Hilary Duff Isn’t Falling For The Pressure To Be Perfect

Via Shape magazine:

Back from a three-year hiatus after giving birth to her son Luca, Hilary Duff is dialing up the heat on her career. It’s been a decade since Lizzie McGuire made her a star, but Hilary has returned to TV in the addictive new show Younger and is recording music for an upcoming CD, her first in eight years. She’s also a single mom, after recently filing for divorce from Mike Comrie, but despite the sudden chaos in her life, she manages to be calm, cool, chic, and all-natural sexy. In the May issue of SHAPE, Hilary shares her guiding principles for health and happiness—“Keep it simple, be realistic, and never, ever say no to cheese”—and her balanced, real-life approach to diet and exercise.

On feeling the pressure to be perfect:
“There’s so much pressure to always have it together, and I’m not falling for it. You see supermodels who have babies, and the next week they look as if they were never pregnant. That was not the case with me. Some days I feel great, others I feel pretty normal, and that’s acceptable.”

On why she’s loving her new role on Younger:
“I embrace the mess. I had to be careful not to screw up in public as a child actor. So on my new show, Younger—which is written by Darren Star, who created Sex and the City—it’s really fun for me to play Kelsey, a 27-year-old book editor whose personal life is a hot mess. She always chooses the wrong guy, drinks way too much, and has to cover for herself the next morning.”

On her workout philosophy:
“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.”

On her diet philosophy:
“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 and I once considered doing a baby-food diet, but it just sounded too disgusting.”

On her no-fail weight-loss strategy:
“I love my wine, but when I’m really trying to lose weight, that’s got to go. Alcohol is a trigger to make bad choices, just like when I get too hungry.”

On her guilty pleasure:
“The key to a happy life is cheese. It’s a real problem. I can’t say no to it! There’s a cheese shop in Beverly Hills, and my car is like a magnet to it. Luca is crazy about it, too. Love the cheese!”

On her favorite healthy snack:
“I do cool things with snacks. My favorite is a Wasa cracker topped with avocado, radish, chia seeds, a little olive oil, some sea salt, lemon, and dill. That keeps my palate excited.”

On her go-to look:
“My go-to no-brainer look is a comfy tissue-thin tee from the Fairfax flea market, skinny jeans, classic little pumps, and a leather jacket. With a three-year-old, I’ve got to whip it together pretty fast in the morning.”

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