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Tori Spelling’s Baby Weight Loss Lies: Why She Starved Herself To Drop The Pounds

PUBLISHED ON 11/06/2013

Two, four, six, three, Donna Martin lied to me!

In her new memoir, Spelling It Like It Is, Tori Spelling confesses that she lied in US Weekly last year when she said she exercised to take the baby weight off. Among her fibs:

Lie #1: She said swam off 45 pounds, doing laps in her home pool and playing Marco Polo with her kids.

The truth:"I can't do much more than a doggy paddle," she reveals in her new book.

Lie #2: She said that her husband was preparing her elaborate gourmet meals… and she was indulging in them ("We call ourselves the foodie family — we love food!") but that she was mostly incorporating fish, veggies and soups into her diet, along with “sensible” snacks like rice cakes, edamame and avocado.

The truth:"…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."

To recap, she told the public that she lost the weight by sweating it out in the pool, when in fact, she cannot swim. And she said she was following a healthy diet along with some yummy indulgences, when she was actually intentionally starving herself.

Look, Spelling is hardly the first celeb to lie about her weight loss tactics, and she won’t be the last. In her memoir, she blames the tall tale on her publicist, who apparently had delivered specific instructions about what to tell the media regarding her post-baby weight loss. I appreciate her candor and am sure Hollywood publicists know how to lay on the pressure, but this might be too little too late. Millions of women — many of them new moms themselves — read that US Weekly cover story and no doubt beat themselves up for not being able to shed their own baby weight through frequent trips to the Y and a satisfying afternoon snack of carrot sticks and guac. Spelling claims that "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."

But I think women — and especially moms — would rather be told the truth , however much it sucks, than lied to in such a blatant fashion. I remember Anne Hathway once said in an interview that she was preparing for her role as Catwoman by "iving on kale and dust." Does that sound fun or glamorous? No. But it’s real, and I appreciated her being so frank. Amanda Seyfried, too, has been upfront, calling her diet, "…intense. And sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach. Just Spinach. Spinach and some seeds." Again, the truth stinks, but at least it’s the truth.

Do you think Tori Spelling did moms any favors by lying about her postbaby body?

PHOTO: Us Weekly