The actress also credits her firstborn, 22-month-old son James Knight, with helping her shed the pregnancy pounds.
“I was chasing [him] around for my entire pregnancy and then chasing [him] around as soon as I had the baby,” King told PEOPLE at the Michael Kors Gold Fragrance launch party in New York City on Sunday.
“I don’t believe in the word diet because I think the word dieting comes with judgment,” King, 36, says. “When I hear the word diet, I want to punch the word in the face because it tells people that you can’t have something. You should be able to have things that love and nourish your body.”
She adds, “I feel like I ‘dieted’ my whole life in some way shape or form. When I let go of it and said, ‘I’m not doing this anymore’ — when I stopped letting go of the judgment of eating cake or cookies or having burgers, which are my favorite thing in the whole world — then I finally was at a balanced weight.”
“She’s the best,” King tells PEOPLE. “I feel very, very blessed. She’s an incredibly prolific human being and I really couldn’t ask for anything greater.”
— Alexandra Hurtado