New mom Jessica Simpson has been open about her battle to lose her baby weight, and RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that she was so desperate at one point to get back in shape that she sought out an extreme surgical method to slim down - but was turned down by doctors.
"After having her daughter Maxwell, Jessica felt there was no way she could ever lose the weight on her own because she has struggled so much in the past and her post partum weight seemed to be growing," a close friend of the fashion designer and singer told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
"So like a true Hollywood girl, she sought out a quick surgical fix - lap band surgery!"
However, health experts wisely advised the Dukes of Hazzard star that a quick fix wasn't the answer following the May 1 birth, and after seeking out two different doctors for opinions, "she was persuaded to keep pushing to do it the natural way," said her pal.
Instead of going under the knife, 32-year-old Jessica has been blasting off the 70 pregnancy pounds by working out with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and sticking to her Weight Watchers eating plan, for which she is a spokesperson .
"There is a lot of pressure to lose weight but I’m not a supermodel. I’m just Jessica trying to eat real food in the real world," she tells viewers in the new commercials for the popular diet plan.
Friends are relieved that Jessica is successfully slimming down on her own, as they had feared that after once being so toned and ripped for her action roles that her weight woes would catapult her into post partum depression.
"She has had to deal with the blues in the past," revealed the insider. "So everyone was thrilled that she has avoided PPD.
"With the doctors' words and her friends' encouragement, she is finally shedding the pounds without surgery!"
Request for comment from Jessica's reps was not returned.