It might seem corny, but actress, dancer, and singer Julianne Hough told INSIDER that she doesn’t have any health or fitness regrets — just knowledge.
“I think everything is a learning experience,” she told INSIDER in an email while at the Propel Co Lab Fitness Festival in Los Angeles, coming this summer to NYC, Chicago, and Miami.
“And I’ve been lucky that I’ve been active my whole life,” she added. “Today, fitness is as much about my mental and spiritual self as it is my physical being.”
Here is her advice and some information she’s learned over the years that may help you ditch fad diets and live a healthy life free of regrets.
Although Hough admitted it’s been a while since she did a “super-trendy diet thing,” she does remember one that she isn’t fond of.
“That maple syrup, lemon, cayenne pepper cleanse that you made at home,” she said, referencing the Master Cleanse. “It is the worst thing ever.”
She added that when people start doing all these trendy cleanses they can mess up their body. INSIDER previously reported that cleanses and detoxes don’t have any health benefits. In fact, people who lose weight by “detoxing” usually gain it all back
“I tried being vegan, but it didn’t work for me,” she said. “I think I was just eating the wrong kind of vegan because I felt bloated and just, overall, not good; but it works for some people.”
That’s the thing that is tricky about trends, Hough said, there isn’t great info on how to do it healthily.
“It’s just don’t eat gluten or just eat vegan,” she said. “There isn’t anyone giving great facts about how to actually do it in a way that’s healthy and right for your body.”
So before trying something new do your research, talk with your doctor, and know that you aren’t bound to on diet or way of eating for life. That said, the best diet to follow is one that you can stick to and maintain, INSIDER previously reported.
Deciding to step up your health and fitness game is great, but Hough notes that extremes aren’t.
“I know it’s cliché, but I live [sic] by the idea of everything in moderation,” she said. “If I’m craving something, I’m not going to deprive myself of having it because then I’ll give in and eat way too much of whatever it is later.”
Considering your long-term goals is key to finding a nutrition and workout plan that is right for you — it doesn’t have to be overly complicated with fad diets, cleanses, or extreme workouts.
“There is no way anyone can be on a diet all the time,” Hough said. “Instead, be smart about your food choices, find activities you love to do, and if you want a bite of cake, don’t deprive yourself.”