How Kaley Cuoco Dropped a Whole Jean Size in 3 Months

Kaley Cuoco Makeup-Free
This is what the actress looks like without any beauty products.

Kaley Cuoco has a theory on how to achieve a banging body.

The actress, who poses braless on the cover of Shape magazine’s October 2015 issue, says sticking to a long-term workout plan really helped change her body and develop muscles over time.

“I’ve never worked so hard to look good for something in my entire career. But I didn’t starve or kill myself with exercise. I went slowly, and it paid off,” she explains. “It took years for me to figure out what my body needs and that what works for my friends doesn’t necessarily work for me. Doing yoga five times a week has transformed my body. I love being toned and having muscle; it’s so sexy and beautiful. And I owe it 100 percent to yoga.”

[Nino Muñoz/Shape Magazine]

Cuoco, 29, also reveals that she dropped an entire jean size in three months thanks to attending multiple classes at CorePower Yoga in Los Angeles, which mixes yoga with calories-burning cardio.

“It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I lost six pounds in the last three months. That’s a whole jeans size, and we all know how good that feels!” Cuoco gushes. “I’m the type of girl who’s always had to buy jeans in three sizes because I never know what my body is going to do from one day to the next. Everything, from the inside out, has completely changed for me. And now, when I look into the mirror and see the positive changes, I don’t want to go back to what I was doing.”

What was she doing before? According to Cuoco, she had to stop eating like her husband, tennis star Ryan Sweeting.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to change my food intake. My husband, Ryan, eats so much,” she says. “When we first got married, it was so much fun to eat like him. We got into this habit we called the bedtime snack. The drawers next to the bed were filled with candy. Eventually, I realized it was mindless eating. I was just doing it because he was doing it, and it was adding hundreds of calories I didn’t even think about. So I cut that out.”

Though she’s cut soda and sugary cereals from her diet, Cuoco admits she needs to indulge once in a while or else she’ll go insane.

“I have to have a cheat day. I know when I’m being good all week long that come Sunday, I’m going to lie by the pool, have a drink, and eat some pizza. Then I wake up on Monday morning and I’m all ready to start the week again,” she tells the publication. “I’m just going to be in a bad mood all the time if there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.”