But that's not always the case— and we chose star AnnaLynne McCord to be on the cover of our Sexiest Bodies in Hollywood issue to prove it! The Southern gal's approach to eating and exercising contradicts what we've always heard about how celebrities get their sleek, sculpted shapes. AnnaLynne, 22, shows that when it comes to healthy living, sane plus smart equals sexy! Despite the tempting treats, she's kept a trim figure her entire life-thanks, she says, to her mom.
Ten years ago, her mother lost 45 pounds with strategies she picked up from The Weigh Down Diet. By following a few basic guidelines—such as pushing away your plate when you're full and allowing for splurges in moderation—her mother got much fitter and inspired her three daughters to "think thin" in the process.
Cook When You Can Because of her crazy-busy schedule—she's on set at 6 a. Usually she has an egg sandwich or French toast-or both if she's really hungry. She tends to graze the rest of the day, grabbing a turkey and ham sandwich for lunch, a handful of red and green pepper strips with ranch dressing or cereal bars for a snack, and vegetable soup plus fish or chicken for dinner.
When she isn't working until the wee hours, AnnaLynne likes to make healthy, home-cooked meals, and her specialty is citrus chicken. She throws in lots of fresh chopped herbs, like rosemary, sage, and thyme, and browns the chicken slowly until it's done. Of course, she's not always perfect when it comes to her food choices: She's obsessed with Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas, but sticking to her mother's moderation rule, indulges only once or twice a week.
And she's recently discovered why she loves them so much. We did them all. For more then two years, she's been the Goodwill Ambassador for the Blind Project, an organization that fights human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
She's also helped rebuild houses for displaced families in New Orleans with the St. Bernard Project, and right before the earthquake hit, she brought supplies and gifts to orphans in Haiti. She's so committed, she says, her New Year's resolution was to "empower and challenge my friends to work for charities that speak to them, because it's so rewarding.
For me success is not all about the paycheck or magazine covers. It's about figuring out why I'm here and discovering my greater purpose in life.