcome so much and to loose this weight and feel and look good makes me happy for her. I’m not just saying this because I’m a lamb(what she calls her fans) but because I believe in my idol. She is truly my inspiration,everyday of my life, ever since I could remember she’s been in my life. Not to mention Nick…he’s adorable what can I say? My celebrity crush for sure!Plus the fact that he follows me on Twitter shows his heart. He’s a sweet guy. I love Nick and Mariah.


Mariposa December 13, 2011 - 2:14 PM

I was wondering the same thing. I had four large babies & I need a tummy tuck. She may have had it done right after the delivery of the babies…cosmetic surgeon on standby. Wish I could afford one.

JoAnna November 10, 2011 - 2:33 PM

Mariah Carey’s career is singing and looking good. So her expenses probably include an exclusive personal trainer and chef. Same with Halle Berry and Demi Moore. And oh! J.Lo. All their careers are based mostly on their looks, so they have to do what it takes to look good. The rest of us (general population) have to worry about fitting in time to exercise and eat properly AFTER/around the necesary work to take of the bills. No hatin’, just a fact.

Thinkpink November 10, 2011 - 3:07 PM

Exactly JoAnna. Whenever I see these post pregnancy weight loss stories I always think of Koutney Kardashian who exposed the truth behind it all. She had a cover agreement with US Magazine before she even gave birth that she would have to do a story like this. On a episode of her show she was working out hours a day and hardly eating so she could fulfill her obligation to the mag. She fainted because of it and was taken to an emergency room but that still didn’t stop her from taking drastic measures to lose the weight. These people are in show business and it is “literally” their business to snap their bodies into shape quickly after a pregnancy. Kourtney and many other celebs I’m sure…capitalize off the “I just had a baby” situation by losing weight quickly and making a profit off of it via Jenny Craig, magazine covers etc…

MotorCityMoxie November 10, 2011 - 9:08 PM

Nick is lookin’ good. You hear me? I always thought he was attractive anyway. Mariah is always glowing. I like them and he seems to make her happy. I can respect his growth and transition from singlehood to married life. Both his response and outlook is admirable.

Angela Mays November 11, 2011 - 12:39 AM

I’m glad she was able to lose the weight. It’s difficult losing weight after having a baby esp after 40. I’m still working on getting back in shape after having a baby at 41. Although Im below my pre preg weight I have set goals to be more tone and defined and that takes a lot of work. So if she was able to get there in 6 mos then my hats off to her cuz I’m not there yet and my baby is 2 yo. I’m close to my goal but it hasnt been easy.

Axelle November 11, 2011 - 11:44 AM

Er… “Leader and head of a household”…? Excuse me? Are we still there in the 21 century? My, my….

Rene November 12, 2011 - 12:47 PM

My husband certainly is the leader of our household and it takes a certain level of maturity and respect and love for your wife and family to rise to that. Its an amazing thing to see. Leader of household doesn’t mean he’s the dictator and men who think that way, make it that much harder for the real men to step up and do what they need to do. So many women don’t understand the true value in a husband who is able to be head of household.
To the post – I love Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon together. I am so happy for their family and I wish them nothing but the best!

Axelle November 12, 2011 - 11:59 PM

Sorry, but no. I fail to see why a household should have any leader at all, save for the 2 adults who started it.
It’s not about dictatorship, it’s about ending cut and dry gender roles and gender stereotypes. A man is no more responsible or wise than a woman is.
And in the likelihood that a leader was indeed needed, I fail to see why a woman couldn’t be in this position.
In this light, why should woman “understand” a man should “lead”?

Afrostyling November 14, 2011 - 1:29 PM

Obviously being the leader and head of the household is working out for them. I see nothing wrong with a man being the leader as long as he has proven that he deserves that position and can be trusted to do whats right. When it comes to marriage, you have to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. Nick is obviously the protector of the family and there is nothing wrong with it.

Rene November 15, 2011 - 9:40 AM

The understanding I referred to is from a biblical standpoint. But truly it does depend on the couple – each couple must do what is right for their family. It doesn’t mean nor did anyone say that a woman can’t or shouldn’t do it. I’m happy for them and wish them the best. Marriage isn’t always easy and only made more difficult when struggling through miscarriages and fertility treatments. Not to mention the world watching and critics throwing out their opinion on every decision they make for their family.

Y h March 24, 2012 - 7:09 AM

It is in the bible. I agree Afro styling. My husband is the head of the household and God is the head of our lives but he doesn’t act nor treat me as if we are unequal in any way.

Erika Nicole Kendall March 25, 2012 - 11:26 PM

In all fairness, not everyone here ascribes to the same religion, and I’d like us to acknowledge that while some of us share certain beliefs in regards to religion, some of us also do not. So if we can agree to disagree, here, that’d be great. 🙂

Rosie November 12, 2011 - 3:28 PM

Forget Mariah! I never liked Nick Cannon but daaaammmmnn look at that chest

Jewel November 12, 2011 - 4:00 PM

Yay! I love MiMi 🙂 I am happy for them!

Chells January 9, 2013 - 4:39 PM

I think Mariah Carey is an amazing artist and I am happy that she has found a great husband and has two healthy, beautiful babies. How she lost the weight is not a big concern to me. I commend her for using the resources that were available to her and making the effort. There are plenty of celebrities that have not taken that road and if they want to remain plump that’s their choice. I also commend Nick Cannon for being a role model and encouraging men to embrace the “responsibility in relationship” phase of their lives. #bravoteam

Kay January 12, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Heeeeeeeey Nick! Lookadat body…uh uh…lookadat body! Lol. I love that he said he is the head of his household. Makes his picture look all the more better. And Mariah looks good! I feel for her having to carry twins, especially being on bedrest. Bedrest totally makes one feel helpless. A tough part about being a mother (for me)was feeling like a woman again (not just an overweight milk dispenser)…so I’m glad she feels like she has her body.

christine January 25, 2013 - 8:33 AM

Yawns! Let’s see you had a trainer come to your house, someone cook your food,someone to clean your house and someone to take care of the kids. I’m glad she’s happy with her weight loss, but I’m not impressed. Give me Mary holding down a job and family doing that and then I’ll tip my hat

Jamilah January 25, 2013 - 8:33 AM

Nick’s a father now, so that makes him a leader of his home. It does not negate Mimi’s leadership, as well. In any team, there is a team leader, I’m just sayin’…

Shon March 19, 2013 - 7:41 AM

I’m not trying to sound like I’m are hatin’, but after seeing and reading articles like this sees like crap. Let’s be real how many cook, clean, don’t have the time to do a good regime like the average person? I love article where the average mom is holding down the house on there own.We really have to schedule our lives around our families no maid or nanny. When I started subscribing to your site I became truly impressed about what I reading and how relateable it seems to me
with the exercises, recipes,and all the knowledgeable tips. Keep it going!!! I’ve only lost a few pounds, but with the movtivation on this site I expect to lose a lot more!

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