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Updated December 03, 2020 03:48 PM
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Ali Larter

Ali Larter says she needed to shed 50 lbs. of post-pregnancy weight after the January birth of her second child, Vivienne Margaret, for one very important reason: so she could run from zombies on the set of her new movie, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

“The way that my body looks is an essential part of my job,” Larter explains in a new post on her website, where she details her dramatic post-pregnancy weight loss. “What goes up while pregnant, must come down to believably play a woman struggling to survive in the desert of a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic world where there just plain isn’t food!”

Larter admits that “losing weight is hard” especially when you’re a mother struggling to find time for herself.

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“I LOVE to eat, so I have to make time for exercise. I often work a 12-hour day only to return home, put my babies to sleep, and only then pay penance for the enormous cheeseburger I ate at lunch by spending 30 minutes in the gym,” Larter says. “It’s not my favorite thing at times, but it’s how I’ve chosen to manage my ever-intensifying addiction to eating things, and fortunately I’ve found the balance.”

Whenever Larter struggled to motivate herself to squeeze in a post-cheeseburger workout, she simply had to stop thinking about it and just do it, she says.

“Usually, if I can just start, I can make it to 40 minutes, and I’ve never once regretted working out. How many things can you say that about? Between the demands of my 2 kids and my crazy career, it’s the only thing other than sex that I sometimes resist getting into but am always – ALWAYS – happy I did.”

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Larter goes on to detail her precise meal and fitness plan. For the first three months after giving birth, the actress simply ate healthfully, did Pilates, took long walks and breastfed her daughter, which she loved. (“It helped me strip off the weight,” she insists.)

She then intensified her exercise plan to include Pilates twice a week, hot yoga once a week and treadmill work three times a week.

As for her diet, Larter drank a huge amount of water – but also made a few other nutritional tweaks.

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“I try to cut down on all grains, even whole/alternative ones except for breakfast or a small amount at lunch and, while I don’t cut dairy, I do cut down on cheese. Oh, and obviously, no processed anything,” she says.

Her balanced meal plan, which she details in the post, allows for dark chocolate, steak and a “very, very, very large glass of wine.” We approve.

– Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda