Nine months after giving birth to octuplets, single mom Nadya Suleman is back into her pre-baby jeans after losing a staggering 145 pounds -- without the help of a trainer or plastic surgery.
"I topped 270 pounds while pregnant," the controversial 34-year-old mother of 14 kids -- Elijah, 8; Amerah, 7; Joshua, 6; Aidan, 4; twins Calyssa and Caleb, 3; and 9-month-old octuplets Josiah, Makai, Jeremiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Noah, Maliyah and Isaiah, tells the new issue of Us Weekly.
And though she easily snapped back into a size two after her other pregnancies, getting back into shape after welcoming eight babies wasn't easy. "I was eating everything in sight," she explains.
Instantly erasing 40 pounds after delivering her octuplets, Suleman says she felt compelled to join a local gym after their birth. There, she fits in thrice-weekly midnight workouts (while a nanny watches over her sleeping children) with strength training but no cardio. "I get enough of that with the kids," Suleman, who gets by on three hours of sleep, tells Us.
But don't think workouts alone got the 5-foot-7 mom down to 125 lbs. -- Suleman maintains a strict diet, too.
Five protein-packed meals or snacks a day normally consist of "anything the kids are eating." Food staples in the Suleman household? Oatmeal, sushi, turkey, and even homemade baby food. "As long as it's nutritious, it's good to eat," the busy mom explains.
"Even my Ob-Gyn is astounded at how I've snapped back," says Suleman, who did not seek any surgical help for her weight. "And she knows I haven't had anything done!"