Sarah Michelle Gellar's Secrets to a Healthy Life

Q: Do you
have a go-to way to lose five pounds?

A: I dont believe in trying to trick your body into things. I eat healthy, I exercise, I love food—but I dont like junk food. I mean, were women. We go up by five pounds, we lose it, depending on the water, the moon, your cycle, whatever. So I just try to maintain.

Q: You seem so confident. Do you ever have moments of insecurity?
A: Oh God … Im a female! I totally have body dysmorphic disorder. I think most women do. A makeup artist friend once said, "I dont think Ive ever seen you look in a mirror." Im surrounded by them all the time—you sit in hair and makeup—so I guess I just have this mechanism where I tune it out. So every once in a while, Ill look and Ill be like, "Wait, thats what I look like?" I just have to remember that Im human, and Im a mom. Being a parent changes the vanity at least a little bit. It has to. Your priorities are different.

Q: If you were ever to put a famous womans body on your fridge for inspiration, whose would it be?
A: I would never do that to myself, especially because Im aware of the airbrushing and trainers and food programs. You have to use yourself as inspiration. I think if I were ever going to put something up, I would put a picture of myself where I was proud of my body. But I would rather not look at a picture of myself on my fridge. In fact, we have a nonmagnetic fridge.

Q: What picture would it be?
A: Probably before I got pregnant—I was in really, really good shape. I think when I was doing Buffy I was a little bit thin, actually, because even though I was working out constantly, it was just the time and the age. But I was happy being pregnant, too. Im not as critical as I used to be about my body. And its also funny, too, how women perceive women, and how men perceive women. Because a woman will look at the skinniest person and think thats the most attractive, and a man will not think thats attractive at all!

Q: Everything Im seeing now is about Kate Middleton, like, "Oh my God, shes rail thin."
A: But it seems like people are worried that shes stressed. I feel like 10 years ago, it would have been like, "Oh, she looks incredible." Whereas you look at her sister, who has such a fabulously athletic body­—I mean, a real athletes body—and I think theres this movement now, where more women, finally, want to look like that.

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Amy Spencer
Last Updated: September 13, 2011

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