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Jessica Alba's bikini-body secrets are CrossFit and low-carb Paleo-style diet

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Jessica Alba maintains her hot bikini body with a low-carb Paleo-style diet and CrossFit workouts.

Alba said her favorite body part is her taut stomach but her legs are her least favorite body part.

"I have to enhance what I like about my body and my stomach is good," Jessica told GQ. "My legs I'm not as excited about all the time, but I wouldn't cover up my stomach."

Jessica, 33, credits a low-carb diet and circuit-training workouts that incorporate CrossFit for her sleek physique. Alba's CrossFit coach is fitness expert Yumi Lee.

Lee is married to CrossFit athlete Ron Mathews, who trains "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello. Manganiello has credited the Paleo diet and CrossFit for his insanely ripped physique.

'Sin City' Training: Low-Carb Diet and Lots of Dance

Alba, 33, recently reprised her role as the sexy stripper Nancy Callahan in the film, "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For," and worked out intensely to get in shape.

Jessica did rigorous daily dance workouts and followed a low-carb, high-protein diet, her trainer, Jennifer Johnson, told People. "That’s Jessica's strong point: She's motivated nutritionally, and she eats a balanced diet of salads and proteins," said Johnson. "If you're eating right, that’s more than half the battle."

Johnson, who choreographed Alba's "Sin City" dance sequences, also worked with her to play up her character's sexuality. The two did dance training and workouts that lasted anywhere from two to five hours per session

Alba also does yoga, sprint intervals on the treadmill, spinning, and strength-training. Like many people, Jessica does not like to exercise, but is disciplined her diet and amps up the intensity of her workouts when she needs to prepare for a film, event or photo shoot.

Alba follows a low-carb organic diet that features low-starch vegetables and fruits such as blueberries, and she avoids processed food. Jessica, who has a family history of obesity, began cooking at an early age to take control of her diet.

"I started cooking for myself at 12 because a lot of food my family ate was processed," she told Women's Health. "I wanted fresh. I eliminated microwave foods, things with too much salt, and tried to eat more natural food, things that were cooked in a kitchen as opposed to a factory."

'I Have Cellulite and a Muffin Top'

Alba, who shot to stardom in 2000 after starring in the TV series "Dark Angel," is widely considered one of the hottest women in the world, but she's uncomfortable with her sex-symbol status.

"I know that my looks were my path into Hollywood, but I never really enjoyed the kind of attention that comes with the [sex-symbol] image," she said.

Ironically, the brunette beauty said becoming a mother made her more at ease with her sexy image. While her lean, athletic 5-foot-6 physique is the envy of millions of women, Jessica claims she has cellulite and belly fat, and has learned to embrace her imperfections.

"I don’t have the body of a 14-year-old anymore," said Alba. "I have cellulite and stretch marks, and I have a muffin top! I think the more we try not to have that unrealistic ideal, the happier we’ll be."



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