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Maria Menounos shares her Shape cover secrets

Whitney English is a reporter and host in Los Angeles with over six years of experience working for outlets like E! Entertainment, MSN TV, SheKnows.com, and many more. She has a passion for health and fitness and documents her journey of...

Maria’s bikini diet

You’ve seen her gorgeous bod on Dancing With the Stars and Extra. Now Maria Menounos is showing it off on the cover of Shape and telling SheKnows how to get her results.
Maria Menounos doing yoga

Maria Menounos looks amazing in an orange and pink Lisa Blue bikini, showing off her sculpted abs as the cover girl of Shape’s July issue.

We caught up with the Extra host at her cover launch party at the ChapStick Beach House in Malibu this weekend to chat about her fitness secrets.

So what did Maria do to get in "Shape" for her big cover shoot?

"Nothing actually," she admitted. "I was in the heat of Dancing With the Stars so there was no time to do anything else."

Maria Menounos with Shape magazine coverStaying fit

Now that the show is over, Menounos tells us she’s staying fit with outdoor activities and trying to avoid the monotonous gym.

"Normally I keep in shape by playing some beach volleyball or basketball," Menounos told us. "I like things that are activity-based rather than gym-based. For me it’s all about being outside and having fun."

"I don’t really enjoy going to the gym," said Maria. "I don’t enjoy abs. Sit-ups stink."

She says she also does a lot of cardio and Pilates, but has had to take it easy lately while she recovers from her rigorous Dancing schedule. Over the course of the show, Menounos suffered injuries to her chin, ribs, and feet.

Maria Menounos and Derek HoughDiet and splurges

As for her diet, Maria enjoys grabbing lunch from L.A.’s Veggie Grill and the home delivery service, The Fresh Diet. But the host says, like everyone, she does have her splurges.

Menounos listed her favorite junk foods: "Potato skins, pizza, and ice cream."

"I love everything," she laughed.

And if you’re guilty of splurging as well but need to be bikini-ready quick, Menounos has you covered.

Beach-body tips

San Tropez’s foam

Here are her quick tips for getting beach ready:

  1. If you don’t have a tan, do a little bronzer. She likes St. Tropez mousse and Jemma Kidd’s body glow.
  2. Drink a lot of water and avoid sodium.
  3. Try to eat as clean as you can, and avoid heavy meals.
  4. Hope for the best!

Obviously, Menounos has one of the best bodies in the business, but even she has her idols. When asked which celeb’s bikini bod she admires, Menounos told us, "Jessica Biel. She has a really gorgeous body. It’s tight and it's strong and it’s womanly."

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