From Brooke Burke's dancing abs to Rihanna's kickin' curves, I've rounded up the top reasons to skip the frosted holiday cookies and the eggnog this season.
And while it takes limitless self-control to stay in the rock-hard shape that all of the celebrities on this list boast, I'm giving special props to the perfectly sculpted bodies of moms Halle Berry, Heidi Klum and Brooke Burke. Because looking utterly stunning after having babies takes will power to a whole new level.
Here's my list of the prettiest celebrity bodies and the tricks and tips that keep these women tight, toned and totally hot.
A testament to the power of a hot body, TV personality Brooke Burke launched her career by looking great in a bikini. According to her blog, Burke stays fit by eating five small meals a day, avoiding white flour and, of course, shaking her booty rigorously on Dancing With the Stars. And this new mom, who raised eyebrows after appearing stunningly svelte just four weeks after the birth of her fourth child, also swears by belly wraps called Tauts ($56 to $62); sold online at Burke's own Web site, babooshbaby.com.
Halle Berry herself sees the irony in being named Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive" in 2008, the same year that 42-year-old Berry gave birth to her first child. Berry, who thanked the magazine for "thinking outside of the box," proves that while a little self-deprication can be very sexy, the real work is done behind the scenes. Eating an uber-healthy diet of veggies, lean protein, and complex carbs while drinking tons of water, Berry also works out five days a week with trainer Ramona Braganza.
She's been on my list many times for her shapely 'dos, but Rihanna's haute looks are even hotter below the neck. It takes a special woman to sport head-to-toe leather, and there's no denying that Rihanna works hard to fit into her Size 2 pants. The singer does tons of cardio, eating frequent small, high protein meals and skipping carbs, declaring that "carbs are the enemy!"
What to say when asked to hit the runway for Victoria's Secret just eight short weeks after giving birth? For model, actor and Project Runway host Heidi Klum, the answer was a resounding yes. A-list trainer and nutritionist David Kirsch helps. While Klum admits that she doesn't love working out, the super stunner committed to 90-minute workouts after baby No. 3 as well as eating small, frequent meals to keep her metabolism burning calories all day long.