Julianne Hough admits her 'bangin' body' wasn't worth being miserable

Aug 11, 2016 at 3:09 p.m. ET
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Julianne Hough looks pretty freaking perfect. It's easy to get lost in her idyllic life on Instagram — making a living as a dancer, hanging with famous friends and oh, she just launched an athleisure line. But she wants fans to know things are not always as ideal as they seem. In a new interview with Shape, she opened up about her body issues and how hard she works to maintain her active lifestyle.

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"When I look at pictures of myself when I was 19, my body was bangin', but I was killing myself," she told the mag. "I was working out two and a half hours a day and eating the bare minimum to survive. I was so miserable. I wasn't healthy. To be honest, I looked like a kid. Now I'm embracing the fact that I'm a woman with curves."

She encourages flexibility in her diet and swears it's not all vegetables all the time. "E! News recently posted a picture of me coming out of the gym, and there were all these comments about the photo, like, 'We could have abs like this, but we love pizza too much.' I started laughing because pizza is my favorite food. I eat it a lot! I want everyone to know that I'm not Miss Perfect. You can cheat every once in a while, and that's OK. You can still have a fit body as long as you work out regularly and eat relatively healthfully throughout your life."


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So abs and pizza can coexist. You heard it here. But Hough admits she still works out pretty hard. "I exercise three to six times a week, but usually I do five days of hard-core training," she says. She breaks it down — would you be willing to work this hard?

"On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I do Tracy Anderson or Body by Simone or I work out with my trainer, Astrid Swan," she says. "Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do CorePower Yoga, which I love. If I'm doing something special, like shooting the Shape cover, or when I want to tone up quickly, I'll also take a SoulCycle class. Saturdays, I go on a really long hike with my friends or take another yoga class, depending on how I feel. Sunday is my reboot day. I try to eat healthy and do something outside, like walk my dogs. I relax, enjoy the day, and get mentally and spiritually prepared for the week. It gets me excited for what's ahead."