James White/Health
Anya Leon
June 17, 2014 01:05 PM

Maria Menounos isn’t looking to put in any extra effort to achieve the perfect body.

The former Extra co-host admits underneath it all, she’s just a normal girl with a work-in-progress figure.

“If I were to take my jeans off right now, you would see pre-cellulite,” the reality star says in the July/August issue of Health magazine. “It doesn’t look that good, but I’m okay with that. We’re all human.”

If Menounos makes it a priority to firm up her figure, she has her eye on a few celebrities who make working out look good – really good. And she’s not afraid to let them know!

“Trust me: I’ll see Giuliana Rancic‘s Tweets in the morning and she’s like, at the gym at 4 a.m., and I’m thinking, ‘God bless you!’ I could never in a million years,” she says. “I never look at anybody’s body and think, ‘Oh my God, I hate her.’ What I do is admire.”

Although the Chasing Maria Menounos star is all about embracing the skin she’s in, her journey to total acceptance has been years of learning healthy habits.

Maria Menounos on the cover of Health
James White/Health

After giving herself a green light to eat whatever she wanted in college, the model found herself overweight. Menounos eventually dropped the pounds for a pageant, but soon realized being thin wasn’t the answer to all her problems.

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“Even though I was skinny, I was eating so poorly that I landed in the hospital for dehydration and nutrient issues,” she says. “I was in the hospital for a week with a rare intestinal infection. They thought I had SARS.”

It was there, in that hospital room in France, that Menounos made the decision to start fresh. “I wrote on a piece of paper, I will not compromise my health for anyone or anything ever again. I still have that note,” she says.

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