Alison Brie, who stars in the comedy-drama series “GLOW,” is saying what everyone, including celebrities would love to say about dieting. She feels better about her body when she doesn’t diet.
Not only does dieting create physical stresses on your body if not done right, it also unleashes cravings for carbohydrates, because dieting changes your metabolism.
It kicks in chemicals in the brain that historically react during times of famine. When you diet, that’s exactly how you feel.
The 37-year-old actress admits restricting what she can eat has a detrimental effect of her mental and physical health. She says cravings lead to bad diet choices.
“I used to feel more out of control with it. Being more diligent has been helpful for me mentally,” she told Women’s Health magazine:
Alison also shared her meal plan as she prepares to play a wrestler in the new season of her Netflix show, “GLOW,” which is in its fourth and final season.
She has oatmeal with protein powder for breakfast, followed by a chocolate and sea salt Après vegan protein shake.
She drinks the shake after she has done her morning exercise.
For lunch, she usually has tuna salad with spinach and whatever other vegetables are in the fridge. She follows that up with ground turkey stir fry.
She places strict limits on carbohydrates and times when she eats them.
When she is not working towards an acting role, Alison likes to be vegetarian or vegan, and rid herself of her meat input.
Meanwhile, Alison previously admitted she is “addicted to strength” training.
“Weights that I can’t physically put on the thing [bar], I can lift with my legs and butt,” she explains.
“I can do pull-ups! I was always into exercising to be skinny, which can become a very unhealthy compulsion,” she adds.
“Learning how to wrestle you have to protect your partner and yourself, so I stopped thinking about how I looked and focused on how my body worked … I do think when I was younger there was so much pressure to be the ‘hot young thing.’ That was how you were going to get a job. I don’t feel that way any more.”
Brie has talked in the past about how she suffers from “body dysmorphia, and says it’s still with her to some degree.
“I go back to red carpet photos where I thought I looked so horrible, and there are some where I now think, God, I looked beautiful. And I’ll remember: An hour before that I was in tears; I thought I was so disgusting. I think it’s something I’ll probably be working through my whole life. And depression too,” she says.