Emmy Rossum Shamelessly Gives Away Her Quick Slim-Down Trick

Class up your routine

“I like Physique 57, Burn 60 and SoulCycle or Flywheel, because I get positive energy from the people around me. You just can’t be the slacker. And I raise my hand like an idiot whenever the instructor asks if anyone is new to the class. I’m like, ‘Yep, I’m the loser who hasn’t been here before.’ At least I’m not going to screw myself up by doing it wrong!”

Lifting weights = hot-body shortcut

“When I want to drop weight quickly, I cut back on my cardio and do a lot of weights instead. It’s counterintuitive, because you would think, I should stay on the treadmill for five hours. I also cut out all fruit and eat a lot of protein and vegetables. My go-to moves are walking lunges, leg raises and my favorite: four sets of 15 ballet pliés, holding 8-pound weights.”

Still, a half-assed workout is better than nothing

“If I’ve had a meh workout the day before, and I’m still not feeling it, then I’ll do another meh one that day, too. I think you should just do something every day.”

Feel the burn now

“I’m working on my obliques. I do that standing straight up, holding the 8-pound weights and bending to the side. I’m going for that indent—my friends are, like, ‘OK! We get it! You don’t have to go all Terminator on us.’”

And set a weirdly awesome long-term goal

“I don’t want to do the Ironman or run 10 miles, but I do want to go up into space one day. It costs [hundreds of thousands] right now, but I hope eventually it will be $500. And I want to make sure my heart is fit enough to handle the trip when I’m 50.”

Laugh loudly and oftenit's the funnest ab workout there is

“I’m extremely focused. But as focused as I am, I’m silly as well. I’ll have friends over [Justin Chatwin, Jake Abel, Shay Mitchell], and we’ll drink a bottle of wine and play silly games like charades. Oh, they get very loud.”

Know what keeps you Zen.

“I don’t always make my bed. If my life is in a state of chaos, then I have to make it. But if I’m happy in my life, then I’m OK leaving a little chaos in my house.”

Enjoy cheat daysnot just one!

“When I was filming Beautiful Creatures, I ate 1,500 calories a day—nutritionist Carrie Wiatt sent me meals from L.A. But I also gave myself two cheat days a week. I’d eat a steak and fries, an ice cream sundae and then go to Pinkberry. Of course, then I’d wake up the next morning and go, ‘Oh, great, I’m eating one poached egg and a green apple. Shoot me in the face.’ But it was totally worth it. Now I can gain back those six pounds that I had lost to do the movie.”

When it comes to food, do what you gotta do

“I was raised on a macrobiotic diet, so I was more interested in eating the junk food that other kids were eating, although I’d have to make sure my mom didn’t know. My mom has never owned a saltshaker. Now I have to sneak these contraband little salt packets from take-out restaurants into her house so that I can salt my food.”

Be the best version of yourself

“I’m not going to wake up like Gisele tomorrow. That’s just not going to happen. She’s a genetic freakand stunning. I’m a human being. I’m fit because I make it a priority and it’s part of my job. I also try to stay confident, so five pounds up or down doesn’t affect my brain.”

Seriously, that number on the scale isn’t everything

“Right now I’m probably in the best shape that I’ve ever been in, although I don’t consider ‘best shape’ to necessarily mean the skinniest. I’ve been fatter and I’ve been skinnier than I am right now, but I’m more at peace than ever.”

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