Actress Elizabeth Banks says regular women shouldn't compare their bodies to those of super-fit celebrities because stars have so many advantages that enable them to be slim and gorgeous.
"I just want to remind people that celebrities generally are genetically superior human beings on a certain level anyway," Elizabeth, 39, told WTFPod. "They’re mostly thin, they got trainers, they work out, they’ve got money, and they are normally genetically predisposed to being thin people."
Banks says moms especially shouldn't hold themselves up to the same standards as celebrity moms who lose pregnancy weight in record time.
"These women who are holding up certain people as their benchmark after they’ve had a child, just go be with your kid for a minute," says the "Hunger Games" star. "Don’t get to the gym right away. It’s alright. This is not how it’s supposed to be, everybody. Calm down.”
Elizabeth, who welcomed her second son via gestational surrogate in November 2012, says she probably would have lost the baby weight quickly if she had given birth naturally, like she did with her first son in March 2011.
“I like to believe that if I had carried my own baby, I would have bounced back," says the "Modern Family" star. "But who knows? Women should not be expected to bounce back [right after childbirth]. It’s a true disservice what’s going on right now with all these celebrity moms."
The slender 5-foot-5 Banks admits she works hard to stay in shape. She follows a healthy, portion-controlled diet and works out for an hour several days a week with a trainer.
"I eat lots of food, but nothing unhealthy," she said. "I eat a lot of super foods like kale. I work out, and it allows you to enjoy food and drink as fuel. I don’t drink soda. I don’t drink a lot of dairy. I stay away from a lot of white things like pasta and bread."