She works hard to avoid "being fat" – but sometimes deserves a treat, says the star

By Paul Chi
Updated February 25, 2009 08:15 AM

Like many people, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus admits she struggles when it comes to maintaining her weight.

“I have to work at not being fat,” Louis-Dreyfus, 48, tells Shape in its April edition. “I’m always trying different things to see what sticks.”

Whether it’s running for four miles at a park or jumping on the elliptical machine at home, the New Adventures of Old Christine star says finding balance between her indulgences and discipline helps her stay slim – and sane.

“I feel like I deserve a treat when I work hard,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “It’s important to give yourself a little of what you really want so you don’t feel like you’re in food prison.”

So what does the former Seinfeld star indulge in? “I have a chocolate drawer in my desk where I keep treats at all times,” she says. “As long as I can have one or two pieces, I’m fine.”

So is there anything she simply can’t resist? “My biggest food vice is bacon,” Louis-Dreyfus confesses. “In fact, I don’t keep bacon in my house – that would be way too tempting.”