Hilary Duff Refuses to Diet, Gets Exercise From Carrying Son Luca

Hilary Duff shared her diet and exercise tips in a cover interview with Shape magazine. Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath/Shape Magazine

Coming clean! Hilary Duff dished on her diet and exercise routine for the new issue of Shape magazine, sharing the sane ways she stays happy and healthy. 

The Younger actress, 27, looks better than ever on the cover of the fitness mag, showing off her toned stomach in a lightweight pink cardigan over a patterned plunging swimsuit top, paired with low-slung denim. Now back on the market after splitting from husband Mike Comrie in 2014, Duff is staying slim thanks to an active lifestyle and moderate eating habits.

"I rely on grown-woman food," Duff told Shape. "I'd rather have someone pull my fingernails off than hunker down and go on an actual diet. It’s so hard for me! My sister Haylie [Duff] and I once considered doing a baby-food diet, but it just sounded too disgusting."

As she sticks to food meant for her age bracket, the former child star takes a similarly reasonable approach when it comes to exercise. 

"I don't do auto-gym," the Lizzie McGuire alum explained. "I go three times a week and mix it up every time. I work out with weighted balls, battle ropes, and big rubber bands. I do this thing with a sledge-hammer where I swing it and hit a rubber block, and it get out all of my aggressions. Everyone is like, 'Uh-oh, Hilary's got the hammer—get out of the way!'"

"And I rely on real-life exercise," added the mother to son Luca, 3. "Carrying my son, for one. He weighs 35 pounds. The other day we went to Disneyland and he fell asleep in my arms, and I had to carry him back to my car, which was a 30-minute walk. I was dying." 

The star, who added that she "loves [her] wine" but cuts it out when she's "really trying to lose weight," told Shape that she doesn't set unrealistic expectations for herself and her body. 

"There’s so much pressure to always have it together, and I’m not falling for it," Duff said. "You see supermodels who have babies, and the next week they look as if they were never pregnant. That was not the case with me. Some days I feel great, others I feel pretty normal, and that's acceptable."