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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Cover of Shape April Issue

Julia Louis-Dreyfus's All Natural Shape Is Amazing

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,


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.

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lattegoodness lattegoodness 8 years
She also talks about plastic surgery in the article and how she would be open to it. Um... of course she'd be open to it, she doesn't even look like her former "Seinfeld" self! She's had at least a face lift and lots more... which I find annoying because she was fine the way she was before. :oy:
silligirl23 silligirl23 8 years
We also need to keep in mind here genes. I recently saw pictures of Kelly Ripa's mother, yes it was during the true hollywood story of Ms. Ripa. But Kelly sure does get her six pack genes from her mom. Sounds silly, but so true
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Her father is a billionaire, she's a celebrity, and she's on a magazine that airbrushes its subjects. I'm sure she looks good, but she gets a lot of help from many different places.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
She probably does work out more than she's admitting. I think celebs pull the ol' "3 times a week" line when they're being interviewed about how often they work out. A more realistic amount is probably at least 5 times a week for most of them. It sounds like she does have to put in some effort to get her body. Didn't she used to be a little "softer" back in the Seinfeld days? Not pudgy, but just a little less defined. It doesn't help that Shape always airbrushes on massive abs and Photoshops off any thighs their cover models have.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree -- I suspect that cover has been considerably airbrushed. However, Julia looks great. Also, I agree that's it's possible to look lean and sculpted exercising 3x/week. I speak from experience. The key is eating mindfully. I am just as lean as Julia, except my figure is more hourglassy.
HMBowling HMBowling 8 years
Kim, I couldn't have said it any better myself!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
oh and I'm not arguing that she's airbrushed, I'm sure she is. But I'm also going to give her the credit she deserves for being fit. She obviously lives a healthy lifestyle, airbrushed or not.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I'm 41, I only started working out in April of 2008, I work out 3 times a week, cardio for half an hour and strength training for an hour. I used to be 25 lbs heavier and I've lost almost 45% of my bodyfat. You can get that fit working out only 3 times a week. It's not just fitness it's nutrition too - they work together. The best way to build abs is cardio to lose the belly fat. we all have abs, they're just hidden under layer(s) of fat the way to get them to come through is to lose the belly fat. Then you can build and sculpt them with ab exercises. Various ones for the various ab muscles.
greatscott200 greatscott200 8 years
Okay, it is airbrushed. But... She is 48 years old and thin enough to be on the cover of a magazine with her stomach exposed. God Bless her!
missyd missyd 8 years
WHAT are you guys talking about??? I *never* workout and only watch what I eat a *little* bit and always look like that. Even after a baby and a big meal. :ROTFL: Sorry. These celebs just kill me with their bull
rc4480 rc4480 8 years
just read the article. fit, i think you're a little misleading in your synopsis of the article. the elliptical is her "when time is tight" workout. she mentions 4-mile runs as well; i'm sure that's more her norm. also, the article reads like it's been severely edited by her PR people; she's trying a little too hard to come off as "every woman." it's more transparent than usual here.
rc4480 rc4480 8 years
HM - maybe you're just blessed then, I fully agree that it's impossible to only do elliptical and some hiking and get that body. Also, we all know stars are notorious for talking down their workouts. Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that she doesn't have a personal trainer, dietician and chef. It doesn't seem like her lifestyle is unhealthy or deprivational, but i'm sure she works harder than she says.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Its genetics, she says she has to 'work hard to not get fat' but it doesn't seem she has to work as hard as the rest of us.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 8 years
I'm doing something wrong.
masonsmama masonsmama 8 years
I'd argue the point that if you're 25ish, you can probably get a body like that working out 3x a week, but at almost 50? I don't see it - between hormonal and metabolism changes, it takes a lot more than that. On the other hand, at least she admits that she works out at all, which is a lot better than many celebs will do.
HMBowling HMBowling 8 years
Yeah, I don't lie. I work out 3-4x a week about 1 1/2 hours each time. I do crunches every day too. Doing a full workout 6-7 days a week seems pointless to me. I think I'd wear myself out and reap no benefits.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
3x a week? Yeah, maybe for 8 hrs a time. :p Hiking is a good exercise but for 1-2 hrs? When I go hiking it's usually for 4-5 hrs to make it really count. I wasn't aware you could get very far in like 1-2 hrs... maybe to the bottom of a hill? :)
HMBowling HMBowling 8 years
I disagree with you, cmd0610. If you eat right and in moderation, you can have that body only working out 3x a week. I do that! You just have to make every workout count and push yourself. I also do a lot of crunches so I think they may have left that part out of the article.
saidalice saidalice 8 years
Ha! I was going to say, "If they don't say hiking, I'm going to call her out." I go hiking every Sunday, two weeks ago I knew I wouldn't be able to go on Sunday, so I went early morning Saturday. I saw her on the trail --she was definitely petite (short and skinny), but it looked like she'd tanned too much when she was younger. :(
kclulu kclulu 8 years
I also find it suspicious that all she talks about in her workout is doing cardio. You do not get defined abs like that by just doing cardio 3-5 times a week, especially at her age. Stories like this perpetuate the myths about exercise that so many women believe are true. I think she looks great and she sounds like she does lead a healthy lifestyle, but a little more honesty as to how she gets that way or a little less airbrushing or both would be appreciated.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
She looks great!!
esweet esweet 8 years
I subscribe to Shape magazine, and love it, but they seem to airbrush the crap out of their covers. Has anyone noticed that no matter who is on the cover, their abs look the same and there is the same highlighting/shading on every body.
michlny michlny 8 years
I'd be amazed (and jealous!!) if that's what she really looks like!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I like her attitude and outlook on exercise and nutrition.
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