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Ginnifer Goodwin: I've been on Weight Watchers for 23 years

It’s not a secret that stars have to watch their weight – Amy Adams has even had an epiphany about it – and for “Big Love” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, the answer has been to stick to Weight Watchers…for the long haul.

Goodwin reveals in the January/February 2011 issue of Health magazine that she’s been on Weight Watchers since she was 9, and in fact, she was back on it at the time of the interview.

“I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 23 years,” she explained. “It’s the only thing on the planet that doesn’t dehydrate you or just make you miserable. I’ve never had a dramatic weight problem, it’s just that I tend to indulge, and then I need to get back on track so I can button my pants.”

Goodwin, who’s from Memphis, said that she battled the bulge as a child.

“I really did go through a period when I was very little when I remember realizing that vegetables did not come out of the ground deep-fried,” she recalled. “I changed my eating habits in fourth grade because I was a heavy little girl, and I was unhappy. And I remember my mom making dinner for me the first night that I was on this new program, and I burst out crying because the vegetables were green, and I thought she was trying to starve me to death.”

Now, however, Goodwin says she’s “an extremely healthy person,” although she says that some don’t find her habit of having a certain number as her “happy weight” to be particularly healthy.

“But I have had a number for, honestly, 12 years - that's my happy number where I feel good about myself and my energy's high,” Goodwin said. “I call it my 'shooting weight,' because it's also the number that doesn't freak me out when I see myself on screen.”

The actress, who says the physiques of actresses like Jessica Biel and Jennifer Aniston inspire her, maintains her body confidence by never actually letting herself go, she told Health.

“I can be indulgent for six month[s] and put on some weight, but I still never actually get to the point of being unhappy and self-destructive,” she said. “And working with my amazing stylist, I'm really good at hiding things, so I'm always pretty confident. Except when I'm in a bathing suit. It doesn't matter what my body looks like, I hate putting on bathing suits in front of other people.”