Actress Ali Larter is fit and fab at 37, thanks to a portion-controlled diet and regular exercise. Larter, who works out four days a week, is especially fond of running for weight control and for calming her nerves.
"I love to run," Larter told the September 2013 issue of Health. "It's the quickest way, with my busy schedule, to be able to enjoy my life and keep my weight where I want it to be. Sometimes I grab a trashy magazine and hit the treadmill, but I prefer to go for a nice run outside. It's a huge de-stressor for me."
Larter gained 45 pounds while pregnant with son Teddy in 2010, and lost the weight in five months by working out "a lot" and consuming calorie-controlled meals from a food-delivery service.
While the 5-foot-8 blonde beauty tries not to cave in to the intense pressure to be thin, youthful and beautiful in Hollywood, she concedes looking good is a job requirement.
"Your physicality is a huge part of your career as an actress," she said. "I just read this article where Cindy Crawford said that by the time she's 50, she's going to come to terms with her body. I think about [my body] more than I'd like to, and I'd rather be reading a book."
The former "Heroes" star deals with body-image issues by working out, eating well and adopting a laid-back approach to diet and exercise.
While she continues to act, Ali has been trying to branch out, and will release a cookbook, "Kitchen Revelry," next month. Larter, who enjoys cooking and throwing dinner parties, calls herself the "bad-girl's Martha Stewart," and hopes to encourage others to cook and share their food with others.
"I can't go a month without throwing a dinner party," she said. "For me, entertaining has become a metaphor for life. If you mess up, laugh at it and order in pizza. What's important is putting yourself out there."