Fitness Magazine named Penelope Cruz, Hottest Celebrity Body of 2013, beating out other notable hot bod's, Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock.
The 39-year-old, mother-of-two credits her post-baby shape to a way of life that includes dancing, a vegetarian diet, a Mediterranean way of eating, breast feeding and chasing after her little ones.
According to Motley Health, Cruz does not diet and exercise per se, but lives in such a way that she keeps her body in tip-top shape. She became a vegetarian in 2000 and adheres to a Mediterranean way of eating, which dictates how and when she eats, as opposed to following a strict diet.
“I know how to cook and it’s important to me to make fresh food every day. I don’t do crazy diets, just the good Mediterranean food that I love because it’s important to eat well,” she said in an interview. with the India Times.
While the sultry, Spanish actress loves pasta, bread and wine, she is careful about excess. A self-named rehabilitated "junk food junky", Cruz decided years ago to make changes to her lifestyle, reconciling herself with food, opting to eat moderately and healthy. She also gave up smoking, began to exercise and meditate, and made sure she got enough sleep.
Cruz had her baby girl, Luna, in July 2013 and wowed the red carpet at the opening of her film, The Counselor, with her quick return to her pre-baby shape.
Breastfeeding is another of her secrets to her fabulous body.
"I think I'm very lucky that I can breastfeed my children because sometimes even if a woman wants to, she can't," said cruz in an interview. "I breastfed my son for 13 months and I plan to do at least the same with my daughter. That's an amazing thing for babies, but it's also really good for the mother because it regulates your body again after pregnancy.''
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