Zoe Saldana doesn’t believe in dieting! Whoa, is this really coming from a Hollywood actress with the number one movie at the box office? Gracing the June cover of Shape, the Guardians Of The Galaxy star shares her passion for clean eating (translation: eating fresh!). “Once you know better, you can’t not care,” she explains. “I know what it’s like to live on a tight budget, but my mom was one of those parents who gave us great food despite our budget. That’s where I get who I am from, and I’d like to be a voice of inspiration for my Latino community, as underage diabetes and high blood pressure are on the rise.” Saldana, 38, subscribes to the 80/20 philosophy and lives life in moderation — just not dieting. “I try not to deprive my body of anything, because the moment I have just salads and protein for a few days, I crave carbs. But when I eat everything in balance, I think less about food and more about everything else. It’s about eating to live, not living to eat.”
The actress, who is mother to three boys under the age of three, has a very hectic schedule. “I can’t work out regularly, so I compensate by eating a lot healthier than I might otherwise.” So what is a typical workout in Saldana’s life? She tries to exercise three times a week, “but I don’t believe in getting on one machine for 30 minutes.” Rather, she enjoys 20-minute interval training sessions where she runs in place for 30 seconds and follows with squats and a medicine ball until she gets her heart rate up.