Hilary Duff is fitter than ever and said her bikini-body weight loss secrets are a balanced diet and rigorous workouts that include yoga, kickboxing, Pilates and weight training.
Duff, who once battled anorexia, now refuses to resort to starvation diets to stay skinny. “I rely on grown-woman food,” Hilary told Shape.
“I’d rather have someone pull my fingernails off than hunker down and go on an actual diet. It’s so hard for me! My sister Haylie and I once considered doing a baby-food diet, but it just sounded too disgusting.”
Duff exercises three days a week, saying it helps her look and feel her best. To keep her fitness routine fresh, Hilary mixes up her workouts.
“I go three times a week and mix it up every time,” said Duff. “I work out with weighted balls, battle ropes and big rubber bands. I do this thing with a sledgehammer where I swing it and hit a rubber block, and it gets out all of my aggressions. Everyone is like, ‘Uh-oh, Hilary’s got the hammer. Get out of the way!’”
Duff, who gave birth to son Luca in 2012, said her post-baby weight loss secrets were a portion-controlled diet, yoga and boxing workouts.
Hilary said weight loss did not come quickly for her, as it did for other celebrity moms. “Everyone was so hard on me because it took me a year and a half to get my body back!” said Duff.
Still, Hilary’s glad she lost weight without resorting to extreme starvation diets or excessive exercise because she once suffered from the eating disorder anorexia and actually got too skinny at one point.
“When I was 17, I weighed 98 pounds,” said Duff, who’s 5-foot-2. “I was totally obsessed with everything I put in my mouth. I was way too skinny. And my body wasn’t that healthy.”
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While celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox lost weight on the low-carb Atkins, ketogenic and Paleo diets, Duff eats everything, but in small amounts.
“I feel most healthy when I enjoy small bites of the things I love,” said Hilary. “I used to feel bad about eating French fries. But you have to think, ‘That’s OK, I’ll eat healthier tomorrow.'”
Hilary, 27, said she has finally learned to embrace her athletic figure instead of constantly wishing she had a different body type. Looking back, Duff said her biggest health regret was constantly worrying she was too fat or didn’t look good enough.
Duff now has a more balanced approach to diet and exercise, and as a result, feels more beautiful than ever. These days, Hilary stays fit by following a sensible, portion-controlled diet that includes her favorite food: cheese.
“The key to a happy life is cheese,” said Hilary. “I can’t say no to it! There’s a cheese shop in Beverly Hills, and my car is like a magnet to it. Luca is crazy about it, too. Love the cheese!”
Duff, a former Disney star, said growing up in Hollywood magnifies the pressure to be super-skinny, but she has learned to love her body.
“There’s so much pressure to always have it together, and I’m not falling for it,” Hilary said. “You see supermodels who have babies, and the next week they look as if they were never pregnant. That was not the case with me. Some days I feel great, others I feel pretty normal, and that’s acceptable.”
Duff is divorced from former NHL player Mike Comrie, the father of their two-year-old, Luca. Hilary said co-parenting has worked out well for them because they love and respect each other.