While most of us tend eat low-fat foods when we’re on a diet, Vanessa Hudgens does quite the opposite.
In her latest cover story with Women’s Health, the Powerless star reveals she dropped 10 lbs. by sticking to a high-fat meal plan. For starters, she always kicks off her day with something hearty and healthy like eggs, bacon and half an avocado.
“I eat a whole avocado every day. I need high fats. If I’m not getting enough, my body holds on to calories,” she explains. “We’ve been trained to think that fats are bad, but they’re so good — a source of energy and sustenance that keeps you going through the day. That’s the only way I can not eat carbs.”
“High fats and no carbs,” she continues. “When I ate carbs, I would get that dip in the afternoon, where I felt really sluggish. When I’m off them, my energy stays consistent throughout the day.”
Hudgens, who had to bounce back after packing on 20 lbs. to play a runaway teen in 2014’s Gimme Shelter, is admittedly a salad fiend, eating it with chicken and half an avocado for lunch and grilled salmon or steak and sautéed veggies for dinner. She adds her go-tos include Sweetsalt Food Shop, a gourmet eatery in Los Angeles’ Toluca Lake neighborhood, which “makes fantastic salads.”
“I get grilled salmon with greens, pear, avocado, and pomegranate seed,” she quips, before confessing to indulging in ramen with her sisters during cheat days. “Since I got back to eating like this the last month or so, I’ve lost 10 pounds. That’s a lot for my [5’1″] height.”
Diet aside, the 28-year-old also exercises regularly, citing yoga and Pilates as some of her favorite workouts. “I don’t consider it fitness,” she shares. “It’s more like therapy for me.”
“I’m really competitive when it comes to fitness. I like being around people so I can compete,” Hudgens says of taking group classes at places like SoulCycle. “I tend to ride for the teachers. I’m such a performer. I love being in front, because I’ll push myself harder and I’ll give the class energy too. So it’s a win-win.”