Hilary Duff's Diet & Exercise Secret Should Win Her Applause From All the Moms

hilary duffIt's kinda hard to miss Hilary Duff on the cover of Shape's May issue. The celeb mama of 3-year-old Luca with ex Mike Comrie looks all sorts of incredible, bearing her stomach while wearing a crop top and denim shorts. In her interview with the mag, Hilary spills the truth about her diet and exercise plan, which is guaranteed to raise some eyebrows -- but also possibly provoke a round of applause.

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Turns out, instead of pulling a Gwyneth and following a different detox every week or other restrictive eating plan, Hilary says:

I rely on grown-woman food. I'd rather have someone pull my fingernails off than hunker down and go on an actual diet. It’s so hard for me! My sister Haylie [Duff], and I once considered doing a baby-food diet, but it just sounded too disgusting.

Eww, yes, that baby food diet is pretty much the epitome of ridiculous fad diets. Whole food for grown-ass women who are active mamas makes MUCH more sense. She did admit, however, that there's one thing she'll restrict when she's "really trying to lose weight": wine. Smart call, considering it's basically empty calories.

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And when it comes to her fitness plan, she's just as grounded, explaining:

I don't do auto-gym. I go three times a week and mix it up every time. I work out with weighted balls, battle ropes, and big rubber bands. I do this thing with a sledge-hammer where I swing it and hit a rubber block, and it get out all of my aggressions. Everyone is like, 'Uh-oh, Hilary's got the hammer—get out of the way!' ... And I rely on real-life exercise. Carrying my son, for one. He weighs 35 pounds. The other day we went to Disneyland, and he fell asleep in my arms, and I had to carry him back to my car, which was a 30-minute walk. I was dying.

Love that! "Real-life exercise" is one thing most of us -- especially when you're a mom -- can't help but do, and we totally deserve credit for it. Motherhood: a valid form of weight lifting and cardio!
 

Still, being so pragmatic about her healthy eating and fitness doesn't mean the actress is not immune to the pressures to look perfect, especially right after becoming a mom in Hollywood. Hilary tells Shape she feels there's a lot of pressure to "always have it together," but she's not falling for it.

"You see supermodels who have babies, and the next week they look as if they were never pregnant," she says. "That was not the case with me. Some days I feel great, others I feel pretty normal, and that’s acceptable."

Right on. Props to Hilary for telling it like it is and for spreading the word that you don't need to go nuts at the gym to get fit and feel amazing. That laidback, realistic attitude is clearly working for her!

What "real-life exercise" do you think you deserve more credit for?

 

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