Actress Emmy Rossum is living life on her terms. Not only is the "Shameless" star leaving the critically-acclaimed series when and how she wants to, but she's also redefining what health and fitness mean to her.
"Last year I did an overhaul. I started listening to my body about what exercise and food make me feel good and how much sleep I really need," she shared with Shape.
Here's what she did in order to live her best, and most healthy, life ever.
She's Scaled-Back Her Workouts
"I used to do a lot of intense cardio and high-intensity interval training, but I’ve scaled some of that back," she told the magazine. "I felt as if I was in a pattern of doing those things because I thought I was supposed to, not because they gave me joy, and I wanted workouts that made me feel more in tune with my body."
Now the actress focuses more on Pilates and a program called GST [Grace Somatomorphic Technique]. While Rossum calls GST "stretching-based," according to the GST website, the workout involves techniques involving manipulation, restructuring and neural reprogramming, which are designed specifically to address the unique requirements of fascia.
The results, the website says, include reshaping and rebuilding your body. Put that together with the toning and flexibility benefits of Pilates, and, well, who needs HIIT when you're building a long and lean body without all the sweat?
She Doesn't Weigh Herself
“I think it’s vital that we stop focusing on unimportant things, like a number, and start thinking of our real worth as what we’ve accomplished, as well as the things that make us unique and strong,” Rossum said, who started the “I Weigh” movement on Instagram in order to promote body positivity.
While making the goal to "lose ten pounds" is a good starting point for a goal, it's important to know that a scale doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to weight loss and fitness.
For starters, our weight continuously fluctuates from morning to night (and especially after you've just eaten or drank a lot of water). Also, a pound of fat and a pound of muscle weigh the same but look different. So while you might be losing fat and gaining muscle, you could potentially weigh the same.
And possibly the most important part? The actress put it best: "The idea that stepping on a piece of metal is how you should define yourself? I don’t think so!”
She Preps Her Meals
"I’ve become a stress cooker, not a stress eater," Rossum said. "I’ll roast a bunch of carrots and make some fish and cauliflower rice, so I know what I’m putting in my body. That allows me to have a really good relationship with what I’m eating—avocados and healthy oils, good starches, and foods that are going to fuel me for the rest of my week."
There are many benefits of prepping your own meals like the star. It's not only healthy for your pocketbook, but it's also great for weight loss since you know exactly what you are putting into your body, and how much. And if you take a page from Rossum's recipe book, you'll be reaping many health benefits, too. Lean protein, like fish, as well as fibrous veggies, like cauliflower, and healthy fats are not only all ripe with essential nutrients but help you stay satiated longer.
When it comes to living healthy, Rossum offers a perspective that is less focused on perspiration and more on purpose.
"My overall approach to food and movement now is holistic. I feel more centered and connected to myself. It’s as if I’m living in the body that I’m supposed to have.”
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