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Hilary Duff Heats Up Shape's May Magazine Cover

 

Hilary Duff is on fire! Back from a hiatus after the birth of her son, Luca, the 27-year-old has returned to TV in the addictive new show Younger and is recording music for an upcoming CD, her first in eight years. She’s also the single mom of a rambunctious 3-year-old. Yet despite the chaos, she manages to be calm, cool, chic, and all-natural sexy. How? To help us out, Duff compiled a list of her guiding principles for health and happiness. Take a sneak peak! 

On not succumbing to pressure: "There’s so much pressure to always have it together, and I’m not falling for it. 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."

On her new acting gig: "I embrace the mess. I had to be careful not to screw up in public as a child actor. So on my new show, Younger—which is written by Darren Star, who created Sex and the City—it’s really fun for me to play Kelsey, a 27-year-old book editor whose personal life is a hot mess. She always chooses the wrong guy, drinks way too much, and has to cover for herself the next morning."

On her fitness routine: "I don’t do auto-gym. 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 sledgehammer where I swing it and hit a rubber block, and it gets out all of my aggressions. Everyone is like, 'Uh-oh, Hilary’s got the hammer—get out of the way!'”

On her diet habits: "I rely on grown-woman food. 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 and I once considered doing a baby-food diet, but it just sounded too disgusting."

On her guilty pleasure: "The key to a happy life is cheese. It’s a real problem. I can’t say no to it! There’s a cheese shop in Beverly Hills, and my car is like a magnet to it. Luca is crazy about it, too. Love the cheese!"

On her fashion must-have: "I'm a sucker for denim! I probably own 30 pairs of jeans, but honestly, I don’t wear most of them. I rotate eight or nine pairs. My favorites are my Frame jeans with holes in the knees. They have a lot of stretch and cling to my legs."

For more from Hilary Duff, pick up the issue on newsstands now!