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Mariah: Being mum changed my diet

Mariah Carey has revealed she can no longer rely on working out in the gym to keep her fabulous figure since becoming a mother - she has had to start watching what she eats.

The 43-year-old singer - who had twins Moroccan and Monroe via Caesarean last April - showed off her taught stomach and toned legs on the cover of Shape magazine, but admitted keeping in shape wasn't easy.

Mariah said: "Pregnancy was probably the best and the hardest thing I'll ever go through. I know for a lot of women, it can be wonderful and relatively easy. But for me, it was like 'Okay, honey, do you have to do everything the hard way?'"

She added: "I used to be able to slim down just by exercising more, but that's changed. Since having the babies, I realise that 90 per cent of losing weight is my diet."

The diva admitted she works hard to keep her figure.

"Today my workout routine is more about getting and staying toned. And for me, that means either taking hour-long walks a few times a week or jumping in the pool three or four days a week to do 45 minutes of aquatic exercises," she said.

Mariah also revealed her husband Nick Cannon, 31 - who was rushed to hospital in January with kidney failure and was found to be suffering a lupus-like autoimmune disease - is on the road to recovery.

She said: "It was really frightening, but he's feeling much stronger.

"He's taking better care of himself, eating a diet low in sodium and sugar, and getting more sleep."

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