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Ciara is continuing her snap back tour by slaying the September cover of Shape magazine. The busy mommy, who is currently promoting her sixth studio album, Jackie, says boxing workouts with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson (who is also responsible for helping Khloe Kardashian lose weight), and a low-carb diet are what whipped her back into Shape.

Ciara’s son Future Zahir is a little over one-year-old, but she opened up about losing her post-pregnancy weight.  She says she dropped 60lbs in four months with a lot of hard work and dedication.

“After he was born — when I couldn’t exercise yet —  I kept eating, and I gained 60 pounds,” Ciara tells Shape.

However, the moment the doctor told her she could get back in the gym, she got back on the treadmill, and worked out two or three times a day, including one intense session with Peterson.

“Five days a week, Gunnar puts me through an hour-long plyometric cardio circuit that always includes boxing elements,” Ciara says. “What’s amazing is that you’re getting three-in-one training; it’s hitting your muscles, it’s a cardiovascular workout, and it’s a mental exercise. You have to be super focused when you’re boxing. After I’ve done a few rounds, I feel as if I can conquer the world.”

Ciara added that her intense workouts weren’t enough. She also had to focus on how she ate. So, instead of her “Tasmanian Devil” diet, she began eating five to eight nutrient-rich, low-carb meals a day, but says she didn’t deprive herself of occasional indulgences, and also drank lots of water.

It wasn’t easy, but Ciara says her mantra for motivation was, “Success begins with self-belief.”

This is motivational and all, but it’s so much easier when you can just have an amazing trainer on call.

Doesn’t it make you sick when celebs claim they still indulged in treats here and there? Meanwhile, when the rest of us eat one french fry, we’ve set ourselves back like 10 lbs.

Oh, Cici, you make us sick!

Just kidding (kind of), werk it girl!

By the way, did you catch her on LIVE With Kelly and Michael?


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