Julianne Hough talks about learning to love her curves after restrictively eating as a teen in the new issue of SHAPE
Abs and pizza CAN go together!
“I love my shape because I feel strong and fit, and that makes me feel confident,” Hough says in the new issue of SHAPE magazine, on newsstands Aug. 16.
“When I look at pictures of myself when I was 19, my body was bangin’, but I was killing myself. I was working out two and a half hours a day and eating the bare minimum to survive. I was so miserable. I wasn’t healthy. To be honest, I looked like a kid. Now I’m embracing the fact that I’m a woman with curves.”
And that means indulging in her favorite cheat food – pizza – even if people may not believe it because of her ripped abs.
“E! News recently posted a picture of me coming out of the gym, and there were all these comments about the photo, like, ‘We could have abs like this, but we love pizza too much.’ I started laughing because pizza is my favorite food. I eat it a lot!” Hough says.
“I want everyone to know that I’m not Miss Perfect. You can cheat every once in a while, and that’s okay. You can still have a fit body as long as you work out regularly and eat relatively healthfully throughout your life.”
For Hough, healthy eating means staying away from packaged foods.
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“I try to stick with foods that don’t come in boxes. I don’t want a whole paragraph of ingredients in my body,” she says. “Brooks [her fiancé, Toronto Maple Leafs player Brooks Laich] and I generally eat protein and veggies. For a boost of energy, I mix in quinoa or rice sometimes.”
“If Brooks had his way, we’d have steamed chicken and broccoli every day. That’s too boring for me, and when I get bored I tend to binge eat. Last night we made baked salmon with rosemary and lemon and broccoli, onions, and cherry tomatoes. It took only 20 minutes and was really delicious.”
Protein-packed meals plus her typical workout routine – five days of hard-core classes like Tracy Anderson or Body by Simone – are key for Hough’s fitness. But she makes sure to leave Sunday as a “reboot day.”
“I relax, enjoy the day and get mentally and spiritually prepared for the week,” she says. “It gets me excited for what’s ahead.”