Cameron Diaz offers advice on getting your best body

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In her new book, “The Body Book,” actress Cameron Diaz shares her secrets to getting in shape and staying healthy. While she admits that getting in shape is not always easy, she says it starts with loving your body: “Know that body. The only way you can know that body is by taking care of it properly. If you are eating processed foods, and you’re not getting all your nutrients, not exercising properly, then you are not living in the body that you were meant to live in.”

Diaz believes that women should view themselves in a positive light and be comfortable in their own skin. She recounts in her book, “If you are what you eat, I was a bean burrito with extra cheese and extra sauce, no onions.” She says that her poor diet not only impacted her physique, but also took a toll on her skin. Fortunately, a few simple changes helped her to get back on track, such as creating healthier versions of her favorite foods and adding things like egg whites, greens, and steel-cut oats to her diet.

Diaz says her secret is to allow herself a special treat every now and then and to focus on small, gradual changes: “If you drink five sodas a day, just drink two and see the difference. Cut them out completely, and you’ll see a difference. Replace them with water, and you’ll really see a difference.”

Even though she didn’t exercise much earlier in her life, the actress starting focusing on fitness in her late 20’s and still maintains a regular workout schedule that includes cardio and weight training. What keeps her motivated? Diaz says, “I want to make sure I don’t get sick. If I’m blessed to get older, I want to make sure I can maintain quality of life.”

USA Today, 1/6/14

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