Hilary Duff recently sat down with Health to talk about how she maintains a healthy body despite her super-busy life. She even talks about her once too-thin looks. “I got pretty skinny when I was between 17 and 19,” Duff said. “I don’t know what exactly made me get on that kick, but at the time I was starting to become aware of what people said about me and how I looked in pictures. I literally ate nothing but steamed vegetables and broiled or grilled chicken, with nothing else.” This low-calorie but unbalanced diet made her feel tired and drained.
Today, she does a lot more snacking, but tries to keep it healthy. “I have been eating a lot of vegetables and hummus and fruit — stuff I never really liked before. If I am hungry before bed, I will grab a handful of blueberries. Greek yogurt is one of my favorite things in the whole world.” She even lets herself indulge in fatty cheeses. “I would probably eat any kind you put in front of me! And I like healthy things with a high fat content, like dark chocolate and avocado.”
Hilary followed the 5-Factor Fitness program as a Pre-Wedding workout and also does Pilates. “I was kind of burned out afterward, so I relaxed a bit,” the actress said of the intense circuit-training. She likes to work out with her sister, to make exercising less monotonous. Hilary says exercising has improved her self-confidence. “I really do feel like working out has helped because you’re working hard for something. You feel stronger and a little more powerful.”