April 14th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
When it comes to maintaining her physique, Gwyneth Paltrow has never held back – she revealed that she "did green juices and salads for three days" when she had to get ready for “Iron Man 2” - and she’s just as candid in SELF magazine’s May issue.
"I've found what works for me. I know if I put in an hour and a half, five days a week, I'm good. If I'm on vacation and, like, "F- it, I'm not working out," I know what to do when I get back,” Paltrow explains.
Like getting in 45 minutes of cardio, five days a week, "because I like to eat,” the 38-year-old actress says. “I also try for 45 minutes of muscular structure work, which is toning, realigning and lengthening. If I’m prepping for something or I’ve been eating a lot of pie, I do two hours a day, six days a week for two weeks.”
All of the effort seems to have paid off, because Paltrow says she's turned a problem area into a hot commodity. When she met her trainer Tracy Anderson, she says the fitness guru told her she "had a long, square butt" that Anderson was going to redesign. "I was, like, 'Yeah? Good luck.' The amazing thing is, she was right!"
The changes have come as a surprise to Paltrow, who “never thought that I’d be considered to have a good body. I was bony up top and kind of dumpy on the bottom,” she says. “But my trainer...completely changed my legs, butt, arms and stomach. I feel better than ever, too.”
The "Country Strong" star dismisses the idea that she's the only one who could carve out such a physique. “A lot of women think, 'Oh, my God, I could never get there,' but I don't think that's true," she says. "It's simply relative to how much you put into it."
Read the rest of SELF's interview with Gwyneth Paltrow when the issue hits newsstands on April 19.
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