Jessica Alba has long been admired for her stunning physique and exotic beauty, but insists she only recently developed a positive body image. Looking back on her twenties, Alba realizes she was too critical of her looks.
"I was a lot more critical of my body when it was probably pretty awesome," Alba told Health Sept. 23. "It's like, 'Why did I not ever wear jean shorts?' I was so skinny! I didn't have any cellulite."
Alba recently made headlines after admitting she has a muffin top, cellulite and stretch marks after having two kids.
The willowy 5-foot-7 Latina bombshell says she was self-conscious about her body when she was younger because of her perfectionistic personality. Now 32, Jessica is more comfortable in her skin because she's more self-confident and relaxed.
"I remember I was 28 or 29, at an MTV award thing, and my girlfriend Kelly was like, 'You should wear a short skirt, because you are not going to be this age forever,' " Alba recalls. "Now I'm a lot more confident in my skin, because who cares? At the end of the day, it's so much time spent on something that really doesn't matter that much."
Alba, who's the mother of two daughters (Honor, five, and Haven, two), still works out almost every day and follows a healthy diet, but is more focused on eating well than losing weight. Jessica says limiting processed foods and eating more whole foods automatically makes staying skinny easy because your body is well-nourished.
"If you eat unprocessed fresh food — it doesn't all have to be organic, but try to have the least amount of GMOs [genetically modified organisms] and pesticides — you have energy, aren't starving and don't have to count calories," she said. "When I'm 'dieting,' I'm not eating as many snacks, because I love snacks: Popchips, Pirate's Booty, or I could eat a pound of fruit. So I cut down on snacking when I'm trying to be healthy."
In addition to making vegetables, fruits and healthy proteins the centerpiece of her diet, Alba consumes green shakes every day to keep her skin glowing.
"I normally do [a green drink] with kale, spinach, green apple, blueberries, ginger, cucumber and celery," she said. "And also tomato and turmeric and pear. I blend it with the skin and everything."
Alba, whose baby-weight loss secret involved wearing a double corset day and night for three months after each pregnancy, does high-intensity interval training on the treadmill, spinning and dance workouts to stay in shape.
"I like dancing," she said. "And I like interval training on a treadmill, with sprinting and then uphill walking, then sprint, then uphill walk, then sprint. This morning I did sprint intervals with a high-incline walk. Otherwise I get bored. I can't just do the same thing over and over."