Jessica Alba Admits That ‘Working Out Sucks,’ Reveals What She Eats

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How does Jessica Alba get ready for bikini season? Apparently, this.

In the latest issue of Shape, the actress shares her workout tips and what she actually eats before and after the gym. Modeling a series of swimsuits in the accompanying photo spread, the mom-of-two credits hard work and sweat, smoothies and popcorn as her secret to her toned bod.

“I attribute my athletic body to the martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and strength training I did while filming Dark Angel. That’s made me strong and really set the bar,” she says, referring to the 2000 to 2002 FOX series.

“I have to break a sweat or I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything done,” she continues about her daily workout. “When I only have 30 minutes, I’ll do a series of burpees, mountain climbers, squat jumps, planks, and a few sun salutations. But I’m not going to lie. Working out sucks. Which is why I love taking classes, because I’m surrounded by other people and that keeps me motivated and accountable.”

She continues, “These days, I do power yoga with light weights in a 105-degree room, so it’s a mix of hot yoga and strength training. I also spin. The key for me is good music, like 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Jay Z, Beyoncé.”

Like the rest of us, Alba also likes to indulge in junk food once in a while. Her go-to snack? Popcorn.

“I’m addicted to popcorn. I eat it throughout the day,” she reveals. “I’m a scatterbrain with lots of things to do at once, and eating popcorn helps me concentrate. It’s my way of dealing with my mind wandering off.”

As for something on the healthier side, the mom-of-two says she’s likes a nice smoothie to kick start her day.

“I was never a big breakfast person — I used to just pound coffee and a banana in the morning — but recently I started making this shake using vegan protein powder, matcha green tea powder, a banana, coconut water, and ice,” she says. “I drink it before a workout and it doesn’t make me feel too full. Or I can have it after-ward and feel satisfied until lunch.”

“I wasn’t truly confident about my body until I had my daughters, Honor, 7, and Haven, 3,” she adds of being confident in her body. “I felt more comfortable in my own skin after they were born. Plus, if I want them to be happy with their bodies, I need to walk the walk.”