15 Celebs Who Got Refreshingly Real About Their Diet & Exercise Routines

katehudson/InstagramWhen we see celebrities looking svelte and toned on the screen or the red carpet (or in perfectly choreographed Instagram posts), it can be hard to remember that these stars are, in fact, mere mortals like the rest of us -- and their "perfect" bodies (yes, we say that with pause because there clearly is no one perfect shape) are often the result of discipline and hard work and, yeah, painstaking diets. (Okay, occasionally really good genes are a part of it.) But that's why we love it when famous types stop the "I don't do anything" crap and get real about what they actually do to look a certain way.

From carb-free diets to endless hours spent in the gym, some of these accounts are balanced, while others sound extreme. Some are simply brief routines for a role; others are daily maintenance. But one thing's for sure: These A-list ladies are all honest (and sometimes seemingly exasperated) about how hard they have to work ... and, spoiler alert, almost all of their methods involve sweat. Like, a lot of sweat! 

  • Julianne Moore

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    You're not the only one who hates dieting. Julianne Moore once told Eve magazine all about her food frustrations and unbearable restrictions:

    "I still battle with my deeply boring diet of, essentially, yogurt and breakfast cereal and granola bars. I hate dieting. I hate having to do it to be the 'right' size. I'm hungry all the time. I think I'm a slender person, but the industry apparently doesn't. All actresses are hungry all the time, I think."

  • Adriana Lima

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    Victoria's Secret angel Adriana Lima basically reveals that getting ready to walk the runway is anything but heavenly. As she told New York magazine in 2010, a month and a half before a show she ditches almost all carbs and starts working out two hours a day:

    "I'm doing a combination of different protein shakes -- it's called Metagenics. And also, I only can eat green vegetables, everything grilled or steamed, or four ounces of any type of protein. And usually that's what I have for lunch and dinner, and every three hours in between I have a protein shake or cereal bar." 

  • Olivia Wilde

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    She might look like a goddess on the red carpet, but mother-of-two Olivia Wilde is not afraid to sweat (or turn into a "tomato"), as this Instagram photo and caption prove! The 32-year-old appears to be constantly on the move, trying everything from SoulCycle to Pilates to indoor cycling to paddleboarding to dance -- and it's all clearly paying off, as is her pescatarian diet.

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  • Jennifer Lopez

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    Just because Jennifer Lopez puts some serious effort into that smokin' hot bod doesn't mean she likes working out. "It's so not easy," she told Us Weekly in 2014. "I hate it just like anybody else. It's not fun. You do it because you want to feel good and it does make you feel good after you do it."

  • Drew Barrymore

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    Drew Barrymore shared her weight loss journey with the world this year in the charming, down-to-earth manner we've come to expect from the star -- which made us cheer for her success!

    "I was 144 and now I'm 124," she said in November. "I did it on the filming of a Netflix show [Santa Clarita Diet]. I feel really great. I followed Kimberly Snyder's methods, but I added some protein like fish and chicken since she's all vegetarian or vegan. I've been very disciplined and all I did was cry and dream about pizza. I still am dreaming and crying about pizza."

  • Kate Hudson

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    Perhaps unsurprisingly for a woman with her own line of workout wear (Fabletics) and a book called Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, 37-year-old mother-of-two Kate Hudson seems to never stop exercising (pole dancing takes strength!). As she told Self magazine, "I'm one of those people who, it'll be early in the morning and I'll be in a robe getting my hair done, and I'll use my Hot5 app -- and do push-ups for five minutes!" 

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  • Blake Lively

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    Yet another perfectly toned celeb who surprisingly can't stand the gym -- but still needs to work hard to stay in shape -- is mom-of-two Blake Lively.

    "I've said before I hate the gym; I eat chocolate; yes, that part is true," she said. "But what they don't print is I hate the gym, so what I do instead is find other ways to be active. I ride bicycles, I hike, I go out and exercise in nature, and I'm active that way." 

    The actress, who of course does have a trainer, also admitted to balancing out hot fudge sundaes with kale juice! 

  • Mila Kunis

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    Mila Kunis has spoken openly about the great (and awful) lengths she went to in preparation for her role as a ballerina in Black Swan. Not only did she go on a diet of 1,200 calories per day and cigarettes (no, we are not recommending to try that at home), she also worked her butt off (literally): 

    "I trained four hours a day, seven days a week, for seven months," she said. "I had one day off on my birthday and half a day off for the Emmys and the Golden Globes ... I lost 20 lb. Aesthetically, I had to look like a ballerina and hold myself like one. By the end, I was 95 lb. All you saw was bone ... It took me five months to lose the weight, but just five days to gain it all back."

  • Khloe Kardashian

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    Once (unfairly) referred to as the "fat" Kardashian sister, Khloe Kardashian hasn't been shy about revealing how hard she works to stay in shape. But as she told People, her workouts benefit more than her body:

    "Walking into the gym I don't feel sexy, but walking out I feel so accomplished and badass. I do really masculine workouts, and after I feel like I am dope. I can be as sweaty and as gross as can be but I feel empowered."

    She adds, "If you had asked me two years ago if I would have the body I have now, I would have said, 'No way, my body can't do that.'"

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow

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    It takes more than detox diets and Goop-approved beauty products to keep Gwyneth Paltrow looking fab. As she wrote for the Telegraph in 2013:

    "I am dedicated to the Tracy Anderson Method and it has completely changed my body. Still, when I first started working with Tracy, finding motivation was hard. She advised me to think of exercise as an automatic routine, no different from brushing your teeth, to avoid getting distracted. Now it is part of my life -- I exercise Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. and always stick with it."

  • Jennifer Lawrence

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    Jennifer Lawrence was typically frank about the benefits of her intense workouts (she spent a whopping 10 to 12 hours per day with her trainer while filming X-Men: First Class!):

    "I hate saying, 'I like exercising.' I want to punch people who say that in the face," Lawrence told Glamour. "But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat.'"

  • Britney Spears

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    Britney Spears probably burns up plenty of calories dancing, but her workouts don't stop there: She also does yoga and lots of cardio, even if she's not always in the mood. She revealed her true feelings about exercise to Shape:

    "I like it, then again, I hate it. I'm in my 30s now, so I have to work harder to keep it up."

    Sticking to a regime of protein and steamed veggies is no easy task, either, as she laments:

    "Dieting is tough ... because my specialties are spaghetti, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies," she said. "I try not to make those too often or I'll eat the whole bowl of dough."

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  • Molly Sims

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    Forty-three-year-old Molly Sims doesn't want anyone to think she's some genetically blessed freak of nature.

    "This does not come naturally,” Sims told Shape, referring to her fit figure. "I have to work out 60 to 90 minutes at least five days a week and stick to a high-fiber, low-calorie eating plan."

  • Jessica Simpson

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    After being slammed by haters for putting on weight with her two pregnancies, Jessica Simpson got her revenge by getting in the best shape of her life -- but it takes a lot of effort to maintain, as she told InStyle in 2015:

    "I work out five days a week: three days with a trainer, doing a mix of strength training and cardio, and then I do cardio on my own the other two days .... Somehow I make it work, but I've slowed down since my wedding."

  • Emmy Rossum

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    Emmy Rossum is completely committed to fitness (with her body, you'd have to be!), but working out solo makes it harder for her to stay motivated.

    "Generally, I take spinning and I try to do things in groups," she told Shape. "I don't like a one-on-one trainer -- too much pressure. And I hate push-ups, I hate them with a passion ... I can do about eight with proper form, and then I've got to go on my knees. It's pathetic! And I'm shaking at eight -- dying!"

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