What does it take to acquire admirable abs like Kate Hudson? Lots of Pilates, an occasional dip into the Pirates Booty and constant calorie-counting, reported Us Weekly on October 16.
Kate credits her sleek physique to a 15-year devotion to the muscle-sculpting, body-toning moves of Pilates, which she shows off in an upcoming issue of Shape along with a photo shoot.
"It's the basis of what I do for exercise because it's dance-oriented—and, as you saw at the shoot, I love to dance," she tells Shape. "It's my creative outlet. My heart is really in contemporary jazz, but lately I've been ballroom dancing with Derek Hough [from Dancing With the Stars]. It's been a real blast."
But what hasn't been a real blast: Kate's intense focus on counting calories, reported E News on October 16.
"I remember a few years ago I needed to lose some weight but just couldn't drop these 15 pounds," she said. "My diet was a lot of raw foods and I thought, 'Why am I so bloated?' Turns out I was eating about 3,500 calories a day because I was constantly snacking on cashews!"
To take off the pounds, Kate put herself on a strict calorie-counting diet.
"I got that app My Fitness Pal and kept track of everything I ate. Normally I'm at about 1,800 calories per day, but when I want to drop a few pounds I stick to 1,500. It's the only way to do it. I have to be vigilant," she says.
Kate's dream day includes exercise and healthy snacks.
"I'd work out and take a sauna. Then I'd probably want to get in the pool with the kids. After that I'd read, followed by watching Downton Abbey while eating a big bag of Pirate's Booty. That would be my perfect day," she says.
Her diet is all about eating healthy, and Kate occasionally does short juice cleanses.
"I've eaten in all sorts of different ways over the years. I like to do juice cleanses twice a year for five to seven days, or food elimination cleanses where I just eat superclean," she says. "That's really the only time when I'm very strict. Other than that, I eat everything. I just love food. I love bread. I love pasta."
But are juice cleanses really safe? Find out what Dr. Mehmet Oz has discovered about the dangers of this diet fad by clicking here.