Harry Potter Star Emma Watson Says “I Don’t Aspire to be Super-Skinny”

by Jessica

in Celebrity Diets, Celebrity Fitness, Celebrity Workouts, Role Preparation

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Emma Watson has come a long way since she was first cast as brainy Hermione Granger in the astronomically successful Harry Potter series almost ten years ago. As one of Britain’s youngest millionaires, the face for every fashion luminary from Burberry’s Christopher Bailey to Karl Lagerfeld, and the heroine in Perks of Being a Wallflower  – Emma Watson has skyrocketed to one of Hollywood’s most talked-about actresses.

This summer has been especially hectic for the young actress. Preparing for the final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 meant countless promotions, premieres, and press conferences around the world – which, in turn, meant spending a lot of time in the spotlight.

To always look her best at every event, Emma Watson follows a routine of mild diet and reasonable exercise. “My philosophy is to eat what you like and be healthy and exercise,” she says. Generally, her diet plan involves foods that contain low amounts of sugar, saturated fat and salt. She also stays away from junk foods, and instead opts for fresh fruits, vegetables, leans meats and healthy salads. Emma is adamant about one thing, however – she can’t stand Hollywood putting pressure on girls to be thin. “If I feel like I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad,” she says. “I don’t diet and I don’t aspire to be super-skinny. It’s not inspirational at all for me. I love food and I love cooking, and I love having nice meals.” Indeed, she counts cinnamon bagels, chocolate, and pasta among her favorite foods. “Luckily, I exercise a lot,” she explains.

While Emma Watson is often spotted going to the gym, she says her favorite form of exercise is running outdoors, hill walking, and field hockey – anything that builds up a healthy sweat. “Sports really make me feel good about myself,” Emma told Star Magazine. “For some reason, girls seem to think [being athletic] is unfeminine and they worry about being ‘pretty.’ But I feel the most pretty when I come off the pitch after a field hockey game and I’ve got pink cheeks and bright eyes.” At Brown, where she briefly attended university, she would do 90-minute workouts daily at the school gym with her friends.

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