"But it's soy cheese and turkey chili ... so it's somewhat safe," the actress concedes

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 18, 2007 02:45 PM
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Jenny McCarthy is just like everybody else when it comes to her fitness regime: diet and exercise – and home workout equipment that she doesn’t really use for its proper purpose.

“It mostly dries my clothes,” the actress, 34, admits to PEOPLE, “but that’s where I work out.”

She also reveals another guilty secret. “I have my once-a-month nachos,” she says, “but it’s soy cheese and turkey chili on it, so it’s somewhat safe. But it’s still a big vice for me, because I have a big bowl of it.”

The splurging doesn’t stop there. “And when I travel,” she says, “I like to take advantage of room service. I’m really into eggs Benedict in the morning.”

Yet staying in shape is on her mind. “I’m still on the Weight Watchers kind of thing, so I just kind of remembered and started counting my points again throughout the day,” she says. “Fruits are zero points, vegetables are zero points, so I make sure I use that to bulk up, and then make sure I have my protein. I usually have my protein at lunch and my carbs at night – I don’t mix protein and carbs.”

Looking very toned, very slim, and very good at the first anniversary party of the mur.mur nightclub inside Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa last weekend, McCarthy – making the scene without boyfriend Jim Carrey – also expressed her opinion on how unattractive too-skinny can be.

“You’re always gonna have your anorexics and you’re always gonna have your bulimics,” she said. “I’m hoping that young girls will look up to the girls that are the size 4, 6, and 8’s, and know that super super skinny is not pretty – just ask any guy!”

And if they still don’t believe her, McCarthy advises, “Ask the guy, ‘Do you think that skin and bones running on the beach is attractive?’ They’ll say, ‘Hell no!’ ”

Reported by HAIWEN LU