Julia Louis-Dreyfus won me over as Elaine on Seinfeld — besides being hilarious and unafraid to cause a commotion, her heart belonged to big salads. These days, 48-year-old Julia has a rocking career as the star of The New Adventures of Old Christine, and she's sporting a set of rock-hard abs on the cover of Shape's April issue. Check out that definition! Contrary to what you might be thinking, the actress's amazing shape has nothing to do with plastic surgery and everything to do with leading a healthy lifestyle.
Julia says that she has to "work hard at not being fat" and Shape found out the details behind her strategy for looking and feeling great. She starts her day with a satisfying breakfast and enjoys at least one big salad a day, but she doesn't deny her cravings. She says, "I have a huge sweet tooth, and I feel like I deserve a treat when I work hard. It’s important to give yourself a little of what you really want so you don’t feel like you’re in food prison. Eating in moderation keeps me sane."
To find out Julia's workout preferences, read more.
You don't get a fit body like Julia's without exercising, which the actress tries to do three to five times a week. She works out on her elliptical at home while watching TV, but a few times a week Julia takes her workout outdoors and goes hiking for an hour or two. She says, "There’s something about the ritual of moving forward along a trail, pausing every now and then to look at the view or smell a flower. It’s a physical escape as well as a mental one." I love her comment about making your workout more than just going through the motions; it's something I know many of us with busy lives could work on.
Visit Shape to learn how Julia feels about bacon, sweating, and organic eating.