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Kendra Wilkinson Baskett Shares Her Post-Baby Diet Secrets: “I Have To Be In Shape. It's My Way Of Life!”

Tue, December 29, 2009 2:10pm EDT by Chloe Melas 5 Comments
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Are you trying to shed some holiday pounds? Here’s how Kendra dropped her baby weight!!

New mommy Kendra Wilkinson Baskett gave birth to her baby boy Hank IV just three weeks ago, Dec. 11 — and she’s already planning how to get her Playboy body back into tip-top shape!

“The doctor said I can’t exercise until after six weeks [due to a C-section], but getting up and down in the middle of the night — feeding him, changing him and soothing him when he’s been crying — is my ab workout already,” she dishes to OK Magazine. “I’ll have so much fun watching my body get back into shape. I was just laughing so hard that I was crying — because of how fat I was!”

Kendra is known for her amazing body, she was constantly working out while starring on The Girls Next Door. “I have to be in shape. It’s my way of life, what makes me happy,” she says.

At the height of Kendra’s pregnancy she weighed 163 lbs (she’s only 5’4!) and she had a ton of cravings! “I would order two cheeseburgers and 10-piece Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s and eat it all in 10 minutes,” she confesses. “But I’m not usually a big-time junk food eater.”

But now Kendra is choosing much more healthy options for her meals. She eats cereal for breakfast, and snacks on apples and Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters. “I’m all about eating a lot throughout the day. For lunch, I love salads, and sometimes I splurge on the fried chicken salad from Applebee’s,” she says. “I’m trying to cut out red meat, so for dinner I have grilled chicken — I don’t eat seafood — and veggies. I don’t like steamed vegetables. I like them raw.”

Kendra tells Ok! that she’s already lost 20 lbs thanks to her trainer of two years Jesse Brune from Bravo’s fitness show Work Out. She says, “He got me into the best shape of my life, so he’ll whip me back into shape in record time.”

Below is Kendra’s post-baby plan to get her body back into super shape!

The key is to eat everything in moderation, “It’s about portion control, healthy choices and not mixing proteins and carbs in the same meal because they digest differently,” says Jesse.


  • Combine cup of Special K with 1.4 cup of rice milk.
  • Grapefruit is good because of the citric acid.


  • Pizza but keep it vegetarian. Make your own with a whole wheat English muffin, light tomato sauce, and light cheese.
  • Spinach salad, high in iron good for new mommy’s.


  • Turkey burger, with fresh tomato and wrapped in lettuce with baked sweet potato fries.
  • Yes to pasta and no to preservatives. Whole wheat spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce and fresh parmesan.


  • Pistachios — 40 kernels.
  • Strawberries with fresh whipped cream.

Easy Workout:

  • Low impact cardio — walk on a treadmill at an incline of 7 speed of 27 for 45 minutes or hit the pool.

Upper body:

  • Using the pull-down machine do 12 reps of each for three circuit.
  • face away from the machine with abs tight and pull bar down behind your head and then return to the starting position.
  • Face the machine, with a wide grip lean back at an angle and pull bar to your chest then return to starting position.
  • Reverse your grip so palms are facing you and bring bar to your chest again then return to starting position.


  • Two sets of 20 for all leg workouts. First position squats — feet together at the heels turned out.
  • Second position squats – feet shoulder width a part with heels turned in and toes turned out.
  • Traditional squats- feet shoulder width a part and toes facing forward.
  • Lunges- taking turns on each leg.


  • Do two to three sets of 10 for the ab workout. Lie on your back on an incline bench and bring knees to chest then extend. legs out in front of you at a 45-degree angle and then repeat.

Got it? Now get to it!