How Julianne Hough Stays Fit Despite Her Love for Carbs

Julianne Hough, MPG Sport Brand Ambassador & Designer, and CorePower Yoga Partner to bring free class to Atlanta and promote the launch of her Athleisure Wear line nationwide for MPG Sport at CorePower Yoga location nationwide on May 11, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Julianne Hough, MPG Sport Brand Ambassador & Designer, and CorePower Yoga Partner to bring free class to Atlanta and promote the launch of her Athleisure Wear line nationwide for MPG Sport at CorePower Yoga location nationwide on May 11, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for MPG Sport

Bread doesn’t frighten Julianne Hough. The toned Dancing With the Stars judge fills up on carbs “at every single meal,” the 28-year-old reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “I think when you deprive yourself, that’s when you crave pasta and pizza.”

Hough — a brand ambassador and capsule collection designer for fitnesswear line MPG Sport — builds meals with healthy starches. “An ideal meal would be chicken, veggies and sweet potatoes,” says the 5-foot-3 star, set to wed hockey player Brooks Laich, 33, this year. “Everybody is so afraid of carbs — they talk about them in a negative way, like, ‘Carbs make me fat or bloated’ — but just pick the right one and have a little bit.”

Fitbit unveils Alta HR, the world's slimmest fitness wristband with continuous heart rate, as well as two new sleep tracking features "Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights " at an event hosted by Julianne Hough on March 1, 2017 at SWERVE Fitness in New York.
Fitbit unveils Alta HR, the world's slimmest fitness wristband with continuous heart rate, as well as two new sleep tracking features "Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights " at an event hosted by Julianne Hough on March 1, 2017 at SWERVE Fitness in New York. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Fitbit

Enjoying eats such as whole wheat bread and starchy veggies are crucial “because they make my brain click on and everything else is able to function,” notes the star. “I thought they were my enemy, but they’re actually my best friend.”

Julianne Hough performs during the Move Beyond Live on Tour May 6th, 2017 in New York.
Julianne Hough performs during the Move Beyond Live on Tour May 6th, 2017 in New York. Marcus Owen/startraksphoto.com

And the triple threat burns off everything she eats. In addition to the cardio she gets dancing with brother Derek Hough on their Move — Beyond tour, she also enlists her fellow performers to join her for toning classes.

“I love CorePower Yoga,” she says. “It’s all over the country, so sometimes before a show, we’ll get a bunch of people together and do a class. Or if we have an outdoor show, we’ll go onto the lawn and do a group workout.”

And the sweat sessions aren’t just about keeping her abs fab, she says: “I need to be strong so I can get through a show.”

For more tips on how celebs such as LeAnn Rimes and Kate Hudson stay fit, pick up Us Weekly’s Best Bodies issue, on stands now!

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