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Ginnifer Goodwin: I've Been On Weight Watchers Since I Was Nine

Ginnifer Goodwin appears in the latest issue of 'Health' magazine and tells the magazine that she's been on Weight Watchers since she was 9-years-old.

"I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 23 years, and I'm back on it right now," says the Big Love actress. "It's the only thing on the planet that doesn't dehydrate you or just make you miserable."

Why would any kid try to lose weight before even hitting double digits? Goodwin says she decided to change her eating habits because she was unhappy as a "heavy little girl" in fourth grade.

"I really did go through a period when I was very little when I remember realizing that vegetables did not come out of the ground deep-fried," she explains. "And I remember my mom making dinner for me the first night that I was on this new program, and I burst out crying because the vegetables were green, and I thought she was trying to starve me to death."

"I've never had a dramatic weight problem, it's just that I tend to indulge, and then I need to get back on track so I can button my pants."

As for how she knows when she's at her 'happy weight', Goodwin says she has a magic number.

"I actually have a number, and I know that some people say that's not the healthiest gauge. But I have had a number for, honestly, 12 years that's my happy number where I feel good about myself and my energy's high. I call it my 'shooting weight', because it's also the number that Matthew Rolston doesn't freak me out when I see myself on screen."

The actress has also added a cardio workouts and ballet classes in recent years to balance her diet.

"But even when I'm too heavy, I'm still confident because I never actually let myself go," she adds. "I can be indulgent for six months and put on some weight, but I still never actually get to the point of being unhappy and self-destructive... I'm really good at hiding things, so I'm always pretty confident. Except when I'm in a bathing suit. It doesn't matter what my body looks like, I hate putting on bathing suits in front of other people."

December 23, 2010 |

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